Indexing Your Site Quickly
I don’t know about you, but when I’ve just finished building a site I usually want to get it indexed as quickly as possible so I can start trying to rank it. When you’ve got a new site you can sit around and wait for it to be indexed by Google and other search engines, but there are things that you can do to speed the process up. Getting a site indexed can take anything from a few hours to around a week, but if you do some of the things that I mention hopefully it’ll take closer to a few hours than to a week! Before I start going through the things that I do to get a site indexed, I’d recommend having at least 5 pages of unique content before doing any of the following! First impressions are important, even when it comes to search engines!
Social Bookmarking Sites
This is one of the easiest, yet most effective ways of getting a site indexed. All you need to do is create an account (if you don’t already have an account that is!) and post a link to your site. I use Digg, Reddit and Twitter most often to do this. Just remember that if you’re using a site that uses tags, use generic words such as “car” instead of “best car of 2012” etc.
It’s not a bad idea to create a XML sitemap for a new website either. This will create a list of all the pages on your site that you want a search engine to find. By doing this, you’re making it easier for a search engine to index all of your site rather than just a page or two. Nowadays, there are loads of plugins for WordPress and so on to do all of this for you, I personally use Google XML sitemap and find it great.
Blog commenting is another great way to get search engines to notice your new site. Try to comment on a blog that gets updated regularly (so that you know search engines crawl it on a regular basis) as well as a blog that is related to your niche. Leave a comment (make sure it’s useful and relevant, otherwise it mightn’t get approved) and hopefully the search engines will notice your link and index your site.
If you already use Google Analytics, add it to your site once you want it to be indexed. I usually do this anyway so that I know where my traffic is coming from, but it also helps to get your site noticed.
Lastly, if you’re not sure how to check whether your site has been indexed or not on Google or whatever, just type this in and see if there are any results: site:mydomain.com