It’s not you, it’s Google. Actually, it’s probably you. Google has so many billions of pages to crawl and index, but so little time. And occasionally Google needs a little help to find your website: the needle in the haystack, the diamond in the rough.
I have the superpower of invisibility on the internet!
Here’s the scenario. You’ve built a great website, you designed it just so, you spent hours on the wording and layout, and now you wait. You wait for Google to discover your website, read it with great enjoyment, and put it right at the top of search results. Sounds great, right? Unfortunately this does not happen very often. And sometimes weeks can go by and still Google doesn’t know your website exists.
How can I tell if Google sees my website?
The simplest way to check if Google has indexed your website is to perform a simple search in Google. Usually searching for your exact business name and location will bring up your website, even if it is not ranking for relevant keywords yet (e.g. “acme tree service in austin tx”). However, depending on how you coded your website, you might not show for your business name even if you are indexed.
The foolproof way to check if Google has indexed your website is to do a site search in Google for your exact domain name. To do this, type “site:” and then your URL into Google (e.g. search for “site:amcetreeserviceatx.com”). If your website doesn’t appear, then you officially do not exist to Google, which is bad news.
How can I add my website to Google
If you’re tired of waiting for Google to discover your website, there are a couple of things you can do to move the process on. The first and best option is to use Google Webmaster Tools. It’s beyond the scope of this article, but it’s a great tool and I’ll write more about it soon.
The second and easiest option is to politely ask Google to give your website some attention by entering your URL here: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url. As Google states on this page: “Google adds new sites to our index, and updates existing ones, every time we crawl the web. If you have a new URL, tell us about it here. We don’t add all submitted URLs to our index, and we can’t make predictions or guarantees about when or if submitted URLs will appear in our index.” However, in practice, almost all pages are added and this is a sure-fire way to have your local business page added to Google.
P.S. We hope you got a laugh from the stock photo accompanying this post! Needle in a haystack … get it?!
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