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Creating a brand new website or building on an existing one can be very refreshing for your business. By doing so, you not only encourage new business but you also help your existing clientele understand what services and support your business has to offer.
When you create or build on a website, however, you have only completed half the work. In order to have your work recognized by Google, you will need to make sure your new information is indexed. Here, we will discuss how you can ask Google to crawl a page or URL for your website.
Reasons to Ask Google to Crawl a Page
Currently, there are ample systems of support that are readily available online and have made it much easier to build a website. Nonetheless, not being familiarized with the tech terms can make the whole process much more complicated and stressful, especially if you’re new to digital marketing.
After putting much time and effort in creating a page, it can be frustrating to find out that Google is not recognizing your work. The top three reasons why you may want to ask Google to crawl or recrawl a page are:
- You just created a new post or page and you want Google to process the new content more quickly;
- You have made changes to a post or page and you want Google to update that information; or
- You have run a Google search for your new page and the page is not being found.
Google can eventually recognize the changes you have made, but this can take a very long time. Instead of waiting for Google to find the new content for you, you can manually enter the information so that Google becomes aware of the new information immediately. Allowing Google to become aware of the new information faster is beneficial for SEO purposes as it gets your content into the search engine index and allows that page to start competing for rankings.
Step-By-Step Process – Submitting a Page to Google Index
- Google Search Console – Before you can begin, you will need to set up an account on Google Search Console. (You can find more information on how to do this here: https://www.launchpadlegalmarketing.com/category/google-tools/
- Get the URL – Run a search for the page or from your dashboard, go to pages and open the website in question. Copy the URL link of the page.
- Open Google Search Console – Open a new tab for Google Search Console. Once on the landing page, you can select which website you will be working on from a drop-down menu on the left hand side. If you only have one website, it will be displayed there as well.
- Inspect URL – Paste and search the URL you copied on the search box that reads “Inspect any URL”. Here, you will be able to see any information Google has on your website, such as when the page was last crawled or any possible errors.
- Retrieving Data from Google Index – When working on a brand new website or new page, you will get a notification stating that the URL has not been found on Google.
- Request Indexing – Whether or not you are working on a new site, select “Request Indexing” on the notification you were given. By requesting the index, Google will visit the page and it will make sure the page can be indexed.
- Indexing Has Been Rejected – An index can be rejected if someone has set up the website to stop search engines from indexing the page. You can easily change this through WordPress. On the dashboard, open the settings and select the option for “Reading”. You will see a section labeled as “Search Engine Visibility” and uncheck the box titled as “Discourage search engines from indexing this site”. Make sure to save the changes and attempt indexing one more time.
- Queued – Once you have indexed the URL and the information was processed, you should receive a notification stating that your “URL has been added to a priority crawl queue”. This means Google has your request and it will index the URL. Typically, you can see the changes the same day or within the next few days, but Google is notifying you that requesting the index again will not make the process any faster. You should also know that submitting an index will not make your website appear on page one of a Google search. Indexing is a process that is made so that Google simply becomes aware of the website. If you want to get your website onto the first page of a Google search, the matter will involve further SEO efforts.
- Test Live URL – On the upper right hand, you should find a button that reads “Test Live URL”. Here, you will be able to see how Google sees the website. This step can also be completed before requesting the index, as you can check if the URL is available and check if the URL can be indexed.
- View Tested Page – Under the section labeled as “URL is available to Google”, you can select to “View Tested Page”. Once you have clicked to view, a new pop-up page will be opened. Here, you can take a closer look at the website code and make sure that the changes you have made to your website and what Google sees is the same.
- Checking the Index Process – If you want to make sure your indexing was processed, you can resubmit the URL link on the inspecting search box. After running the inspection, you will see if the URL was found or not. If it has not been processed, this just means it needs a bit more time.
Another way you can inspect the website is by Google searching “site:your website url”.
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Creating a strong website and maintaining it is a matter that demands a lot of time and dedication. At Launchpad Legal Marketing, our mission is to help you create the website you have been dreaming of. In today’s modern world, the online traffic your business generates is just as important as the traffic your in-person establishment gets. By strengthening your online presence, you can boost your business’ reputation and ultimately generate new business as well as maintain your existing clientele. Contact us today for more information on how to get your business the online attention it deserves.