How to get your WordPress site indexed on Yandex in 2024

Amos Bastian

Yandex is the most popular search engine in Russia. So while it’s not Google, there are still a lot of people searching for things on Yandex every day. If your site isn’t indexed on Yandex, your WordPress site won’t show up in its search results, and so you’ll be missing out on a lot of organic traffic. Of course, we all agree that the more traffic you get, the better it is for your business, so it’s important to make sure your WordPress site is also indexed on Yandex.

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 Yandex?

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 Yandex Webmaster Tools. Luckily for you, we’ve written a guide on how to set up Yandex Webmaster Tools and submit your sitemap. You can find it here.

3. Submit your pages

Once you’ve submitted your sitemap, you can either wait for Yandex to crawl your pages automatically (this can take weeks or not happen at all) or manually submit them. This is done by going your Yandex Webmaster Tools 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 Yandex.

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 Yandex 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 Yandex, but also Google, Yandex, Seznam.cz and Yandex within 48 hours.

Getting your pages automatically indexed is only one of the many things you can do with IndexPlease, so if you’re interested in what else we have to offer, check out our features page.