How To Get Your Web Page Listed In Google In 6 Easy Steps

By Sunil
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One of the most common frustrations website and blog owners face, particularly those who are new to the space, is to get their pages indexed or listed on search engines quickly.

Because of the amount of spam and saturation on the Internet, it takes a website or blog longer to get included in search engine search results today than ever before. So what’s a website or blog owner operator to do?

If you have found that some or all of your pages are not included in search listings months after you went live, assuming you have covered the basics such as site map generation and submission, a quick way to get your pages indexed is by attracting some page rank juice (or link juice) to your pages.

This involves finding popular websites and blogs and obtaining a link back from those resources to your web pages. This is the bread and butter of my marketing strategy for each of my niche websites, all of which rank on the first page of Google for relevant key terms in their respective industries.

Here is how I do it, which I have found to be the method that gives me the most “bang” for my effort or time investment.

Step 1:

Review whatever analytic tool you use to measure the rank of your web pages on search engines and pick a page that has yet to be “picked up” or indexed by a search engine.

Example: Let’s take my Raw Food for Dogs website. Let’s assume the Raw Dog Food Recipe page within the website was found not to be indexed.

Here is the URL of the page: http://raw-food-for-dogs.com/raw-dog-food-recipe.html

Step 2:

Sign up with a reputable article directory or a web 2.0 platform such as WordPress or Squidoo and write an article relevant to the topic of raw dog food.

Ensure that the article is at least 500 words in length, is free of spelling and grammatical errors, and provides value to the reader. What kinds of articles provide value? Ones that address a question or concern, teaches how to do something; basically adequately fulfils a potential need the web surfer may have.

Step 3:

Optimize your article by ensuring that your main keyword is included in the title of the article, at least three times within a body of 500 words (including once in the first sentence – preferably).

If the article directory allows inclusion of tags, enter at least four other key terms that are relevant to your main keyword.

Example: http://www.sooperarticles.com/pets-articles/dog-articles/raw-dog-food-recipe-your-need-how-use–507179.html
Notice the congruency of the topic, body and links within the article?

Step 4:

Submit the article to the directory with two embedded links. One link should be a link to the specific webpage (http://raw-food-for-dogs.com/raw-dog-food-recipe.html) that you found not indexed, while the other link should point back to the main website or your home page (http://raw-food-for-dogs.com/).

Use appropriate anchor texts in each link. The text you use to link to the specific webpage must contain the key term that the specific webpage is optimized for. The link to your home page should include the main keyword your website or home page is built around.

Example: Note the links in the “signature” section of the article. It reads like this:

“Give your best friend a Happier, Healthier and Longer Living Life by getting them on the Raw Food for Dog Diet program. Raw dog food recipe is how nature meant it to be, so take time to learn how to implement it in your dog’s life in the best way possible.”

Notice that the first link is a link to the homepage utilizing the main keyword of the page/site, which is “raw dog food”. The second link is anchored by the phrase “raw dog food recipe”, which is the main keyword that the specific webpage we are marketing is optimized for.

Step 5:

This step is not critical, but will help expedite and amplify your progress if you execute it. If you have social bookmark accounts such as Stumble Upon or Digg, bookmark your article after it goes live on the directory.

Step 6:

Wait a week or so and check your analytics tool once again. It is highly likely that you will now find your webpage indexed on major search engines. Rinse and repeat this process for the remaining orphans.

How And Why Does This Process Work?

Let’s talk about why first. Search engines take time to find a new website. Without carefully optimizing a website, creating and submitting a sitemap, it may take search engines weeks and months to realize that you even exist.

Once found, search engines take time to get to know and trust a new website. One way to expedite that timeline is by telling the search engines that other established and popular websites think highly of your website. How? By back linking!

Now for the how – how does this back linking strategy work? The two embedded links in your article pass on the article directory’s popularity to your website or blog. Further, because your anchor texts are highly relevant to both the content of the article as well as your website, more brownie points are awarded to you by search engines because of high relevancy.

By optimizing the article itself (remember the title and body instructions?), you are further increasing relevancy of the content to the webpage and website you are linking to. Search engines notice this correlation and reward such behavior.

So if you have web pages or blog posts that are sitting idle collecting dust, try the above back linking strategy and monitor the results in a couple weeks. I am highly hopeful that you will find your pages indexed shortly after.

What do you think of this article marketing method? What strategies have worked best for you and why?

All the best!
~ Sunil

About Sunil

Sunil is the author of the Extra Money Blog, a platform that discusses expedited wealth building through multiple streams of active and passive income where you can download his FREE report on How to Establish a $1,000 a Month Passive Income Stream in Your Spare Time in Less Than 180 Days. He was a CPA in his previous life and has also authored the CPA Requirements portal which guides CPA candidates in passing the CPA exam and expediting their career success.

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44 Comments

  • Thanks for the info. What directories are you submitting your articles to?

    • Hi Luke, I use an automated tool that submits to 100 directories between PR 3-8 per month for a full year. I’ve done a review on it on my blog if you are interested. It costs me $14 per month, so for just under $200 a year I am ensuring steady submissions over time.

  • Good article!

    Anyway,I am not sure about the effectiveness of 2.0 web sites nowadays
    Their use has been much abused by spammers and black hat seo

    • Albert – spammers are abusing everything they can get their fingers on no doubt. From my experience, web 2.0 properties still trump the traditional directories. Do you have better suggestions for where to spend my time instead?

  • A lot of webmasters and SEO ‘experts’ believe article submission is a thing of the past. But I would strongly disagree. This post gives all the reasons why it is still effective marketing strategy, if done correctly and responsibly.

    Come up with 500 word articles, with anchor text and with the correct webpages (of your own) to link to and see the results in analytics!

    • It’s funny because I read all sorts of justifications why article marketing doesn’t work today. However, I am still unclear on what are the “better” methods that these writers are proposing? In addition, I still practice article marketing and it works wonders.

  • Good article

    Just need some time to make this operation with all the pages.

  • Hey Sunlil,
    I do everything that you mentioned in your post. In my early days of blogging my titles were not very keyword relevant nor was I making sure that I had the keywords in my post.

  • In the past what has worked for me was simply leaving a comment on a popular blog, and usually Google would index my website quickly, almost always in under five days. Google’s gotten way better since then, and I feel like pretty much most wordpress blogs if configured right will have the webpage indexed in less than 24 hours. Theres definitely alot of different ways to get Google to notice your webpage to index it.

    -Jean

    • Jean – good point on wordpress. The ping feature/functionality ensures your posts are crawled, providing you have pinging services included in your settings. As for blog commenting, it is hit or miss in my experience. Some blogs have no follow attributes. In other cases, you may ensure your home page is indexed, but if the site is not built with an optimized layout, this may not necessarily mean the rest of the pages are also being indexed.

      • Yes you are absolutely right Sunil, it is a hit or miss with the blogs. I used to also use signatures in forums as a way to get the search engines to see my website/blog, but even then it was a hit or miss as you are saying because of the nofollow attribute, among other variables.

        -Jean

  • I think by updating the site properly and frequently and adding a sitemap and pinging google will do the trick.

  • Creating a Google AdWords account and adding a number of ads on your site. You only add and with just the domain or company name only, without much attention to keywords. For when the addition is that Google will visit your site. Just spend a little money, have your site lots of little benefit. This method will certainly shorten the time index site from several weeks to a couple days.

    • this may or may not help. many do not know how the system works, and the learning curve is too steep for many to be willing to invest the necessary. that said, one can lose their shirt with adwords if they go in blindly. i know i almost did

      • Hi Sunil,
        It helps, but it is a bit difficult if you can not the system. But for so little as 0:50 dollars a day for 2-3 weeks on 5-10 cheap keywords do you get a good result.

      • I agree, it needs to be carefully evaluated before one tries to enable AdWords on their site, not least of all taking into account what factors play into its most effective usage or even what basic requirements and standards must be first met before AdSense will even approve the site in some cases. Thanks for the excellent post, Sunil. It’s a lot of valuable and practical information to get indexed as soon as possible.

  • Nice article, someone should not just expect his site to rank on search engines by just sitting and hoping that search engines will notice his/her site. Doing link building and social media promotion it’s a must for any post that a blogger post.

    Regards Kostas

  • Pretty good tips! You can also submit your site to RSS feeds if you have one. You definitely have to do a bit of work to get your sites indexed when you first create them. Otherwise, your site could be sitting around for weeks or maybe even months before getting picked up by the search engines! Thanks for the advice!

    • Peter – RSS submission is a great idea, that’s why wordpress with its pinging feature is becoming a preferred platform for niche site creation. That said, I suppose one can manually ping static HTML websites (made the old fashioned way) – however it is more challenging / time consuming to do so

  • Some good tips here.

    Also the old fashioned submitting to http://google.com/addurl is still quite a valid way to get listed.

    You can even submit via Google Webmaster tools now and be listed a hell of a lot quicker than any method here (including submitting to addurl). That’s a recent annoucement from Google (http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2011/08/submit-urls-to-google-with-fetch-as.html)

  • Wow, lots to digest. Thanks for generously sharing this useful info. Especially appreciate the acknowledgment that for article markenting, the goal may not be tens of thousands of fans but a few hundred solid ones.

  • It’s always helpful to find “how to” articles that promise quick results, but the the question as to how exactly this can catch up with you later on is a concern. The first thing about quick results is the legitimacy of the means used to achieve them.

  • Thanks a lot for sharing this information, really very helpfull for people that are into optimizing their website’s and blogs? Will follow this blog for sure!! Thanks. Eric, belgium

  • Hmm.. Sounds Good… Let me try :)

  • Mindblowing strategy Sunil. I like it very much as first its very simple to follow and second its really works if done correctly.

    As I personally done by this way many times and also using others like RSS feed, Pinging etc..

    Thanks a lot for this important sharing.

  • Thanks for thin information. I had started doing this a little while back, but after the update I was a bit hesitant. But you listed two sites that are still doing well and have better “rules”. I am going to have to give it another shot. Squidoo, I have heard, is a great place to start.

  • From my experience, web 2.0 properties still trump the traditional directories.

    • It does seem like web 2.0, and social media in general is more likely to garner faster attention of the search engines. Must be because they are so much more active, therefore more likely to get crawled. At least thats my theory.

      -Jean

  • Hi, thanx for the valuable info, I was never able to get into Google so fast but now I hope I will :)

  • Thanks for the tips! It is a must to have it bookmarked for faster index. You can also do some linkbuilding techniques to hit that listing quick.

  • What about “local” marketing for local businesses? like Google places & maps and Yahoo local? This is different . you don’t need all the other stuff like link building to get top listings

  • Great tips Sunil. I used to have a dreadful time getting my sites listed in the initial days. Now after numerous blogs and websites, listing in google is never an issue especially due to the fact that I use wordpress for all my blogs.

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