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How to Get Pages Indexed by Google, Quickly

Ryan Stewart

I have an unhealthy obsession with being considered the world's BEST internet marketer. I'm highly active on social media and love a good debate.

If a page isn’t in Google’s index, there’s 0% chance that it will receive organic traffic.

Indexation, in an over simplified nutshell, is step 2 in Google’s ranking process:

  1. Crawling
  2. Indexing
  3. Ranking

This article will focus on how to get Googlebot to index more pages on your site, faster.

Read my post about managing your website’s crawl

 

How to check if your pages are indexed by Google

The first step is understanding what your website’s indexation rate is.

Indexation rate = # of pages in Google’s index / # of pages on your site

You can review how many pages your website has indexed in Google Search Console’s “Index Coverage Status Report“.

check indexation in google search console

If you see errors or a large number of pages outside of the index:

  • Your sitemap might have URLs that are non-indexable (i.e. pages set to NOINEX, blocked via robots.txt or require user login)
  • Your site might have a large number ‘low quality’ or duplicate pages that Google deems unworthy
  • Your site might not have enough ‘authority’ to justify all the pages

You can dig into the specifics in the table underneath (this is an awesome new feature in Google’s updated Search Console).

find indexation issues in search console

 

How to get pages on your site indexed

I hate to be cliche, but you really need to deliver the right experience to get Google’s attention. If your site doesn’t meet Google’s guidelines in regards to trust, authority and quality, these tips will likely not work for you.

With that being said, you can use these tactics to improve your site’s indexation rate.

 

1. Use Fetch As Google

Google Search Console has a feature allowing you to input a URL for Google to “Fetch”. After submission, Googlebot will visit your page and index.

fetch-as-google

Here’s how to do it…

  • Log into Google Search Console
  • Navigate to Crawl Fetch as Google
  • Take the URL you’d like indexed and paste it into the search bar
  • Click the Fetch button
  • After Google had found the URL, click Submit to Index

Assuming the page is indexable, it will be picked up within a few hours.

 

2. Use internal links

Search engines crawl from page to page through HTML links.

search through links

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We can use authority pages on your site to push equity to others. I like to use Ahrefs “best pages by links” report.

ahrefs best pages by links

This report tells me the most authoritative pages on my site – I can simply add an internal link from here to a page that needs equity.

It’s important to note, the 2 interlinking pages need to be relevant – it’s not a good idea to link unrelated pages together.

Read my guide about internal linking silos

 

3. Block low quality pages from Google’s index

While content is a cornerstone of a high quality website, the wrong content can be your demise. Too many low quality pages can decrease the number of times Google crawls, indexes and ranks your site..

For that reason, we want to periodically “prune” our website’s by removing the garbage pages

Pages that serve no value should be:

  • Set to NOINDEX. When the page still has value to your audience, but not search engines (think thank you pages, paid landing pages, etc).
  • Blocked via crawl through Robots.txt file. When an entire set of pages has value to your audience, but not search engines (think archives, press releases).
  • 301 redirected. When the page has no value to your audience or search engines, but has existing traffic or links (think old blog posts with links).
  • Deleted (404). When the page has no value to your audience or search engines, and has no existing traffic or links.

We’ve built a content audit tool to help you with this process.

 

4. Include the page in your sitemap

Your sitemap is a guide to help search engines understand which pages on your site are important.

Having a page in your sitemap does NOT guarantee indexation, but having failing to include important pages will decrease indexation.

If your site is running on WordPress, it’s incredibly easy to setup and submit a sitemap using a plugin (I like Yoast).

Read more about how to build a sitemap

Once your sitemap is built and submit is GSC, you can review in the Sitemaps report.

xml sitemap indexation rate

Double check to make sure all pages you want indexed are included. Triple check to make sure all pages you DON’T want indexed are NOT included.

 

5. Share the page on Twitter

Twitter is a powerful network that Google crawls regularly (they index Tweets, too).

Google indexes Tweets

It’s a no brainer to share your content on social media, but it’s also an easy way to give Google a nudge.

 

6. Share the page on high traffic sites

Sites like Reddit and Quora are popular sites that allow you to drop links. I make it a regular practice to promote recently published pages on Quora – it helps with indexation, but also can drive a ton of traffic.

promote on quora

If you’re feeling lazy (and grey hat), you can buy “social signals” on sites like Fiver.

 

7. Secure external links to the page

As previously mentioned, Google crawls from page to page through HTML links.

Getting other websites to link to yours is not only a huge ranking factor, but a great way to pick up the indexation of your website.

The easiest ways to get links:

  • Guest post on a relevant, authoritative website
  • Find relevant bloggers or media sites and reach out with an advertising request

This is grossly over simplified – you can check out my top link building tactics for more ideas.

 

8. “Ping” your website

Sites like Ping-O-Matic that send “pings” to search engines to notify them that your blog has been updated.

website pingers

Honestly, it’s not the greatest method – but it’s fast, free and easy to use

 

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Comments

  • gt Says

    Great! thanks for your information

  • Kevin Says

    Can you index content on 3rd party sites using the GWT method or only from your own site?

    • You can only index sites with this method that you have access to their webmaster tools

      • Loree Says

        The pusrcahes I make are entirely based on these articles.

  • Brandon Says

    Hi, you mentioned Rank Crew for their bookmarking service. Would you recommend using them for their other link building services as well?

  • Madii Khan Says

    Hey Ryan excellent article. My backlinks at stumbleupon and delicious etc are not indexed yet by google although I’ve made them 2 months before. Should I share them on G+ profile to get indexed faster or should I use GWT and fetch them…? Can you help me here?

  • will Says

    All of these awesome tips and tricks will not disappear anytime soon, right?

    • nope, i don’t write about bullshit trends. this is good ol’ fashioned SEO

  • MattgDavison Says

    “i don’t write about bullshit trends. this is good ol’ fashioned SEO”

    Will use this as my about ryan, for a post im writing.

    hahaha

    Nice one, was not aware you had such a big PBN. Im generally whitehat, and want to know if the ROI is really big on this and do I have to be carefull about my footprint?

  • Joe Lawrence Says

    More great tips from Ryan! I got profiled on a well established blog a few years ago and I noticed they changed over their subdomain url. So even though the original article about us was indexed, the new one was not! Had to google this to remind myself of the process and glad I found this article!

  • Deepak Agnihotri Says

    I have used these all methods but backlinks for my website have not indexed in Google. We can’t submit backlinks for our website in Google webmaster tool. Please give me some other way. It has been 20 days.

  • Asif Nandla Says

    Thanks Ryan for sharing this wonderful information. I saw alot of people saying to buy some services on BHW for backlinks indexing… though they are all blackhats, My Question is, If we use Google ADDURL service to get third party pages indexed, is it safe ?

  • Dave Ramirez Says

    I went with RankCrew. Help me SEObi wan kenobi, you’re my only hope!

  • Laurie Says

    Hi Ryan
    If I create a page on my site that has my back links on.. Then i submit that page to Google fetch and render.. Would that get all the links on that page indexed??

  • tom Says

    hi Ryan
    great post but dumb question from me

    when you say put your back link into google plus to get it indexed what exactly are you `putting in`?

    – the url the link connects to?
    – the html for the link?
    – some other string?

    i don’t know what to do

    yours dumbly
    tom

  • Ella Says

    hi
    my bookmarking postings are not indexed yet by google, can u plz help ??

  • Ever experimented with adding an external link to a back link you want indexed on a page on your own site and hitting crawl all linking URLs to index it? Also other Rank Crew Gigs, I’d assume you don’t use em, but are they legit?

    • i dont use rankcrew anymore, but they were good for the price. i havent experimented with that, no.

  • mamun Says

    Glade to know. Thanks

  • Nekraj Says

    You can use social singals or web 2.0 for third party link indexed

  • eric van haaften Says

    Thanks for the helpful article on getting our links indexed. It works! Just tried it to see for sure, I really appreciate your help.

  • Marcia Says

    OMG, thank you so much for the step by step guide on fetching content using GWT, I had no idea and many of my links were not indexed naturally.

  • Martin Davidson Says

    Hey Ryan,
    This blog helps me a lot but i am facing too much problem here.
    My site is not indexing its been month ago, don’t know what to do kindly help……

  • Yash Says

    Good Article Ryan !

    i have read a lot shitty blogs that has less info and more content(which is not related to the article)

    Cheers

  • Mahera S Says

    Hello, Sir

    I made page changes like wiget, top posts, latest posts, and others.
    Wiget updates are done because there are too many internal links.

    Take it as Google.
    However, the results of retrieval as Google does not follow internal links.
    All internal links are broken (too many internal links).

    Now there are only a few internal link links.
    However, several times tried Fecth as Google. The results remain the same, the link increases more and does not decrease.

    How do you make repairs, sir?

  • Shivam Says

    Great! Do you know how to cache one page Website

  • Abhijit Says

    Hi

    On my website ranking my backlink not showing and I have create 10 backlink
    Please help me a href=”http://rojgarmajha.com”>help me

  • Devraj Says

    Hello RYAN STEWART

    It’s all good, But I ask We have created external links for own website. so there external links how to crawl in google.

    Please help me.

  • db Says

    thanks fir some unusually good articles on these topics

    is it good strategy to have my key term in the folder …..like this

    /key-term/suburb

    rather than
    /key-term-suburb

    i was thinking my first option might be good given how google prioritises …giving a 3 according to moz, and a 4 in the latter example.

    just curious even though i’ve launched with the former

    • It just depends on the overall size and authority of the website. I like to add additional sub folders for bigger sites that have a lot of pages, it helps to better organize things. For smaller sites, you can get away with no sub folders.

  • Yash Says

    Hi,
    Can you tell me which type of 3rd party links will crawled by the google because in many of my projects only 70-80% links were not crawled.

  • Bhadresh Tandel Says

    Thank you so much….

  • Bharat Says

    Hi Ryan,

    Hope you doing well.

    I have a query. how can we index and cached our 3 party link like (Article, Blog, Web 2.0)

    Regards
    Bharat

    • You can try sharing it on social media accounts or using a tool ling Ping-o-matic to get it indexed, but there is really no guarantee.

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