I’m going to tell you three things you can do to get your pages indexed lightning fast on Google. What do I mean by indexed being indexed? Simply means that Google has visited your page installed the content ready to put it on the results page in front of its users.
But it doesn’t know when you add a page or update one. So when you add or update a page it’s up to you to tell Google and make sure it takes a look and uses the very latest up-to-date version.
There are three possible scenarios
Great, Not perfect and Disastraus
Google has the latest version of your page that uses that to decide where to rank you. It ranks you top and shows you front and center two boatloads of users and sends tons of people to your site.
- Not perfect
Google doesn’t even know your page exists so it can’t include it in the results at all.
Google never shows your amazing content to its users and nobody visits your page from Google’s results. That’s a disaster.
To illustrate here are some examples of how fast Google finds new content on some major sites. This is a study by Onely the guys called Bartosz Góralewicz it’s from 2019 so it’s very recent. We can see for sites the
I’ll start with the target as you can see Google found only 5% of the pages they published on the first day. It found 75% by day 7 that’s a full week where they’re not fully indexed. Where these pages are not attracting traffic. After a week it seems ok but 3 out of 10 pages still not getting over it even into week 2 that’s a phenomenal lost opportunity.
Eventbrite even worse almost 50% were still not found by Google after 2 weeks that’s half of their content which hasn’t been found by Google and cannot be shown by Google to its users that’s a phenomenal waste.
Here Reuters they give, for 15% of Reuters pages Google seems to have stopped looking after day 2 and will probably never find them. All of those sites are losing traffic. Sometimes slow can be deadly too for time-sensitive content you can’t wait a week, after a week news is dead and that page becomes a complete waste of your time.
So you want to make sure that Google knows your page exists and that it’s up to date with the latest and greatest version as fast as possible every time you update it and It’s up to you and it’s really easy.
I’m going to show you three things you can do the last one is the most important and the most effective. So Below are the three tips to get indexed fast in Google.
1. Add a Link From Another Page
Add a link to the page you created or updated in a page that already appears a lot in Google. Which one though the home page is a great candidate. Google has a look at that first every time it visits your site.
But adding too many links to your home page isn’t a great idea either for Google or for your users. You can’t link to every single page on your site from the home page.
So have a look in the search console order the pages by impressions descending. Add a link to a page that Google already likes make sure it talks about something related to the page you want to index. Because you need to make sure that pages that link to each other are related and talked about similar topics.
2. Add an XML Sitemap
In WordPress I use Yoast it’s really good for the sitemap and it’s also great for SEO. In other CMS’s find an extension or a plugin that has the last modified date for the reasons I just explained. If you don’t use a CMS you can always create your own by hand. But it needs to make an update every time You update your content.
Once you’ve created an XML sitemap You add it to the search console. A nice thing about the search console is it shows you the last time Google looked at your sitemap. If you haven’t registered your site in the search console.
Do it now.
It’s free and it’s very important and it’s essential to this last tip that’s the most effective and the most powerful.
3. Submit through Search Console
If you copy-paste the URL in there Google goes and has a look to see if it’s already got it in the index or not. There we have the confirmation. We have the request indexing click on that and ask Google to go and have a look at the page to see if it wants to index it.
If the live URL can be in the index it means that needs to go to the URL pick it up to get the page then go back and see if it can put it in its index or not. I say this might take a minute or two. It actually takes a little bit less than a minute but in this context of trying to do this in teal time that minute does seem just a little long. But if you’re a little bit patient you’ll see that Google will finish this testing. It will figure out that it can index the URL and then it will submit it to the index.
Now go back and you can see if this page is now in Google’s index.
So that’s how you can get a new page indexed incredibly fast or an updated page re-indexed incredibly fast. Also make sure that Googlers got your latest pages and the latest version of your pages for it index.
So now you know why it’s so important to get your new and updated pages indexed by Google quickly and how to do it. Don’t wait for Google to find your page by Chance it may take weeks or never happen. In either case you’re wasting time and You’re losing traffic. So make sure all Pages have a link from a relevant page on your site that’s already shown in Google results. Add a sitemap to your site and submit pages to search console When you update them.
A little secret If you have a small site you can ignore the first two and just submit through the Search console. But logical internal linking is good for ranking and then XML sitemap means that you have a safety net. Even if you forget to submit manually Google will find the new or updated page And it will just be a little bit slower. But you can forget you don’t need to Submit it systematically.