After you upload your website to the host server, you probably want your website indexed as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, patience is necessary when working with search engines.
Search engine bots crawl the web at what seems like a slow pace when it is time to index your new site. You can, however, help speed up the process by using a few search engine optimization techniques.
Submit a Sitemap
Sitemaps are XML files that contain links to each of your pages. Sitemaps can have only one link or thousands of URLs that point to your inner pages. There are tools online that will crawl your site and create sitemaps for you. Once you have the sitemap created, it’s time to upload it to Google Webmaster Tools.
In your Google Webmaster Tools account, click the “Sitemaps” section. In this section, you have the ability to upload the sitemap you just created.
Upload it and wait until Google processes the URLs, this can take a few hours or a few days. Webmaster Tools take some time to process data, so the best way to check the status is to use the “site” operator in the search box. Type “search:yoursite.com” in Google’s search engine, and you’ll see if your pages are indexed.
Drop a Link on Your Favorite Forum
Google frowns upon Link-dropping, but if you are part of a busy community, adding a link to your signature and creating a post is one of the fastest ways to get your site indexed. Of course, you only want to use this tactic if you are a member of the forum and interact with the community.
Any other type of link-dropping on a forum is considered spam; this includes creating a profile just to add a backlink to your site. In fact, many forum owners add the “no follow” attribute to forum profiles to discourage spamming.
Add the Link to a Popular Directory
Adding your link to directories is not a good backlinking strategy, but one or two links on popular directories such as Yelp won’t hurt you.
You can even add your link to Yahoo, which is a large quality directory recognized by many search engine optimization experts. If the search engine often crawls the directory, it will index your site within a few hours.
Add the Link to Your Other Site
This method, of course, only works if you own another website, or if a friend owns a site, and is willing to give you a link. With both methods, crawling will occur frequently.
If crawling does occur often, it’s probably faster to add a sitemap to Webmaster Tools instead. You could even add a comment on your favorite blog with your link provided the blog owner doesn’t object to leaving your link in the comments section.
Some sites promise you fast indexing for your pages. OneHourIndexing and PingFarm are two examples of these services. Some of these services cost money, but if you want your site indexed within a few hours, these services can be beneficial.
In summary, if waiting for search engines to index your site is testing your patience, hit refresh in your browser, take a break and use the time for other efforts. You can start doing competitor analysis, thinking of ways you can advertise, and determine your backlink strategy.