How to submit your sitemap to Google

Amos Bastian

Google is the most popular search engine in the world. As you can imagine, it’s really important for your website to be indexed on Google. If you’re not indexed on Google, you won’t get any organic traffic from Google, which is one of the best, free ways to grow your business. In this article, we’ll show you the quickest way to get indexed on Google in 2024.

Set up Google Search Console

We’re written a guide about setting up Google Search Console and everything you can do with it, so we won’t go into too much detail here, but here’s a quick overview of the steps you need to take to get your site indexed on Google.

1. Create a Google Search Console account

Go to https://search.google.com/u/0/search-console and sign up.

2. Add your site to your account

Add website property Google Search Console

Add your site, or as they call it “website property”, by clicking the dropdown in the top left corner and selecting Add property. You’ll be asked what type of property you want to add. Select Domain property and enter your site’s URL.

If you want to know more about the different types of properties, check out our in-depth guide on setting up Google Search Console.

3. Verify your site

Verify website on Google Search Console

There are multiple ways to verify your site. You can do this 2 ways:

  1. Add a TXT record - Add a TXT record to your DNS configuration. Then click Verify.

  2. CNAME record - Add the provided CNAME (alias) record to your DNS settings. Then click Verify.

Add a Robots.txt file

A robots.txt file is a text file that tells search engines which pages they should and shouldn’t crawl. It’s a simple text file that you can create in any text editor, and it should be placed in the root directory of your site. Here is an example of a robots.txt file:

User-agent: *
Allow: /

Sitemap: https://indexplease.com/sitemap-index.xml

Submit your sitemap

Submit sitemap to Google Search Console

You can submit your sitemap to Google Search Console to help Google discover your pages. If you don’t have a sitemap, you can create one using one of many sitemap generators available online.

That’s it. If you don’t want to go through the tedious process of submitting all your URLs in your sitemap for indexing on Google, you can sign up for IndexPlease and we’ll do it for you. We’ll also submit your pages for indexing on Bing, Yandex, Naver and Seznam.