WHAT IS GOOGLE INDEXING?
The Google index is a database of all webpages that the search engine has crawled and stored to use in search results. Every page that appears in the Google’s search results has to be indexed first. If your page won’t be indexed then it will be don’t show in search results. The process of indexing and than ranking in the Google will showed here,
Crawling: First it will crawl by Google bots to find new or updated pages in Google.
Indexing: Then it will analyze the database and index in the Google search results.
Ranking: Google algorithm picks the best and most relevant web page and shows in the search results.
INDEX WEBSITE USING GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE
If you have a new website, it can take Google some time to index in the Google search result. Crawling can take some time from a few days to a few weeks. The indexing process will be done right after crawling. The easiest way to index a website using Google search console.
LOG IN GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE
Google search console is the free Google tool that allows you to check your website’s presence and performance on the Google and troubleshoot any related issues.
If you don’t have a Google Search Console account, first you’ll need to log in the account.
Step 1: Sign in to google account.
Step 2: Add your website to your account.
Step 3: Verify the ownership of your website.
CREATE AND SUBMIT SITEMAP
An XML sitemap is the file that will lists all the URLs you want google to index in Google search results. It tells google that these pages are important and helps crawlers to find your main pages faster. If you don’t have the sitemap you need to create the sitemap.
Step 1: Once you have the URL of your sitemap then go to the sitemap board in index section.
Step 2: Then enter the URL of your sitemap and click enter.
Step 3: it will take few days to complete the process. When it’s completed you will see the sitemap of your site and green success status in the report.
USE THE URL INSPECTION TOOL
To check the status of the specific URL, use the URL inspection tool in the Google Search Console.
Step 1: Start by entering URL into the “URL Inspection” search bar at the top.
Step 2: If you see the URL is on Google it means that the inspected URL is crawled and indexed in the Google.
Step 3: In case If you see the “URL is not on Google” report then your site will be not indexed in the Google. And the reason will be also given. You need to address the issues.
Step 4: Than you will click the request index button to index the page.
FIND ERRORS IN INDEX REPORT
Step 1: Click COVERAGE under the Index to view the Index Coverage Report in Google search console.
Step 2: Here you will see the Error section with highlighted in the red color.
Step 3: When you will click the error section it will show the errors in the indexed page.
MANAGE NOINDEX AND CANONICAL TAG
One of the ways to tell the search engines not to index your pages is to use the robots Meta tags with the “no index” attribute. No index Meta tags will looks like this.
<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex”>
If the page contains this line, you are telling Google not to index this page in Google.
Step 1: Click “Pages” report under the “Indexing” section in the left menu.
Step 2: Scroll down to “Why pages aren’t indexed” section.
Step 3: Look for the “Excluded by ‘no index’ tag”. Then click it.
Step 4: If the list of your URLs contains a page you want indexed, simply remove the no index Meta tag from source code of that page.
Canonical tags tell that crawlers if a certain version of the page is preferred. They prevent issues caused by duplicate content appearing on the multiple URLs.
Step 1: Just scroll down to t “Why pages aren’t indexed” section and then click the “Alternate page with proper canonical tag” reason.
Step 2: Then you will see the list of affected pages.