Google Index: How long does indexing take and 11 ways to get your pages listed faster

Google Index: How long does indexing take and 11 ways to get your pages listed faster

How Long Does it Take for Google to Index a New Website in 2022?

Although it varies, it seems to take as little as 4 days and up to 6 months for a site to be crawled by Google and attribute authority to the domain. When you publish a new blog post, site page, or website in general, there are many factors that determine how quickly it will be indexed by Google. For example, site popularity, whether the content is crawlable, and your overall site structure.

Google is a lot of different things to a lot of different people.

To students, it’s an indispensable resource, to start-ups, an inspiration, and to marketers like me… well, it’s an enigma.

Every few months when Google rolls out a new algorithm update, content writers and search engine optimization experts alike jump to figure it out and keep or even improve their search ranks.

But with so much written on the subject, it’s often hard to distinguish the credible from the unreliable.

Instead of relaying the same search engine optimization research you’ve probably already seen on other sites, we decided to provide you with insight straight from Google itself and translate it into terms even a novice can understand.

What this means for you:

Simply put, indexing and ranking higher in Google isn’t an exact science.

There’s really no set timetable for how quickly your new page will be indexed by Google or how high it will climb, but hey, with the booming Google AdWords business, you can’t really expect them to just hand over the secret sauce.

(Note: This article can help you setup your first Google AdWords Campaign if you’re interested.)

From our experience, it can take several days, or sometimes even months for Google to index new content and even then, it is reliant on a multitude of factors, including the age of your site domain (newer websites may take longer to index) as well as the site authority your current website and/or content has.

Your site authority is highly affected by:

  • The amount of inbound links pointing toward your website
  • The authority of such inbound links (In other words, the influence and online impact of the site that linked to you. If Forbes links to you, for instance, it accounts for much more than if a local agency did the same.)
  • The amount of website traffic you’re currently generating

Now, there’s a common thread here if you haven’t noticed: sharing.

Google’s algorithm cares about quality content and in most instances, it finds that nothing speaks more highly of the quality of a page than the number of people sharing or driving others to it.

The more high-quality content your content, the greater opportunity there’ll be for generating inbound links, shares, and as a result, increased site authority.

How to get my page indexed by Google faster

First off, I’m sorry.

I know it was annoying to hear that there’s nothing you can do to ensure that your new page gets indexed by Google, and quite honestly, there really isn’t anything guaranteed to get it done.

Fortunately, in recent years, inbound marketers have discovered quite a few tactics that seem to help the process along — and in many instances even improve your search rank.

Here’s a quick-hit list of tactics to try to get your page indexed by Google faster:

  1. Submit your Sitemap to Google Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools)
  2. Submit your link directly to search engines.
  3. Link to the page from your older, already ranking pages. Linking to the page from all well-liked, related articles further signals to Google that the page is valuable.
  4. Get other sites and influencers to link to your page: The Skyscraper Technique can help with that.
  5. Create a blog and publish regularly: Websites with blogs get an average of 434% more indexed pages. This is an easy way to build site authority and in turn, get pages indexed faster.
  6. Create an RSS FeedOnce created, this should automatically update and is just another effortless way of telling search engines there’s something new on your site that needs their attention.
  7. Guest blog on influential sites, and link back to your page: This article will teach you how to become a contributor on major publications.
  8. Distribute your content on industry forums or communities.
  9. Write a press release with links toward your website/page.
  10.  Install Google Analytics: Recommended by Neil Patel, if you’re having a hard time getting your site indexed, this gives Google a little heads up that you’re active. Not to mention, Google Analytics is a great way to track several critical marketing metrics.
  11.  Share your content on social media. 

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