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.
Basic checklist for appearing in Google Search results
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.
Is your website showing up on Google?
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”.
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:
- Your site isn’t linked to by other sites on the web. See if you can get your site linked to by other sites (but please don’t pay them to link to you; that could be considered a violation of Google’s guidelines).
- You’ve just launched a new site and Google hasn’t had time to crawl it yet. It can take a few weeks for Google to notice a new site, or any changes in your existing site.
- The design of the site makes it difficult for Google to crawl its content effectively. If your site is built on some other specialized technology, rather than HTML, Google might have trouble crawling it correctly. Remember to use text, not just images or video, on your site.
- Google received an error when trying to crawl your site. Most common reasons for this are that you have a login page for your site, or that your site blocks Google for some reason. Make sure that you can access your site in an incognito window.
- Google missed it: Although Google crawls billions of pages, it’s inevitable that we’ll miss a few sites, especially small ones. Wait a while, and try to get linked from other sites.If you’re feeling adventurous, you can add your site to Search Console to see if there’s an error that might prevent Google from understanding your site. You can also send us your most important URLs to let us know we should crawl and potentially index them.
Follow the Google Webmaster Guidelines to make sure that you’re fulfilling the site guidelines for appearing on Google.
Do you serve high-quality content to users?
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. For a one-pager, read the short guide on how to optimize your site for search engines. To make sure that you’re managing your website using Google-friendly practices, read the Google Webmaster Guidelines.
Is your local business showing up on Google?
Your Business Profile lets you manage how your business information appears across Google, including Search and Maps. Consider claiming your Business Profile.
Is your content fast and easy to access on all devices?
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. Test if your pages are mobile-friendly.
Is your website secure?
Modern users expect a secure online experience. Secure your website’s connection with HTTPS.
Do you need additional help?
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.
Is your content about a specialized topic?
Depending on what your content is about, there are more ways you can get that content 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).|
|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.|
|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.|