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Site indexing

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

Google uses software known as web crawlers that look at web-pages 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.

Sites that were created on Weblium are well indexed because they already have the technical settings necessary for search robots:
Title and Description meta tags;
custom page URLs;
H1-H3 tags for headlines;
alt-text for images;
auto-generated sitemap (sitemap.xml);
auto-generated robots.txt file, etc.

Weblium has all the SEO settings for fast indexing of the site, but the final result depends on the content uniqueness, the correct filling in the SEO settings, and site promotion.

Manual checking if your site is indexed by search engines



Before you begin, make sure that you toggle off the option Block this website fom being indexed by the search engines in the General info tab in the Settings of your site:



Important: only Pro sites can be visible to the search engines.

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 customers, check the article Hiding a page from search engines to get more detailed information.

To check the version of the page that the search engines last saw, click on the small triangular and choose Cached from the drop-down:



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



Important: Even though your site may be indexed, Google cannot guarantee that every page will be indexed.

How to help search engines crawl your site


Using our guide Adding your site to the Google Search Console (GSC), you can speed up the indexing of your site. To do this, you should send a sitemap to GSC for verification. Refer to our article Accessing the sitemap for information on how to open the sitemap.

In Google Search Console, you can also use the URL Inspection Tool to submit a request to index a specific page.

We also highly recommend the following:
For search engines to find and recognize images on the site, add Alt-texts.
Add links to your site on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
Regularly create new and high-quality content on the site, for example, using Blog.

Important: Usually sites are indexed within 2-6 weeks after publication. The advantage of your site for search engine algorithms will be high-quality content optimized for SEO. You can find tips for promoting in search engines in our guide SEO Basics.

Problems with site indexing


If the site is not in the index, there are several reasons for this:
You've recently published your site, and Google hasn't crawled it yet. Sites are usually indexed within a few weeks after publication.
There are no links to your site yet from other sites. No one refers to your site, and search robots do not know about your site's existence. Try to promote your site on other sites/platforms or share the link on social media.
The search engine received an error while crawling your site due to a ban on indexing. This error is solved quite simply: in the site settings, you need to manually open the site for indexing using our instruction.
You can also check whether the necessary pages are open for indexing in the page SEO settings according to this guide.
The search engine crawled your site or page but did not add it to the index. In this case, we recommend the following:
Check the content for uniqueness and relevance;
Count the number of words on the site. The minimum number is from 250-300 words;
check that all SEO settings are filled in.

Updated on: 11/29/2022

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