When Does Google Index?
Google has little automated applications called robots, bots for short, that continuously search the Internet for new content. They are also affectionately known as spiders because they crawl the web.
According to Matt Cutts of Google, new pages get indexed within three weeks. So, if your site is brand new, or you just published a page, it could take a few weeks for it to appear on Google. There are ways to shorten that time, and we’ll cover those in a moment.
Checking Directly on Google
You can see all of the pages Google has indexed for your site by going to Google.com and then typing the string below into the search field.
Be sure to include the colon between the word site and your domain, and don’t add any spaces. Substitute your site domain for blogaid.net.
Google will return a list of all the pages it has indexed on your site.
Get Indexed Faster
Google’s bots have a lot of Internet ground to cover. There were 21.4 million sites added in 2010. And, millions of new pages and posts are added daily.
You can help Google find and index your pages and posts quicker by pinging Google, which is a way of telling Google your new page is available.
WordPress comes preloaded with Ping-o-Matic pinging service. You can find it in your Admin area under Settings > Writing. It’s a very popular pinging service and works just fine, but if you want more, do a little research and see if there are other services that suit your site better. I use this standard service and it has worked great for BlogAid.
Creating a Site Map
Another way that you can help Google index your site while giving it an indication of your page hierarchal structure is to create what is known as an XML site map. Luckily, there’s a plugin for that. In fact, if you are already using an SEO plugin, it likely comes with an XML sitemap feature, so be sure to use it. (I use the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast and think it’s the best by far.) If you don’t have an SEO plugin, or if you’re not using a premium theme with its own built-in SEO/XML site map features, then check into plugins for them.
I can’t recommend any at this time because I haven’t finished testing enough to do so. I’d be very interested in hearing your comments if you’re using a plugin for this and why you like it, though. Plus, if you have a Ping service recommendation, feel free to post that in the comments too, plus why you like it or the results you get.