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 Google.com/webmasters/tools, 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 Google.com.
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.
Here 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 number 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 JVMarketingBasics.com.
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.