How To Get Your Domain Indexed

There is a lot of chatter about how to get your domain name indexed quickly, so I am going to address this right now.

When you buy a domain name and develop a website, it is important for the search engines to know it exists – after all, no one can find you in an organic search if the search engines don’t know about you.

There are two general ways to get your domain name indexed.

Submission

The most popular way is to submit it to Google (and the other search engines).  Some say this is the fastest way, but I do not agree.  To begin with, you should know that if you submit your URL to Google, there is no guarantee they will index it.  If they do index it, you still do not know when it will appear in the index.  If you do want to submit it to Google, click here (but please, read this entire post before you decide).  I’ve also provided links to submit to Yahoo and MSN/Bing.

Also part of the submission method, you can also use a service to submit your URL to all the popular search engines, and many of the smaller ones.  Some charge a fee and some do not.  I provided links to a few of them at the bottom of this post.

Discovery

The way I prefer to index a URL is through discovery.  This is when the search engines find you.  Their spiders regularly traverse the web looking for new content and websites.

The reason I like this method better is because the search engines tend to place a higher relevancy to websites they find over the websites that have been submitted to them, which can lead to a higher ranking.

The disadvantage of the discovery method is that you have to wait for the spiders to find you, but once they do, you’re in!

I have a technique to share with you that will help speed up discovery.  This is what I do.  Go to one of your websites that’s already indexed and put a link to your new domain in there.  Since the host site is already indexed, you know that the spiders will be coming around sometime soon to check for new content.  When it finds the link, it follows the link to the new website and hence your new URL will be indexed.  Just be sure NOT to put a “nofollow” tag on the link!  You can remove the link from the host site once the new site is indexed.

If you do not have an indexed website to begin with, you can always wait for the spiders to come by.  It usually takes up to six weeks, but can happen in a day – it just depends upon the next spider crawl.

Whatever method you choose, you’ll need to verify that it is indexed.  Luckily, this is quick and easy.  Simply type your complete domain name into Google (or whichever search engine you are checking) and see if the site comes up.  If your site does not come up, it is not indexed yet.  Make sure you check several variations because it may have indexed without the “www.” In the name.  For example, for this site I would want to check the following variations:

           http://www.finao.org
           http://finao.org
           www.finao.org
           finao.org

Make sure you are looking for your website, and not a reference to the domain on another site.  You may get different results if you put “quotes” around it.

Post Resources
Submit your site to Google
Submit your site to to Yahoo
Submit your site to MSN/Bing

Free Submission Services
I have not used any of these services, so I am not endorsing or recommending any of them.  If you try them, please share your experience by commenting on this post.
Submit Domain Name
Submit Express
Submission URL

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Written by Scott Gilbert on May 6th, 2010 with no comments.
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