Google is the most popular search engine in the world, with over 90% of the market share. If your site isn’t indexed, then it won’t show up on Google, which really sucks. This means that if you want to get organic traffic to your WordPress site (as we all do), your first step after publishing your WordPress site should be making sure it’s indexed on Google as soon as possible.
What is indexing?
Indexing is the process through which search engines crawl, analyse, and store information about your site. A well-indexed site is more likely to appear in relevant search results, increasing its visibility to potential visitors and thus your organic traffic. Sorry for the repetition, I just wanted to make sure you understand how important getting your site indexed is.
How do I get my WordPress site indexed on Google?
Now that you have a basic understanding of indexing and why you should care, let’s take a look at how you can get your WordPress site indexed as soon as possible, so you can grow your site organically (aka for free).
1. Create an XML sitemap
The first step is to create an XML sitemap. An XML sitemap is a file that contains a list of all the pages on your site in a specific format that search engines understand. It’s used by search engines to find and index your pages automatically. You can create an XML sitemap for your WordPress site by using any of the popular SEO plugins such as Yoast SEO, Rank Math, etc.
2. Submit your sitemap
Once you’ve created your XML sitemap, you need to submit it to Google Search Console. Luckily for you, we’ve written a guide on how to set up Google Search Console and submit your sitemap. You can find it here.
3. Submit your pages
Once you’ve submitted your sitemap, you can either wait for Google to crawl your pages automatically (this can take weeks or not happen at all) or manually submit them. This is done by going your Google Search Console and going through the process of submitting them one by one. As you can imagine, this is a very time-consuming process, especially if you have a large number of pages. And it doesn’t always guarantee that your pages will actually get indexed. If this doesn’t put you off, we’ve also written guides on how to manually submit your pages for indexing on Google.
Automatically index your pages
Most of us have better things to do than sitting around all day and going through the tedious process of manually submitting pages for indexing, or waiting ages for Google to index them. This is one of the reasons why we built IndexPlease, which will help you do this automatically. It will only cost you 9$/month and we will automatically submit up to 400 pages per day (yes, really), for not just 1, but up to 5 of your WordPress sites, so they get indexed on not only Google, but also Google, Yandex, Seznam.cz and Naver within 48 hours.