How to Get Google to Index Your Site

Get Google to Index Your Site

If you have registered a domain name and put up a website, you need to submit the URL to the search engines in order for them to index the site.  It doesn’t happen automatically.  There are a few steps to it, but if you take it one by one, it is easily achieved.  You can always outsource the task to someone on Fiverr if you choose, and have it done for five dollars.  You can watch the video on How to Get Google to Index Your Site or read the post – your choice.

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Here I am at, and I’m going to go to my homepage.  This is Webmaster Tools, and you have to have a free account with Google in order to access it.  You would get a free account with Google – if you have a Google Plus account, then you already have an account.  Just go to webmasters/tools after the

Index Your Site

I’m going to add a site.  I’m want to add a new site in order for Google to index my site so that the robots will come every day and crawl my site, and it will show up in the search engines.  I’m going to add the name of the site that I want to get indexed.  I put the URL in there, and hit continue.

How to Get Google To Index Your SiteHere are the instructions.  It seems complicated, but if you take it step-by-step it’s really not that hard.  You would download this HTML verification file. 

This is a short file that you would download, and they even give you the file name here; it’s an HTML extension. 

That would be the first step, I’m going to click on that link.  I’m going to save the file, and I’m going to save it to my desktop.  So that’s the first step.

Then you upload the file to the root directory of the site you’re wanting to index.  So, I already have freeFileZilla, it’s an FTP software that you used to transfer files from your computer to the Internet.  So, I’ve got JVMarketingBasics hosted on Bluehost, so I’m going to go ahead and open up my FileZilla.

I’m going to refresh the content because I added a new file.  I’m going to navigate to the file I downloaded.  Now, here’s my desktop, now let me scroll this over in order to view it a little better.  Okay, here is the Google, and all those numbers and letters, dot html file that is on my desktop –  this is the one.  So I actually drag to the directory, to the site  I am wanting to upload it to.   It’s as simple as dragging it.

I’m going to minimize this now –  so, I have downloaded the file, I’ve uploaded the file.  Now Get Google To Index Your Sitenumber three, it says confirms successful upload  by visiting this site in your browser.  Okay, click that, and here it is:  googlesite verification –  there is the file.

So, let me go back to the instructions.  Click verify below.  To stay verified, don’t remove the HTML file even after verification succeeds.  Okay, I’m going to click verify.  Congratulations, you have successfully verified your ownership of

And now you see that I have this new site listed in my website list.  Make sure you follow these steps for each website you would like to be indexed in Google.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Click here to see another cool post called Creating Google Friendly Content Doesn’t Have To Be a Struggle.

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  • Clyde

    Just completed and uploaded a new post after reading your earlier post. Check out the post title. When I checked my mail I found a message about this post.

    You have been busy.

    As soon as I finished watching the video I used the webmaster tool to place 2 of my sites on the indexing list. I never knew about this so I am expecting to see some improvement. Of course I know I still have to keep the blog current, entertaining and useful. Seems like I learned that from you.


    • Carol Amato

      Hi Clyde!

      Congrats on being productive right away in 2013! :)

      So glad I could help. Having my site indexed by the search engines was one of those illusive things that I never understood until I watch a video tutorial on it.

      Took a look at your post, cool twist! :) If I may make a suggestion, I would redo your header graphic in order to convey immediately to the visitor what your site is all about. They have between 3-6 seconds to decide whether they’re staying or leaving, and need to know exactly what they can find on your site by your header…

      Hope to help. :)
      – Carol

  • Eduardo Alvarez

    Hi Carol,
    Thank you so much for this article. I followed your steps and indexed my site with no problem.
    Question: The Dashboard that you show is also available in Webmasters Tools?

    Once again, thanks!

    • Carol Amato

      Hello Eduardo,

      You are very welcome. :-) I’m so glad you followed the video step-by-step, and indexed your site – congratulations!

      Not sure what you mean by dashboard, you mean where all of my sites are listed? This is part of the Webmasters tools.

      Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts. :)

      – Carol

  • Kim Windfeather

    Hey Carol,

    Great information. Love it!! One question though…I’m not that familiar with how to use Filezilla. What do I put in the HOST and PORT fields at the top of Filezilla, and does it matter what folder I drag the Google HTML file to? Okay, I guess that was two questions. :)

    Thanks ~ Kim

    • Carol Amato

      Hi Kim,

      So glad to help! Your “Welcome Email” you got from your hosting company when you signed up would have your info to fill in for FileZilla…

      Or, you can go to your host, in my case, Bluehost (also have GreenGeeks and use HostGator..), and log into cPanel, Go to Files, then click on FTP Accounts, then click on Configure FTP Client to see the corresponding info for your domain. :)

      As far as what folder to drag the Google HTML file to….That would depend on your URL that you are indexing… the ROOT directory…The main root of the domain.

      For instance, I have a directory for Bluehost, carolamato/bluehost – I would NOT drag it there…..I would drag it to plain ‘ole

      Hope to help. :)

      – Carol

      • Kim Windfeather

        Thank you, Carol. You’re always so helpful and I appreciate you investing your time in helping others succeed. You are one of the rare internet marketers that I truly trust to give great, honest, and helpful internet marketing information and advice. I’m also appreciative of how you stay on top of the new trends and products when it comes to SEO. I don’t have time to do that, so I am that much more grateful!! By the way, I’ve been hearing that SEO is going out and P.T.O is coming in. P.TO. stands for People and Traffic Optimization. That might be a good new blog post for you to write about if you haven’t already. :)

        Blessings ~ Kim

        • Carol Amato

          Hello Kim,

          I am vert glad to help you – you are a go-getter, and I appreciate that you are taking action in your business. :-)

          I really appreciate your kind words, that means a lot. SEO will never go out, but other strategies will always make their way on the scene as things change in the industry. Flexibility is a must for website owners. Will consider a blog post. :)

          Have a good evening.
          – Carol

  • Adrian

    Thanks for this post on how google index a site. It really help us a lot in indexing our sites. =)

    • Carol Amato

      Awesome, thanks, Adrian