How to Submit Your Website to Search Engines (Index Faster)

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How to submit your website to search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu and Yandex. (Step by step)

Why is my website not showing up on Google?

If you have a relatively new website or rarely publish new content, your website has likely not been indexed on Google or similar search engines (see Bing, Yahoo, Yandex, etc.).

In this article, I'll show you How to Submit Your Website to Search Engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo & Yandex step by step.

Unless you post content on your website regularly, it can take weeks or even months for search engines to index only your websites or blogs.

Even after your website has been shown in the search engines, you are likely to have a hard time getting your website to the top.

If so, the best way to ensure that your website is indexed by search engines is to send your website URL directly to them.

Benefits of Submitting Your Website to Search Engines

  • Google alone has an indexed database with hundreds of billions of pages. Search engine crawlers can easily miss your website. Submitting your website will make it easier for them to find your website.
  • It will help you index your website faster. Better to take a few minutes and submit your website instead of waiting days or even weeks.
  • It helps the search engines understand your website and get information about the important pages of your website.
  • Search engines often prefer manual submission.

In addition to how to submit your website or blog to search engines, we'll also cover how to prevent search engines from accessing or crawling certain parts of your website.

Let's begin.

How to Submit Your Website to Search Engines in 2021

How to Submit Your Website to Google

Google is the largest search engine and the best source for generating organic traffic. Submitting your website to Google is pretty easy and only takes a few steps.

To submit your website to Google, you need to use the Google Search Console. Previously, Google had a link submission tool that has unfortunately been discontinued.

Tweet via Google deletes the function for submitting public URLs

The only way to submit your website to Google is to use the Google Search Console. To do this, send your sitemap or a specific url on your website.

If you don't know what a sitemap is, let me explain:

A sitemap is an XML file that contains the list of all the pages on a website.

You can find your website's sitemap at – yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml

Here is the sitemap of my website:

Example of an XML sitemap

If you don't already have a sitemap, you can easily create one. You can use the Yoast SEO plugin if you are using WordPress CMS or use a sitemap generator tool for static websites.

To submit your sitemap, go to Google Search Console> select Properties> Sitemaps> Insert Sitemap URL> press enter.

How to add a sitemap in the new Google search consoleHow to add a sitemap in the new Google search console

And that's it. You have successfully submitted your website to the search engines.

If you are using the old version of the Search Console, you can follow these steps.

Go to Search Console> select Properties> Crawl> Sitemaps> Add / Test Sitemap> Insert Sitemap URL> click Submit.

How to send a single / custom url to google

So you've submitted your website to Google for indexing. But what if you want to send individual pages or URLs to Google?

With Google, you can do this through the search console. However, you have to use the old version of the Google Search Console as the new version is still in beta and does not offer this feature.

The new search console offers another way of submitting individual URLs, which we'll get into below.

First, let's see how you can submit a single / custom url to google.

In the old version of the search console, there is a tool called Get As Google that you can use to submit pages.

You can find this tool at Search Console> Crawl> Get As Google> Paste URL> Get.

How to submit a single url or page to google using fetch as the google feature of the search consoleSubmit a single url to Google using Get As Google

The work is not done here.

Now you need to request the submitted page to be indexed. Click the box to request indexing and prove you are not a robot.

You can also choose to crawl just this URL or the URL and its direct links.

Now let's talk about how you can do the same with the new search console.

Google has replaced the "Get as Google" tool in the new version with the "URL checking" tool.

This tool simply checks the URL entered and reveals the problems associated with the URL. The index status of the URL is also displayed.

To find this tool, go to the new version of Search Console> URL Inspection Tool> Paste URL.

If your URL is not indexed, an index button will appear. Click the button to submit the URL for indexing.

How to submit your website to Bing

Just like Google, it's pretty easy to submit your website to Bing too. This can be done using the Bing Webmaster Tools.

You must submit your sitemap to Bing Webmaster Tools in order to fully submit your website to Bing. For the option to submit the sitemap, go to Bing Webmaster Tools> Add Site> Fill out the form and click Submit.

How to submit a sitemap to Bing using the Bing Webmaster Tool

When you submit your website to Bing, your website is also automatically submitted to Yahoo Search because Yahoo uses Bing's search index.

How to send a single, custom URL to Bing

Just like Google, Bing stopped submitting links due to too many low quality links being submitted.

Therefore, there is currently no way to send an individual URL to Bing. You need to submit your sitemap to Bing Webmaster Tools.

How to Submit Your Website to Yahoo

The Yahoo database has been provided by Bing since 2010. Once you've registered your website with Bing, your back is covered. Yahoo will pick your website from there.

For 90% of bloggers and website owners, submitting your website to Google, Bing, and Yahoo is the only thing to worry about. So if you have completed all of the steps so far, it is time to relax.

Let's see how to get your website listed on Baidu & Yandex.

So submit your website to Baidu & Yandex

Submitting your website to Baidu and Yandex is the same as submitting your website to Google or Bing.

To submit your website to Yandex, you first need to create an account in Yandex Webmaster Tools and add your website.

The next step is to check ownership of your website. There are many methods that you can choose from. However, if you are using WordPress I recommend that you go for the meta tag method.

Then copy the meta tag and paste it into the settings of your Yoast SEO webmaster tools. Here are the steps:

Yoast SEO> General Settings> Webmaster Tools> Paste Yandex Code.

How to Review Yandex Using Yoast SEOHow to Review Yandex Using Yoast SEO (Likewise, you can review Google's and Bing's search consoles.

Once your website has been reviewed, go back to the Yandex Webmaster Tools and go to Indexing> Sitemap Files> Insert Sitemap.

How to submit your sitemap to YandexHow to submit your sitemap to Yandex

That's it. You have submitted your website to the Yandex search engine.

Now let's see how to submit your website to Baidu.

To submit your website to Baidu, you can use the link submission tool. Go to the Link Submission Tool> paste your link> click "Submit".

So submit your website to Baidu. Pretty easy right?

How to send a single / custom url to Baidu & Yandex

You can also submit individual pages to Baidu and Yandex's search engine.

To submit a single page to Yandex, go to Webmaster Tools> Indexing> Check URL Status> Paste URL> click "Check".

Sending a specific page url to YandexSubmit a specific page url to the Yandex search engine

The URL Status Check Tool will check the status of the URL you have sent and show you the status of the index.

To submit a single URL to Baidu, you can use the same link submission tool we used above to index a site on Baidu.

This is how you prevent Google and search engines from indexing certain pages on your website

Sometimes there are pages on your website that you don't want search engine indexing.

For example, pages like privacy policies or disclaimers do not need to be submitted to search engines.

Once you've submitted your website for indexing, basically all of the pages will be indexed. So how do you keep certain pages from being indexed by search engines?

If you're using WordPress, you can enable the no-index tag in the Yoast SEO plugin.

How to not index posts with Yoast SEO to prevent search engine crawlersHow to prevent search engines from accessing certain pages in WordPress

This will prevent that particular page from being indexed by Google or other search engines.

Why is my website not displayed on Google despite submitting it?

So you've submitted your website to Google. However, it still doesn't show up in search results.

If your website isn't showing up on Google (or similar search engines), it doesn't mean there is something wrong with your website.

There are many common reasons why this happens. Here are a few ways to fix this problem.

  • Your website does not have an index tag This prevents Google from indexing your website and its pages. Check that your website does not have an index tag and remove it.
  • Check to see if your Robots.txt file is blocking a URL. Use Google's Robots Testing Tool to see if a URL is blocked or not.
  • Check your .htaccess file and see if it contains a "noindex" or "nofollow" tag.

If you recently submitted your website to Google, it may take some time. The best way is to wait.

However, you can use the index status report to monitor crawling progress.

You can also use Google's URL inspection tool to check the status of a URL. Go to Search Console> URL Review> Enter URL> hit enter.

This tool shows whether a URL is indexed by Google or not. It also shows details and the reason a page is not indexed.

How to index your website faster

Here are some tips to help you index your website faster:

  • Keep blogging consistently: I've blogged on this site infrequently in the past and the result was that Google didn't even index posts for weeks after it was published. So make sure you blog consistently.
  • Correct your crawl budget: This is where you structure / block / fix bugs on your website to make sure it doesn't take Google long enough to crawl all of your urls. Here's a simple guide to help you understand crawling budget optimization.
  • Use social media: Google often crawls websites like Twitter or Pinterest. Try to share your blog posts on these platforms as soon as you publish or update them.
  • Get backlinks: Search engine bots discover websites when other websites mention them. The more links you point to your website, the more likely search engines will hit you while crawling other websites. Here is a beginner's guide to backlinks.

Conclusion: Here's how to register your website with Google

Submitting your website to search engines is very easy and it will help you get your new website indexed quickly.

Comment below if you have any questions about submitting your website to search engines.

FAQs about submitting your website to search engines

Will Google find new pages on my website?

Once you've submitted your website to Google, Google bots (spiders) will regularly search your website for new content. Once they find it, they index it and your new pages will show up in the search results.
Another way that Google (and any other search engine) can find new pages on your website is through mentions or links of your page on other websites. Backlinks form a path for spiders to discover newer content.

Should I submit my site to directories?

Submitting directories was an effective way to get your website indexed on Google faster. No more. There are no benefits to directory submission these days.

Why is my website not displayed on Google despite submitting it?

Google needs to index your website in order for it to appear on Google. This process can take weeks if not months, so there is literally nothing you can do to speed it up.
However, in case you are concerned, you can check Google's webmaster guidelines to make sure your website isn't breaking any rules.

How do I get my website on the first page of Google?

You need a healthy mix of quality content and links (to those parts) to get your website on Google's first page. That is a whole topic in itself. Read here how you can improve your ranking.
Alternatively, make sure your content on the page you want to rate conforms to all of the on-page SEO techniques that are a must to get to the top of Google.
Here's another SEO guide with tips on how to optimize your website to rank in the top 5 as well as the first page.

How does Google rate websites on SERPs?

Google has a very complex and constantly evolving algorithm system that includes over 200 different ranking factors to measure the quality of a website before it is classified on the SERPs.
Google also employs search quality evaluators to assess the quality of a website and the performance or resolution of user queries before ranking a website for a term.

How do I submit my website to DuckDuckGo?

DuckDuckGo is very popular these days thanks to its privacy-driven search engine.
However, you literally don't have to do anything to get your website published on DuckDuckGo. DuckDuckGo finds you and ranks your website based on your ranking factors.

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