Introduction to Search Indexing

Help Google index your content

Do you want to get your site listed in Google search results? The first step is to have Google crawl your site to determine what information searchers will value.

Follow the three steps below for Google to index your site.

Step 1: Create a Sitemap

Before Google indexes your site, you need to create a sitemap of your website. The map helps Google identify what pages can be valuable to specific searches.

The easiest way for WordPress owners to map their site is a plugin like Google Sitemaps or Yoast SEO.

Step 2: Sign up for Google Search Console

Once you set up your sitemap, you need to connect it to the Google Search Console (or Google Webmaster).
If you use a Gmail account, you can connect the Gmail account to your Search Console Account. Otherwise, you need to set up a Google Account first.

Step 3: Add your web property

The next step is to add your website property to the Search Console. Enter the full URL for your site.

Then verify your site. You have a few options. The easiest is to set up a Google Analytics account first, so you can track your traffic to your website. You can use a WordPress plugin like GA Google Analytics to connect your site and GA.

Once Google Analytics is set up, connect it to the Google Search Console.

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