After your new website design is all finished and you are ready to launch, there are still several matters to attend to and the #1 most important is to tell all the major search engines that your new website is ready for the world to see! Don’t skip this important step! You need to index your site to tell the search engines that your site is up and running and that the search engine can send out “bots” to comb your site. You can envision bots as algorithms that comb over all the digital information on the internet to create a library or map of pages on the internet.
The entire process of indexing a new website with search engines is as simple as finding the right submission sites and posting your url, and should only take you about 15 minutes to do. If you have your website built by a professional website design firm, they should take care of this for you. In this blog, we’ll discuss how to get your website indexed on Google, Bing, and Yahoo Search, as well as, supplying you with all the links.
Indexed on Google
With Google being the most popular and frequented search engine with over 1 billion searches a day, it should be your first stop. Go to the Google Web Search Console and enter your url and click submit request. That’s it! Check Google search engine off your list of major search engines to index your site. You can expect Google’s search bots to take 1-4 weeks to index your brand new website.
Indexed on Bing
The same process can be followed for Bing’s search engine. Go to the Submit your Site to Bing page and plug in your url. You’ll get a nice message saying: “Bing will come and visit your site soon.”
Indexed on Yahoo
When you go to the Yahoo Submit Your Site page, and click “Submit your site for free”, it will redirect you to sign up for an account with Bing…which then requires you to have a Microsoft Account. So, if you don’t already have these specifically set up for your business this is a good time to do them, while ensuring that you save your usernames and passwords, because we guarantee you’ll forget them later when you actual need them. Getting into Bing webmaster is an entirely new subject matter that we’ll cover in a later post.
Setting up Webmaster accounts for each of these search engines will provide you with meaningful tools to help maintain the health of your website, as well as, help promote the website on the specific search engines. While it’s not always necessary to submit your new website to search engines manually it never hurts. Assimilation Software will add your sitemaps to the auto-discovery directive, robots.txt in order to ensure that all of the search engines automatically know about your sitemap.