Whether you’re working on Squidoo lenses, hubpages or even niche sites getting indexed is key. So let’s talk a little about getting indexed, what it is, what it means, how you know if you are, and how you can get indexed if you aren’t.
What is “getting indexed”?
Getting indexed simply means that Google has decided to add your site/page to the “index” of sites they have of all the known sites on the internet. So once Google has you in the index they actually know your site exists. Until you are indexed they don’t even know you are there.
What “getting indexed” is NOT.
Getting indexed does not mean you are going to show up on page 1 of Google for your keyword. That is something totally different. Being indexed just means they know you exist. Getting to the front page of Google takes a little more convincing that you are a great site and a good resource for their searchers.
How do you know your site is indexed?
There’s a couple ways to tell if your site is indexed or not. All of them involve asking Google in one way or another.
1. You can simply put the full address of your site in the Google search bar. You may come up with a long list of sites related to this url. You may also come up with some or any sites you have linked to this site FROM. It can be pretty confusing to know if your site has been indexed or not using this method.
2. You can put site:your-url.com in the search box of Google Now you will probably get one listing, and it will be your site. This will show you your site has actually been indexed and Google knows it exists. I highly recommend using the site: function when searching to see if your site has been indexed, it will make it very obvious if your site has been indexed or not. If your site has NOT been indexed yet, you will get a message that says: Your search – site:your-url[dot]com – did not match any documents. This message from Google means it is NOT aware of your lens, and your lens is NOT in the index. Bummer.
What can you do to get your site indexed?
The best way to get your site indexed is to provide Google some links to find it from a site other than your own. What does this mean? It means creating content on other sites that link back to your own site. Here are a few places you can create that content:
1. Ezinearticles~ put a link in your resource box that leads back to your site/lens. Make sure your site is directly relevant to what your article is about.
2. Free ad blogs ~ there are tons of them around. They are generally set up on the wordpress platform. You simply sign up, then you have access to write a post. In this post you can create a link back to your site. It’s a really good idea to use the keywords you are targeting in your site/lens as the anchor text (the words people click on in a link) for the links back to your site.
3. Free blogs ~ a free blog is a great way to create a link back to your site. There are many many free blog platforms you can choose from, any of them will work.
4. Hubpages ~ another free platform where you can put a link back to the site you are trying to get indexed.
5. Wetpaint ~ another great free platform where you can put links back to a site you are trying to get indexed.
The key is to get some links out there ~ this is how Google finds sites. It sends its little “spiders” out to follow all the links of the web, it goes from one site, follows links there to another site, and so on and so on. When you have links from multiple sites (especially authority sites like the ones mentioned above) it shouldn’t take long for Google to find and index you.
I was indexed but now I’m not!!
If you find that you were indexed and now you are not, just go about the process of creating more content on multiple sites to let Google find you again.
This may sound like a huge pain to do all this, but there is another bonus involved. All of these links you are creating back to your site to help it get indexed also count as “votes” when Google tallies the votes of related sites when deciding what to choose for the front page of the search results. When you are creating your links back to your site make sure you use the keywords you are targeting in your site as the anchor text, and you may find you site is not only indexed, but finding its way t the top of the Google search results for your chosen keyword.