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Get your website on Google

Google automatically looks for sites to add to our index; you usually don’t even need to do anything except post your site on the web. However, sometimes sites get missed. Check to see if your site is on Google and learn how to make your content more visible in Google Search.

Here are a few basic questions to ask yourself about your website when you get started. You can find additional getting started information in the SEO Starter Guide.

To see if your pages are already indexed, search for your site in Google Search with a query like this. Substitute your own site for “example.com”.

site:example.com

Although Google crawls billions of pages, it’s inevitable that some sites will be missed. When our crawlers miss a site, it’s frequently for one of the following reasons:

Follow the Google Search Essentials to make sure that you’re fulfilling the site guidelines for appearing on Google.

Your number one priority is ensuring that your users have the best possible experience on your site. Think about what makes your site unique, valuable, or engaging. To help you evaluate your content, ask yourself the self-assessment questions in our guide to creating content that’s helpful, reliable, and people-first. To make sure that you’re managing your website using Google-friendly practices, read the Search Essentials.

Your Business Profile lets you manage how your business information appears across Google, including Search and Maps. Consider claiming your Business Profile.

Most searches are now done from mobile devices; make sure that your content is optimized to load quickly and display properly on all screen sizes. You can use tools such as Lighthouse to test if your page is mobile-friendly.

Modern users expect a secure online experience. Secure your website’s connection with HTTPS.

SEOs (search engine optimizers) are professionals who can help you improve your website and increase visibility on search engines. Learn more about why and how to hire an SEO.

Depending on what your content is about, there are more ways you can get that content on Google. The following table contains links to the different avenues Google provides to get your content related to a business or person on Google.

Business or person
Google for Retail To promote your products on Google Shopping, Google Offers, and other properties, you can submit your product catalogs digitally to Google Search.
Google for Small Business See what resources Google offers to help your small business thrive.
Street View Invite customers on a virtual tour of your business.
Knowledge panel If you want to manage your identity as a person, business, or organization on Google, you can suggest changes to your knowledge panel entry.
People card Add a card about yourself to Google search results (only available for users in certain countries).

To learn more about getting digital content on Google, check out the following resources:

Digital content
Google Books and eBooks Promote your books online and sell your titles through our eBook store.
Scholar Include scholarly works in Google’s academic index.
Google News Appear in Google News search results, or provide digital editions for subscription.

For getting local information on Google, the following resources may be helpful:

Local information
Geo Data Upload If you are an authoritative or official source of regional data, publish it through Google.
Photo Sphere Photograph and share the world with 360° pictures.
Street View Provide a panoramic virtual tour of your property.
Transit Partner Program Encourage use of public transit by making it easy to locate routes, schedules and fares.
Media
Geo Data Upload If you are an authoritative or official source of regional data, publish it through Google.
Video on Google Search Make your videos findable and crawlable by Google Search.
YouTube Upload, distribute, and monetize your videos.
Podcast Add your podcast to Google Podcasts.