News Courtesy of wpbeginner.com:
Recently, one of our users asked us how to get their WordPress site listed on Google? Being the largest search engine in the world, Google is quite good at automatically detecting and listing new websites. However, sometimes it may not automatically list your website right away. Since Google is the biggest traffic source for most websites, it’s important that you get your website listed in Google immediately. In this article, we will share how to easily get your WordPress site listed on Google.
Listing Your WordPress Site on Google
Before we start, you would need to create a Google Webmasters Tool account (also known as Search Console). You can easily set it up by following our step by step instructions on how to add your WordPress site to Google Webmaster Tools.
The article outlines 4 steps that guide you in getting your website indexed by Google. The first step is to ensure that you are not blocking Google’s bot from crawling and indexing your website. It’s a setting that can be found in the Reading options of the WordPress Dashboard. You’ll want to make sure that Search Engine Visibility is not checked off.
Steps 2 and 3 have you install the Yoast SEO plugin and connect Google Search Console to Yoast. Step 4 requires further configuration in regards to setting up an XML sitemap. If you’re unfamiliar with sitemaps, they are more or less a directory of pages within your website. It helps search engines to locate these pages for indexing.
The last step directs you to go into Google Webmaster Tools and submit that sitemap. This notifies Google where it can find said sitemap. Eventually, they should begin crawling the sitemap for indexing. The directions outlined in the article are all steps that I perform when I want to index a client’s website. However, there is a huge omission for a final step. And it is an important one.
The last thing you should do to speed up the indexing process is to use Search Console’s Fetch As Google in the Crawl of Webmaster Tools. I can’t believe wpbeginner didn’t mention this at all. Many times you can get a page indexed in a matter of minutes using this tool. There is the option to have Google crawl all of the links located on a given page or only the page itself. If I’m in a hurry, sometimes I’ll submit URL’s directly in hopes of getting them indexed as soon as possible. Using Fetch as Google should definitely be a part of the indexing process!