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“If it isn’t on Google, it doesn’t exist.”
— Jimmy Wales
To keep its search results updated, Google’s page crawler, the Googlebot, crawls website pages looking for new websites, new pages, updates to existing pages, and broken links. Google considers page factors such as title tags, meta descriptions, and alt tags to rank pages in search results.
1. When Should You Manually Submit a Page to Google?
When you publish content without manually submitting a sitemap to Google, it takes about a day for Google to crawl your content. Since Google crawls web pages each day, in most cases, if you’re just making minor updates or corrections to pages, you do not need to submit your pages to Google manually. The Googlebot will automatically discover your pages through the crawling process. But if you need a page to be quickly indexed by Google, then it is helpful to submit the page to Google.
For example, if you are launching a new site or adding many new pages to a site, or if you’re working with critically important content that needs to be indexed quickly, you may want to submit an updated sitemap to Google. After a sitemap is submitted, it takes only about 14 minutes for a Google bot to visit the page. This means that your page can start to get organic traffic on the same day that you submit the page.
2. Checking if a Website or Webpage Has Been Listed in Google.
You can check if a website is listed in Google by using the following search format in the Google search field: “Site:Sitename.com.”
Another search you can do is “Site:domain.com/page.html” to see whether or not a certain page has been indexed. Another command you can use is “Site:domain.com/directory” to see if any pages in a certain directory are being indexed.
You can also check your website statistics to see if any of your site pages have not received clicks, which could indicate that the page has not been indexed by Google.
3. Submitting Your Site to Google.
If your website is brand new, you should use the Google Search Console to verify that you own it. You can use this link to go to the Search Console: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url.
To submit an updated sitemap to get pages listed fast, use these steps:
1. log into Google Search Console.
2. Go to the “Crawl” tab
3. Go to “Sitemaps”
4. Submit your sitemap
Keeping your page up to date with Google gives you access to the value of the internet for your business.
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