If Google hasn’t indexed your website, you might as well not exist because no one can find you. Not so good.
First, you need to see if your site has been indexed. Do that by typing the following into your search bar on Google, “site: and then your website name.” This will tell you how many pages of your website have been indexed by Google.
If your website hasn’t been indexed, you can invite Google to index you by going to the URL inspection tool in the Google Search Console. Enter your website URL and once Google checks the address, click “request indexing.” This is a good practice to follow any time you add new content or blog posts to your website. This tells Google, “hey I added something new for you to look at.”
If you’ve done this and still aren’t getting indexed, it can be frustrating but there are a few usual culprits.
Sometimes when your site is under development, your web designer will add crawl blocks or no-index meta tags. Maybe they forgot to remove them or missed a couple before going live. Ask your designer to check your website for code that could be preventing indexing.
Then there are orphan pages. Orphan pages are pages that can’t be navigated to through your website. Having a few landing pages is fine, but delete the ones you aren’t using anymore. Have a lean website, keeping only what adds value, so Google can crawl your website faster.
This is Robin Samora with your Fast Marketing Minute. If you need help getting found by Google, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have to confess, Google is my second best friend. Talk tomorrow!