How to get your blog indexed fast by the search engines
Last modified on 5th April, 2006
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.