As a webmaster, you know that your pages will show up in the search engine results only when they are indexed by the search engines. Getting them indexed is the only way for people browsing the internet to find you. The reason you should be paying attention to whether Google has indexed your pages is to also know if Google has penalized you, in which case, the pages will not show up in Google search.
How does Google index web pages? Does Google index all your website pages? How do you know how many pages of your website are indexed in Google?
These are very important questions that need to be answered if you want to ensure you have a highly trafficked website. Each and every page of your website is important.
There is a time difference between when you update your site and Google indexes it. The time it takes to get indexed depends on a variety of factors:
Structure of the Site
Pay attention to the subpages of your site to ensure easy accessibility by the search engine bots. Create a sitemap page that has links to all the other pages of the website and also place a link to it on the home page. Link to the deep pages of your website from the home page as this also helps in getting crawled faster. Although, there is a controversy on this point, and some say that the sitemap may not help with indexing, it is a good idea to create a sitemap, as it helps in many â€œotherâ€ ways too.
Build Incoming Links
Google gives importance to the number of incoming links, where they are coming from and the quality of the sites they are coming from, and getting links from the right sites helps with the Page Rank. The higher the Page Rank of your website, the faster Google bots will crawl your site and index it. It is also important to get links to the deeper pages of your website, and not just the home page. Every page on the website should be reachable from at least one text link.
Remove Session IDs
Google bots do not understand session Ids and consider them as different pages having the same content. Remove session IDs!
Use Robots.txt file
Use robots.txt file on your web server, as this file lets crawlers know the pages to be crawled and the pages that should not be. Be careful and make sure the Googlebot crawler itself is not blocked while doing this. You can use this file to ensure that the unimportant pages are not crawled.
Do Not Have Text Within Images
Google crawler does not recognize text within images. Include text instead of images if you wish the crawler to understand names, links, content or something important.
Use Static Pages
It helps to know that search engine spiders do not crawl dynamic pages as well as they do static pages. (Dynamic pages are pages where the url contains a character).
Now, coming to the next point in our article, which is to find out how many pages are indexed by Google, there are several ways this can be done.
The easiest way of checking which pages are indexed is to type â€œsite: your domain name.â€ All the pages that have been indexed will pop up in the search results. To ensure you get indexing information frequently and automatically, without having to check manually, you can use googlealert.com. It helps you see when pages of your site come up. Although, the email notification you receive may not always be on the same day the pages are indexed; it is still a great way to automate things.
Getting indexed in Google and other search engines like Yahoo is essential for the visibility of your website and all the pages within a website. Paying attention to these simple things can make a huge difference in the exposure your website gains and the resulting traffic that your site witnesses.