The Best Way to Submit Your Site to Google
By Michael Benninger
Whether you’re a webmaster for a small business, neighborhood organization, or personal blog, odds are that you’d like your site to be easily found by those looking for it. And considering Google is the go-to destination for many individuals interested in searching for something online, it’s imperative that the tech giant’s search engine be aware of your site’s existence. Fortunately, it’s easy (and free) to add a website to Google’s results, and doing so can obviously make a big difference in terms of traffic. If you’d like to have your site appear in Google Search, here’s a quick overview of what you need to know.
The Value of Search Engine Submission
Google must first find, crawl, and analyze your website prior to including it on a search engine results page (SERP). Google does this by using a spider, known as Googlebot, which wanders the Web gathering as much information as possible. There’s no telling when Googlebot will crawl your site, but proactive webmasters can expedite the process by giving Google a heads up. By submitting your sitemap to Google, you stand to boost your site’s SEO (search engine optimization), allowing your content to be found more quickly and more frequently than it otherwise would.
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Sitemaps and How to Submit Them
In essence, a sitemap is simply a list that outlines the pages of your website and the hierarchy in which they are organized. Sending a sitemap to Google is easy; you don’t need to have any special skills or esoteric knowledge. All you need to do is complete a few quick steps that we’ve listed for you here.
[Please note that before following these steps, you should establish an account on Google Search Console (formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools). This online set of settings and resources allows webmasters to control—to some extent—how their website is crawled by Google and how it appears on SERPs.]
Step 1: Add Your Site to Google Search Console
Before doing anything else, start by adding your site to Google’s Search Console. This quick step simply involves typing your site’s URL in the designated field, then you’re all set.
Step 2: Create a Sitemap
There are a number of ways to create a sitemap. And depending upon which website builder your site uses, one route might be better than another. For the vast majority of sites, though, a free online generator should suffice. Free sitemap generators are widely available, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one.
Step 3: Submit your sitemap to Google Search Console
This next step is pretty simple, too. Log in to your Google Search Console account, and look for the Sitemaps section. After locating it, click on More, then on the Add/Test Sitemap button. You’ll then be prompted to navigate to the sitemap file you created in Step 2. Simply select it, click Upload, and you’re all set!
If you’ve ever wondered, “How do I make Google register my website?,” following the steps above should help your site get listed in no time.
Now that you understand what’s involved with submitting your site to Google, why wait any longer? The sooner you take care of this, the sooner your site stands to benefit.
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