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SEO: 6 Easy Steps to indexing your website

Most SEO’s will advise you to buy an existing site/domain (lots of age benefit), but there are times when you need to start from scratch with a fresh domain.

It can sometimes take a couple of weeks to get a new domain indexed by Google (even longer to start ranking!). In order to speed up the process of getting your site indexed quickly, even in 24 hours, follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Create your pages of content
    Skip the “under construction” page and write several pages of real content, at least a few paragraphs.
  2. Create Internal Links to your Pages
    Put the content into your menu structure and other places. Link to the content through the menu, and if you have a major landing page, link to it from the content of a page or two.
  3. Tag on Social Bookmarking Sites
    After just a few minutes to create an account with these sites you can submit a link to your site. This gives you an instant way for Google and other search engines to find your site because these social bookmarking sites get visited by the search engine bots (like the Googlebot) quite regularly. A few bookmarking sites to recommend: Del.icio.us, BlinkList, StumbleUpon.com, and Furl. Make sure you tag them with common words, like those you find on their tag clouds (BlinkList has a good one, just scroll down on the page to see it).
  4. Comment on popular and recent blogs (with your link)
    Find 5 blogs that are fairly popular, relevant to your site, and have a recent blog post (last day or two). Read the post and add a comment that contributes to the discussion, including a link to your site in the URL field.
  5. Create, Submit, and Ping your XML Sitemap
    All Brick websites have a dynamic XML sitemap. Then ping Google with your sitemap by typing in the following URL in your browser, replacing the domain name with your own: http://google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=http://www.mysite.com/sitemap.xml
    Next, create an account with Google Webmaster Central, add your site, and submit your XML sitemap. Please note if your are a Brick customer, we do this for you.
  6. Run some Google Ads
    Create an account with Google Adwords and start running some ads, even if its just for the domain name, company name, or some long tail keywords. Google has to go to your site because of their quality score, which includes “your landing page quality”. Just spend a couple of pounds and it can help jumpstart the indexing.

With these steps, you should see your site indexed fairly quickly. I can’t guarantee the 24 hours, but it is possible. At the very least it will speed up the indexing significantly (from weeks to days). Look for the “googlebot” to visit in your site analytics (Brick clients see this in their control centre). Then look for your site to show up with Google by doing a search with the site: operator (for example, site:sphinn.com). Enjoy!