Google Indexing. It takes forevsss! Every time I publish a new blog post on my wedding photography website, it takes about 6 days for it to appear on Google’s search results. This can vary between different websites because Google gives indexing priority to sites that are more popular and with heavy traffic. The 6 days that it takes to index my site is 6 days of potential traffic lost.
How do you check if your new blog post (or site) has been indexed by Google?
First, you need to copy the slug (the page url) for the specific blog post you’d like to check for indexing. Here’s a screenshot of the highlighted slug for my recent blog post on “The Best Online Gallery Provider For Photographers”.
You’re going to go to Google’s search bar and type in the following:
Be sure to include “site:” before your slug (the page URL) in Google search. If your blog post has been indexed, you would see it pop up when you hit Enter as a search result like this:
If your post hasn’t been indexed, the it’ll say that your search doesn’t match up with any documents. It’ll look like this if your site hasn’t been indexed into Google’s search engine:
If you’re post hasn’t been indexed yet, then we can submit it to Google to significantly help speed up the indexing process.
How to a submit your blog post (or site) to Google for faster indexing?
Make sure you have the URL to your blog post (the slug) copied. Then, you’ll use Google Webmaster Tools’ Submit URL tool to submit your new post to Google. Paste in your URL, fill in the security word and submit request.
You’ll immediately get an alert that “your request has been received and will be processed shortly”.
My site was indexed into Google’s search results within the next 15 minutes from when I submitted it. You can check this by using the method explained in the beginning of this article. Use this Google tool from now on whenever you create a new page and/or post on your site.
I hope this helps!
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