How You Can Tell If Your Website Has Been Indexed

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How You Can Tell If Your Website Has Been Indexed

For a new website, getting indexed by the search engines is top priority.

Essentially, it’s the first crucial task towards building your search engine optimization for your site. You’ve already done the majority of the prep work; all of your meta descriptions and alt tags are in place, you have good content on all of your pages, your social media accounts are linked up and ready to go, and you’ve included your targeted keywords throughout. However, you notice that you’re still not appearing in search engine results. Your first questions might be Did I do something wrong? Did I forget anything?

Possibly. But chances are, your website hasn’t even been indexed by the search engines yet. Getting indexed can take anywhere between four days and four weeks. So there’s no reason to panic at this point, but there are some things you can do in the meantime.

Start by confirming that your website has indeed not been indexed yet.

The easiest way to check for this would be to use the “info:” search operator in the Google search box with the format info:http://yourwebsite.com. If your site has not been indexed, it will display a message, saying “Sorry, no information is available for the URL yourwebsite.com.”

If this is the case, you can manually submit your website to Google at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url. Although they make no guarantees on time frame, it does increase your chances of getting indexed sooner, rather than later. Once Google indexes your website, Bing and Yahoo are likely to follow suit. Alternatively, you can also contact them and request inclusion to their index using this link: https://www.bing.com/webmaster/help/why-is-my-site-not-in-the-index-2141dfab

For more helpful tips on new websites, and factors that affect website ranking, click here.