July 18, 2011

How to Submit Your Website to Search Engines

Search engines are always helping out blogs and websites to direct people if they are interested in content published. Being indexed by search engines matters that way as it will be another traffic source for your blog or website. However to be indexed, search engine bots or crawlers need wants to know your site is live and updating.

Once you publish new content, search engines may not index them right away. It may take some time unless you have blocked search engines from crawling your pages. Search engines crawl and update their search index with latest updates of sites periodically. But what if you wanna let know search engines about your site or content changes and let them indexed more quickly?

If you find that search engines taking more time to crawl your pages after publishing or modifying content on it, there are two possible methodologies to notify search engines about changes done on your website.

Submission of URL

You can submit the web address or URL of your site or specific page to search engines to notify that they needs to be crawled as soon as possible due to fresh content or content changes. You don't need to submit each and every page here unless it's a specific consideration. Just the top-level page will be enough for search engines to visit and crawl for changes. But submission of top-level URL may not guarantee that it will crawl all of your pages on blog or website. So be specific, if you need to.

Here I'm gonna list popular search engines which allows submitting URLs manually.



Submission of XML Sitemap

Sitemap is a page where visitors can navigate through pages which resembles site structure, if they were unable to find a particular page on your blog or website they intended to. It helps them to navigate easily. But an XML Sitemap is a XML file which has list of URLs of your pages on the blog or website. It doesn't help users to navigate easily, but search engines value it mostly.

Submitting XML sitemap help search engines to find what are the pages available on your site and crawl all of pages without missing any of them. Submission of an XML sitemap can guarantee that your pages are queued to be indexed in search index of search engines. So it is far more effective than submission of URLs, we discussed above.

First off you need to create an XML sitemap before you submit it to search engines. Let's see how to generate an XML sitemap for your blog or website and submit to popular search engines.

i. Generate a sitemap of your blog or website using a XML sitemap generator such as XML-Sitemaps.

Note: Free sitemap generators may have limitations.

ii. Now right click on generated XML sitemap link or download link, and copy link address of the XML sitemap file.

iii. Submit your XML sitemap to search engines, appending URL of your XML sitemap in each URL. Just append sitemap URL and copy whole URL onto browser address bar. Then hit Enter or click go button.




Color Indication Information:

   - XML Sitemap URL

Add the URL of your XML sitemap you have grabbed after creating or uploading XML sitemap, whenever you submit the XML sitemap to a search engine.

Enjoy :-)

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