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How to get your blog indexed fast by the search engines

April 3, 2006 by  

Today I noticed a small increase in the traffic that comes from Google search engine. This prompted me to check Sabahan’s Google cache to find out the date when Googlebot crawled and indexed my page. Sure enough, the cache was updated on 1 April 2006.

As a result, most of my newer posts which were not indexed previously are now begin to send in some traffic. The number is not terribly exciting now but I’m sure this trickle will turn into a stream in the near future.

Anyway, to get you site indexed fast by Google, Yahoo!, MSN or any other search engine for that matter, I suggest doing the following:

 

  1. Create Sitemaps for your blog
    Create a Sitemaps and then submit that map to Google and Yahoo! Google prefers XMLs format but it’s quite straight forward to create using a wordpress plugin. You can learn more about Google Sitemap here.
    For Yahoo!, you can submit your blog feed. Supported ones include RSS 0.9 , RSS 1.0 or RSS 2.0 , and Atom 0.3. Yahoo’s crawler will extracts links and only find pages that haven’t not been included in their index.

  2. Get involved with Google Page Creator and Blogger.com
    Why? Well, the most obvious benefit of these services is that your pages are rapidly indexed by the Google search engines spider.

    When your account is approved, Google offers a simple page set-up process with an easy-to-use WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor. Just write a post and include links to the posts in your main blog.

  3. Get involved with Geocities.com
    Searching Yahoo for “geocities.com” returns 12,700,000 results pages. Geocities is owned by Yahoo! If you create a site at Geocities.com, it’s likely that it will be rapidly indexed by Yahoo!’s search engine spider.

  4. Send new posts frequently
    My own experience confirms that Google crawler indexes my frequently updated blogs more often then those that aren’t.
    According to my Google Sitemaps stats, Sabahan.com’s sitemap was last downloaded 9 hours ago. The sitemap for my other blogs which isn’t updated as frequently was last downloaded on April 1, 2006. Google’s cache of my less frequently updated blog shows it was last indexed on 24 March 2006, while that of Sabahan.com shows it was indexed more recently on 1 April 2006.

  5. Exchange link with other sites
    In my opinion, this is one of the most effective ways to get your blog indexed as soon as possible as they’re published online. I’ve listed my newer blogs on one of my websites, which itself is crawled frequently by Google. It took just a few days for all my new blogs appear in Google index!
    If you don’t have any established websites, try getting other sites linking to you. So when the search engine crawlers pay a visit to those sites, they’ll eventually be directed to your new blogs too.

  6. Utilise site update services
    Fortunately when you publish a new post, WordPress automatically notifies the site update services. This feature is enable by default in WordPress. You might want to add more services especially the local ones. But remember not to spam those services or you’ll end up getting banned.

There are other ways to get your blog indexed fast such as releasing press release if your blog is news worthy. This can be a very effective way give your blog the initial boost in traffic and link popularity.

Update: You can also make full use of the social bookmarking sites such as del.icio.us. If nobody seems to be bookmarking your posts, why not bookmark them yourself? ;) That’s one way people can find you and if people can find you, the search engine can too.

Also, if you manage to get your post listed in sites like the digg.com front page, you’d probably get indexed within hours.

 

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Comment by Danny Foo
2006-04-04 12:55:15

A note about Google Sitemaps. You could provide a SiteMap page located on your website for them to scan. Or if you don’t have one, they also allow you to just submit your URL. However, Google sitemaps require you to register before utilizing it’s service.

As for Geocities, so you’re saying we should create a redirector on the Geocities website service so that our real websites/blogs are more easily found?

I don’t really think posting frequently works as well as good content. As mentioned by most probloggers like Darren Rowse or Yaro Starak, without good content you’ll never get enough audience to drive you site up the search engine.

But very good takes on some of options available for anyone aiming to get higher rankings on search engines. :)

Cheers.

 
Comment by Gaman
2006-04-04 13:25:58

Hi Danny,

Yea, that’s what I’ve recommended actually, i.e. to register with Google map.

http://www.sabahan.com/2006/03/19/how-to-easily-keep-google-updated-when-you-change-or-add-new-content-to-you-blog/

I’ve explained the benefits of registration in details. Submiting URLs isn’t very effective especially if you have like 30 new posts per day across your blog network. There’s no excuse not to register since it’s so easy to do using the plugin.

Posting frequently does prompt Googlebot to crawl your site more often. I agree with the submiting good content part as I’ve been recommending it in this blog, no doubt.

But what you consider good content may not be according to the spiders. I am talking about the behaviour of Googlebot and slurp towards your sites, i.e frequently updated and in combination with the full use of the Sitemaps. Not the other way around as you mentioned “audience to drive you site up the search engine”. Audience don’t drive your site up, but good SEO practice and frequently updated site will bring the dough.

I have sites that I consider have good content but they are not crawled frequently by Googlebot. You know why.

I’ve over 30 sites which I monitor. Based on my own experience , frequently updated sites get crawled more often as I’ve explained in this article. I wouldn’t know that if I didn’t track my results would I?

Anyway, thanks for the input. Appreciate it.

 
Comment by Gaman
2006-04-04 18:12:52

I should also mention that submitting your URL manually is not actually recommended because it could be detrimental to your own page ranking. By submitting your URL, you are telling Google that your page is new. Google won’t index the page unless someone is linking to the page.

I personally do not use manual submissions. What I’ve been doing is to place a link from other high PageRank pages. When Googlebot crawls those high PageRank pages, my blog enjoys a good vote right from the beginning from those high PageRank pages.

For the Geocities, I am not saying to use a redirector, I am recommending creating a page with content and put your link somewhere on the page. Remember, Google penalizes page redirection. But without good content, Yahoo! spider, slurp won’t have your Geocities pages indexed as fast either.

Most people are actually intimated with the prospect of creating a sitemap for their blog. But it’s actually fairly straight forward to do using the plugin I recommended.

Using a sitemap for your blog gives you the upper hand right of the bat, as compare to submitting your URL manually. Because you have the chance to inform Googlebot to crawl your blog every time it’s updated. Googlebot will learn from this and it’ll crawl your blog according to how frequently you update it. The good thing is everything is done automatically.

 
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