Bloggers blog to spread information they know, to the world. But how does the world know that we have created an awesome web source on some specific topic or region of interest. In such conditions Search engines come to rescue. Big and well known search engines like Google, Bing and yahoo, observe our web pages, analyze our content and rank them based on specific set of rules. Hence if we provide good information then it is not a big issue to rank high in search engine results.
How does Google know about our web pages?
Search engines use specific algorithms or software called Google Bots. These Google bots regularly search for new web pages or recently modified web pages, analyze their web traffic and authenticity. This is called “Crawling”. They analyze each and every web page based on specific criteria and rank them. If your web page is crawled by Google’s Bot then they slowly analyze your web page and then store the web page’s information with them. This is called “indexation”. So when a person searches with some key words related to your web page information, then Google will show your web page link as one of the results along with many other similar indexed pages. For example, if I have a web page with information about “BEST SHOES AVAILABLE AT CHEAPER PRICES”. If someone Googles with key words ”best shoes for me”, then google will show one of your web page on BEST SHOES as search result. As a result you will have an increased traffic to your web site or blog.
Are all my pages indexed?
No! it depends on your web site’s complexity, and also the Robot.txt files that are linked to your web site. The more complex the web site design is, more is the chance that Google bot fails in crawling all the web pages. Because some web pages may not be present as direct links on your web site. Hence simple web sites with neat flow wire-frame are good for fast indexing. In such cases you may miss the chance of being indexed in Google search results. This may have a big impact on your Web site’s SEARCH ENGINE RANKINGS ON GOOGLE.
In such case ,what is the best solution?
Don’t worry. Google too has a humane end. Hence google has provided GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE (GOOGLE WEB MASTER TOOLS), where we can manually submit out web pages and request for indexing. Wow! How awesome is it? Google has given a remarkable power to you which has a potential to increase your web traffic in heaps and bounds. Follow these simple steps to request your web pages for indexing and increase your web traffic:
Open Google search console with your registered mail id. Or register for a new account using your mail id. In the dash board on top left corner there is a drop down menu which provides links to all your websites. That is, if you have 2 or more web sites you can select the web site you want to review from the drop down menu (RED ARROW).
NOTE: Before these steps your web site “site map” has to be registered with google search console.
Click on the “Coverage”section on left side menu. After selecting the web site, in the dash board you can see the status of all your web pages of the website respectively in 2 blocks. Google search console provides information on web pages that are currently indexed (valid) and not indexed (excluded) in the middle section of it (BLUE ARROW in above picture). In my website I have 5 web pages that were excluded.
Scroll down to see the reason for non-indexing of web pages. Click on any of the reason to see the information in detail. I clicked on “Discovered-currently not indexed” link to see further details.
Now web page is redirected to the 4 urls that were not indexed (in my situation). Scroll down to the list of urls that were not indexed. Drag the mouse over the web page links, where we can see 2 options. The first option (red arrow) will redirect to the web page link. The second option (green arrow) will provide detailed information whether the web page is indexed or not. Hence click the second option.
After clicking the second option google console redirects to a web page which declares whether the web page is indexed or not. In the picture you can see that the web page is not indexed. Hence we can see an option “Request indexing” in middle right corner of the web page below “URL is not on google” [GREEN ARROW]. Click on Request indexing
The requested url will be submitted to priority crawl queue and will have more chance to be indexed in google search results.
Follow these 6 steps to make most of your web pages indexed in google search results and increase your web traffic. This can optimize search engines (SEO) to rank better in google rankings. IN MY NEXT POST I AM GOING TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON EASY CHECKING OF GOOGLE INDEXATION STATUS OF YOUR INDIVIDUAL WEB PAGES. So stay tuned….