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The search engines look for the information to a query in their index of sites, not the actual sites. Thus, getting into index is super important for your SEO optimization.

Google use software known as web crawlers, that look at webpages and follow links on those pages to bring data about them back to Google’s servers. You can check more details about how Google Search works and organizes information in this guide.

Note: sites are usually crawled and indexed within 2-6 weeks after publishing. All SEO changes on the site (meta titles and descriptions, alt-text etc) also have to be indexed to be displayed in the search results.
To check whether a site was indexed and when, enter site:domain.com in the browser search, where domain.com is the your actual domain name:



A list of all the indexed pages will appear in the search results. If there is none, the site hasn’t been indexed yet.

Tip: in case you have a particular page that is not ready yet or there is copy-pasted content which you don’t want to show the robots and сustomers, you may want to hide it from the indexation - check this article to get more detailed information.
To check the version of the site that the search engines last saw, click on the small triangular, and then on “Cached”.



At the top of the opened window you'll see the date when your website was indexed last time.



Important: to speed up the site indexing, add it to the Google Search Console. This will notify Google that a new site has been created (or an old one updated) and will request to index it.
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