So you have your new website up and running. You hired a quality website design company, or you took at shot at one of those DIY services like Wix or Squarespace.

That means you can kick your feet back and just enjoy the new traffic the website is able to bring you, right?

Well, not exactly.

Although if you sit on your hands Google is eventually going to find your new website and index it (some of it, at least), this is not something that happens overnight. Your new website might take weeks to be cataloged, which essentially means you miss out on those three weeks of search engine optimization. Thankfully, there is a better way for you to index your website with Google and that is to simply let the search engine giant know you exist.

It takes a few steps, but it is extremely valuable for you to do this.  

The steps you need to follow for indexing your website with Google are:

  • Check current indexed status

  • Create a sitemap

  • Submit sitemap to Google Webmaster

  • Install Google Analytics

  • Submit URL to Search Engines

Are You Already Indexed?

Before you take any steps to get your site indexed, check to make sure it hasn't already happened. Go to google.com and type in the search bar:

site:yourwebsite.com (replace 'yourwebsite.com' with your actual website URL)

If no results appear, then you can move on to the next steps. 

Create Sitemap

If you are using a website design service, this might all be taken care of, but it is best to do it for yourself anyway just to make sure. You can follow the XML Sitemap generator here in order to have one created for your website.

Submit Sitemap to Google Webmaster

Now that you have your sitemap you need to submit it to Google Webmaster Tools. You do need to have a Google account to do this, so as long as you have a Gmail, YouTube or other account you are fine. If not, create one for free and then head over to the Google Webmster Tools and add your property.

All you need to do is add the new site to the Google Account and sign up for the Webmaster Tools. When you are in the Webmaster Tools, select the "Optimization" option, followed by "Sitemaps" and add the link to the provided page.

Install Google Analytics

While this is not necessary to have your website indexed, it does provide you with helpful information. You can go over to the Google Analytics website, copy the code provided to you, then head over to the code injection area of your website and add it where you are instructed to. Remember, if this is too in depth, you can always bring on a professional Website design service to assist.

Submit Website URL to Search Engines

After you submit your URL to Google in the Webmaster Tools feature, you should have it indexed by Bing and other search engines as well. Both Bing and Yahoo! run off of the same search engine services, so it is rather easy to do and you only need to submit it once.

After all, you are having your website indexed by Google, so you might as well take the time to include it in the other major search engines as well. Google will eventually find your website and index it.

But why should you wait for weeks when you can do it instantly? This way, you can start to see improved visitor gains to the website and fully harness the power of Google and search engines. By following through with these steps, you can make sure all of that happens.

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