Your dream website has been developed! Such a soothing feeling for your ears! Valuable content has also been put, the design has surfaced itself and you have also gathered loads of feedback. To take this heavenly feeling further, you are all set to share the good news with everyone whos out there on the web.
Your buckle list has one more wish and thats seeing your site in the top results of search engines. Though theres no harm in dreaming big and expecting it to come true at the earliest, this particular wish of yours will take time, as it is much more than clicking the publish button. Why? Oh Why? Because to list your website on the search results, Google will first crawl n index your content. Though this may take days or weeks, if you are a site owner, you can submit your site to Google by yourself and speed up the process. Sounds super perfect? Read on to know how to do that
This Is How Google Finds Content
Google is a busy bee and has billions of pages to crawl on the entire web. Its crawler is known as Googlebot and it gets into action via a list of URLs that are generated from previous crawls. This is followed by augmenting the very pages with sitemap data that is provided in the Google Search Console. Googlebot is also known as spider and heads the responsibility of looking for new websites, updating the existing pages as well as broken links.
If the sitemap has new pages, Google discovers them, crawls the content and then lists the page in the search results according to its assessment of 200+ criteria.
Upon the completion of crawling, results are put into Googles index and updated content or new sites are listed. While processing the results, Google looks on essential areas such as title, meta description, alt tags, etc. However, if the content is dynamic, it may not be read by Googlebot. Due to this, the spider crawls the default version. As obvious, default version must be optimized for search.
Due to result of Google’s crawling, theres no need to submit the website because it is discovered on its own.
How Long Google Takes To Index Content?
As per some tests conducted to find answer to this question, it was found that when content was published without submitting an updated sitemap, Google took 1,375 minutes to crawl, which means approximately a full day.
When launching a new website or adding new pages to an existing domain, submitting an updated sitemap is required. According to a study, after a sitemap is updated, average time takeN by a bot to visit the page was 14 minutes. In simple words, traffic and conversion are generated on the same day.
How To Submit A Website To Google?
To do this, either an updated sitemap can be added to the Google account or an indexing request for the needed URL can be submitted via Fetch as Google.
During both the processes, you, being the owner have to register with Google Search Console.
For brand new site
When a site is launched for the first time, it is necessary to verify that the website is owned in the Google Search Console.
For an existing site and launch of new pages
New pages can be submitted for an already launched web domain. However, you must own the URL to ask Google to re-crawl it.
If you own a webpage and want Google to re-crawl, few things could be done. Want to know them? Here they are:
Submit an Updated Sitemap
You can do this to make sure that the updated sitemap gets listed at the shortest. All you need to do is:
Log in to Google Search Console
Select ‘Add a Property’
After this, you can submit the updated sitemap and expect it crawling at the earliest possible.
Fetch as Google
It lets you to view the webpages on your website because Google sees them. The tool can also be used to reindex individual URLs after they have been fetched. You can do this by:
Logging in Google Search Console
Selecting the property that is listed with Google
Select Crawl > Fetch as Google, Along the lefthand sidebar
A table where you can enter a URL path with your domain name, and “Fetch” the particular webpage on your website will be pulled
As already explained above, indexing requests takes from one day to a whole week. Hence, status of active indexing requests can be checked by checking Fetch as Google table.
Wondering do you need to submit an updated sitemap or indexing request when publishing a new page? Well, if you want to update content thats crucial and want Google to identify it instantly, you must do that. However, dont forget that Google re-crawls pages by itself. There isnt issue in letting this process work silently in the background while you create as well as update your content.