Getting listed in Google can be fast and is easy to do. Follow these simple steps and your new website or blog will be found in Google search results in just a few days.
Quick Check List to Get Listed in Google
You will need a few basic items to accompany your web pages to meet Google’s requirements. Take a quick look at the check list below. Do you have each item? Is each item complete?
- Basic Content (10-20+ Articles, Reviews, Products)
- Accurate Page and Post Titles
- Well Written Page Descriptions
- XML Sitemap
- Facebook Page
- Contact Information
- Terms of Service
Getting Your Website Listed: Basic Content
Make sure you have some basic content published. A handful of pages with 300 words or more is sufficient to get started. You will need one or two images per page for Google to index your content. The more images you have, the better your individual web pages will rank.
Minimum Content to Get Listed:
- Home Page (index or default)
- 10+ Individual Web Pages
- 1 or 2 Images per Page
Web Page Titles
Each web page has a page title. The page title lets Google and your users what the page is all about. Google typically will not index pages without page titles or page descriptions. Page titles should be between 50-60 characters.
Your page titles and descriptions will need to be complete to get listed in Google search results. Does each one of your web pages have a well written page title? Learn more about page titles and meta tags here.
Web Page Descriptions
To get listed in Google, you will also need well written web page descriptions. Web page descriptions should be between 150-160 characters. Write compelling page titles and page descriptions that compel readers to want to read more. Also keep an eye on your character count when writing your page descriptions. Too few or too many characters and your pages will be lost in endless search results.
Question: Where do I enter the page description?
Answer: WordPress and web page builders have a form field to manually enter the page description.
Well written page descriptions captures exactly what is on the web page and is well worded to be enticing for users to click on.
Google Needs a Site Map
Google will need an XML sitemap to find your individual pages and keep up-to-date with your website or blog. The sitemap tells Google about new pages and updates. You will need to add a link to your sitemap on the bottom of your home page. Lastly, make sure to add your sitemap to Google using Webmaster Tools.
Google Likes a Facebook Page
To get indexed fast, you will need a link to a social media site such as Facebook, Linked In or Instagram. If you don’t have a Facebook fan page for your project, you will need to create one. You can use other social media platforms such as Twitter and Pinterest as well. The more outgoing links to social media, the better your web pages will rank.
Your Contact Information
I recommend putting all of the available contact information on your web pages. If you only have an email address, that is fine, list it large so it is easy to find. Addresses and telephone numbers will help get your web page indexed, so publish them.
Terms of Service
You will need a basic Terms of Service to comply with Google requirements. Scroll to the bottom of any company web page and you will find the Terms of Service. Most terms of service text is legal oriented and releases liability from the website owners. Using the website may be free, although one must abide by the rules in accordance to your terms of service.
Proven Results – Getting Listed.
Using this method I have indexed new domains and content the same week they were purchased. It works.
Google Reconsideration Requests
If your domain or website is not new and you are having trouble with your Google search listings, you may need to complete a Reconsideration request. Between the Panda updates, Google changes and errors on your web pages, your web pages may be excluded from Search results. A reconsideration request will address the errors or inconsistencies and get your project back in the spotlight.
Complete the quick check list above, fix any errors, log in to Webmaster tools and complete a reconsideration request. Be accurate and friendly as your reconsideration requests are manually reviewed by Google staff.
What Next? Get Publishing.
After your check list is complete and you’ve submitted your sitemap, get back to publishing more content. As we say on the Internet, “Content is King.” With new fresh content your web pages will get listed by Google and you will get search results.
Getting listed by Google is easy. What you do with your visitors, online success, fame and wealth beyond your wildest dreams is up to you!