If you are a website or a blog owner, you probably would have thought about How to submit URL to Google and other search engines?
This process is known as indexing. It is a headache for all the newbies especially bloggers, who want to rank for specific keywords.
And to be able to rank, your website must be properly indexed first.
It’s not that difficult to submit URL to Google, the difficult part is to get it indexed regularly.
We’ll cover up that later, let’s see how to submit URL to google for now.
Since the majority of the websites operate on WordPress, we’ll discuss How to submit URL to Google in WordPress.
Submit URL To Google
The first thing to do is making an account on the Google Search Console.
To do so, follow this link and setup an account.
When it asks to create a property, click on Ok. Write your website’s full URL and then again press Ok.
It will ask you to verify your website’s ownership. Just choose HTML File Upload as the option. It will ask you to upload a file on your server.
To do so, just open your File Manager and upload the given file to the public.html folder.
Return to the webmaster’s console and then click on Verify Ownership.
Note: If you aren’t able to upload file on your server, you can always use other alternatives.
You now know how to submit URL to Google.
But, that’s not the whole process.
Now, Google knows about your website, but how does it know about the posts and pages you keep updating. Here we’ll learn a new term known as Sitemap.
A Sitemap is like a Phone Book, but instead of numbers, it stores your website’s posts, directories, and pages i.e all the information required for Google.
If you use WordPress, you can easily generate a Sitemap using any of the free plugins available on the web.
My recommendations are Yoast SEO Plugin and Google XML Sitemap.
These plugins keep your sitemap updated and fresh.
Yoast and Google XML Sitemaps have very simple and easy-to-understand user interface. But, if you ever face any problem, you can always comment or contact us.
Now, for the other users (Non-WordPress Users), How to Submit URL to Google if you can’t create a sitemap?
Don’t worry, there are plenty of web apps to help you out.
I would recommend you to try Screaming Frog. You have to download their SEO Spider tool, to begin with.
If your website has less than 500 pages, you can use this tool for free.
Submitting The Sitemap
I’ve generated the sitemap, what is the next step?
All you need to do now is Submit.
I’ll tell you. But…
First things first. I’ll give and advice, If your website doesn’t show up in the Google Search within 2 or 3 days, don’t panic, just keep writing more content. You just do your work, Google will do its own.
Happened with me. I panicked and changed my sitemap tools regularly. But, that wasn’t the fault, just keep your site updated, and Google will do everything for you.
Now, about the sitemap submission.
Head over to your Google Search Console and find the property you created above.
On the left menu, Choose Sitemaps and click on Add/Test Sitemap.
Now, simply enter your domain and add sitemap.xml behind it. For example, www.the-versatiles.com/sitemap.xml.
Click on Submit Sitemap. If your sitemap was generated, Google will crawl it and show Success. If it fails, you can always check for errors.
NOTE: I prefer the old version of Google Search Console (not only me but every blogger also does). Reason? Because it has a more simple user interface and a good start for the newcomers. I also faced some difficulties using the new interface.
This was the process to submit URL to Google. Simple, isn’t it?
The Versatiles wishes you a very good luck if you are new in the blogging world.
Don’t lose hope and Be Patient. That’s the key to success for the bloggers.
Ranking is another factor for the success of a blog, so read about how to use SERPmojo tool to track your rankings.
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