Google controls more than 90% of the search industry, making it an ideal location for attracting potential clients. However, if you want Google to start sending visitors (and money) to your site, you must first get on Google, which requires learning how to submit URLs to Google.
By providing an XML sitemap or requesting a crawl using your Google Search Console account, you can submit URLs to Google. This quick start guide will show you how to submit your website to Google.
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How to submit your site to Google
By registering and signing into your Google Search Console account, you can add your website to Google. Then, upload your website’s XML sitemap to Google to submit your full site, or use the “URL Inspection” report to request a crawl to submit a specific page or URL to Google.
Inside the 2 hassle-free ways you can submit links to Google
Before you begin, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the various methods for submitting your website to Google. That way, you can choose the ideal strategy for your company, saving your team time, money, and effort.
You can submit URLs to Google Search Console in the following ways:
Request a crawl
A specific URL can be requested to be crawled and indexed by Google.
This option is useful if your team creates a new page or edits an existing one. While you should still update and resubmit your XML sitemap to Google Search Console, it’s worthwhile to use this method to send Google a new or updated URL.
For the sake of clarity, some users will refer to requesting a crawl as fetching.
In a nutshell, you can ask for a crawl to submit a single URL to Google. This method will teach you how to submit URLs to Google.
Upload a sitemap
The most frequent technique to add numerous URLs to Google is through a sitemap.
That’s because a sitemap combines all (or almost all) of your site’s links and pages into a single XML file. Your sitemap will almost always include your most important pages, such as your contact page, service page, or main product page. These pages are usually found in the navigation bar of your website.
It’s recommended practise to construct multiple sitemaps rather than a single sitemap if you have a huge website. An ecommerce apparel business, for example, would establish different sitemaps for its footwear, tops, and pants product pages.
A sitemap is one of the quickest ways to submit URLs to Google because it gathers all of your site’s information. You submit your sitemap to Google Search Console (more on that later) and wait for Google to index and crawl your site.
How to submit multiple URLs to Google with a sitemap
You can submit all of your URLs to Google (through a sitemap) in three stages in Google Search Console:
Log in to your Google Search Console account
Log in to your Google Search Console account now. You can select your website or property from the sidebar menu (found on the left-hand side). You may have more than one website affiliated with your firm, depending on your industry. If that’s the case, choose the first website or property you’d like to work on. If you don’t already have an account, you’ll need to establish one and add and verify your website. Don’t worry, we’ve put together a handy guide to lead you through the entire procedure. Keep in mind, however, that the verification procedure may require assistance from your development team.
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You can begin submitting links to Google for indexing after your account is activated.
View your Sitemaps report
The Sitemaps report in Google Search Console is the next step. The Sitemaps report can be found in the sidebar menu, under the “Index” section. The report will be loaded when you click “Sitemaps” in Google Search Console.
The Sitemaps report displays all of your submitted sitemaps as well as detailed information about each one:
- Sitemap type
- Submission date
- Last read date
- Number of discovered URLs
This information will become invaluable once you submit your first sitemap.
Submit a new sitemap
You can create a new sitemap in your Sitemaps report to submit numerous URLs to Google at once.
Simply follow the steps below:
- Copy the URL of your sitemap
- Paste the URL into the “Enter sitemap URL” field
- Click “Submit”
That’s all there is to it.
However, keep in mind that Google will not crawl and index your site right away. Google’s assessment of your sitemap can take anything from a few days to a few weeks. The Sitemaps report, on the other hand, can be used to check that Google crawled your sitemap and to see how many URLs it found from it.
You can start using Google Search Console in new ways once your site has been indexed, such as:
- Evaluating your site’s mobile usability
- Examining the keywords or queries that bring visitors to your site
- Examining your site’s internal and external linkages
- And a lot more
All of this information can assist your organisation in improving the rankings of your pages in Google search results.
How to submit URLs to Google with a crawl request
Go to Google Search Console
Follow these procedures to submit a single URL to Google for updated or new pages.
If you’ve already signed up for Google Search Console, you’re already one step ahead of the game when it comes to submitting URLs to Google. To refresh your memory, log into your account (or create one) and pick the property or website where the URL you’re uploading is stored.
Inspect your URL
The next step is to get to the “URL Inspection” report.
The “URL Inspection” report can be found near the top of the sidebar menu, between “Overview” and “Performance.” You may also view this report through Google Search Console’s search bar to save time. Simply copy and paste the URL.
Your report will load after you see a pop-up that says, “Retrieving data from Google Index.”
Your report will say that the URL is on Google if Google has already crawled and indexed that page. A brand-new page, on the other hand, will almost always produce a report stating that the URL is not on Google, but not because of an error, which is exactly what you want.
Request URL indexing
When your report has finished loading, you should perform two things:
- Use the “Test Live URL” option to double-check your page and content.
- Use the “Request Indexing” option to submit the page to Google.
Submitting a URL to Google is, once again, an easy process. It will take Google time to crawl and index your page, just as a sitemap submission. Expect your site to appear in Google’s index in a few days to a few weeks.
After that, you may start looking at performance data for this page, such as impressions and clicks.
Submitting URLs to Google, but your site still isn’t ranking on page one?
While knowing how to submit your URLs to Google is beneficial, it does not guarantee that your website will appear in search results. When it comes to search engine optimization, having your site crawled and indexed by search engines is only one half of the equation (SEO).
You should also consider your site’s design and performance, as well as the quality and relevance of your content. There are a number of other aspects to consider as well, such as the usability of your website, your keyword targeting approach, and so on.