Google claims more than 90% of the search market, which makes the search engine a prime place for reaching future customers.
If you want Google to start driving traffic (and revenue) to your site, however, you need to get on Google, and that means learning how to submit URLs to Google. You can add URLs to Google by submitting an XML sitemap or requesting a crawl through your Google Search Console account.
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How to submit your site to Google
Add your website to Google by registering and logging into your Google Search Console account. Then, upload your website’s XML sitemap to submit your entire site to Google or request a crawl in the “URL Inspection” report to submit a single page or URL to Google.
Inside the 2 hassle-free ways you can submit links to Google
Before you get started, it’s helpful to understand the different ways you can submit your website to Google. That way, you can pick the best method for your business, which can save your team time, money, and hassle. In Google Search Console, you can submit URLs the following ways:
1. Request a crawl
You can request Google to crawl and index a specific URL. If your team publishes a new page or updates an existing one, this option is useful.
While you should still update and resubmit your XML sitemap to Google Search Console, it’s worth taking the time to submit a new or updated URL to Google with this method. For reference, some users will refer to requesting a crawl as performing a fetch.
Quick Summary: Request a crawl to submit a single URL to Google.
2. Upload a sitemap
A sitemap is the most common way to add multiple URLs to Google.
That’s because a sitemap compiles all (or most) of the links or pages on your site into a single XML file. In most cases, your sitemap will feature your most valuable pages, like your contact page, service page, or core product page.
These pages generally appear on your website’s navigation bar. If you have a larger website, it’s best practice to create several sitemaps versus a single sitemap.
For example, an ecommerce clothing store may create separate sitemaps to house its footwear, tops, and pants product pages.
Since a sitemap compiles all your site content, it’s one of the fastest ways to submit URLs to Google. You upload your sitemap to Google Search Console (more about that later) and let Google crawl and index your site.
Quick Summary: Upload a sitemap to submit multiple URLs to Google. Learn how to submit your website to Google using the sitemap method!
How to submit multiple URLs to Google with a sitemap
In Google Search Console, you can submit all your URLs to Google (via a sitemap) in three steps:
1. Log in to your Google Search Console account
Go ahead and log into your Google Search Console account. From the sidebar menu (located on the left-hand side), you can choose your website or property. Depending on your business, you may have more than one site associated with your company.
If that’s the case, select whichever website or property you want to start with first.
If you don’t have an account yet, you’ll need to create your account, as well as add and verify your site. Don’t worry, we have a helpful guide that can walk you through the entire process.
Keep in mind, however, that your development team may need to help with the verification process.
Once your account is active, you can start submitting links to Google for indexing!
2. View your Sitemaps report
Next, you want to access the Sitemaps report in Google Search Console. You can find the Sitemaps report in the sidebar menu, beneath the “Index” heading. Click “Sitemaps” and Google Search Console will load the report.
The Sitemaps report will show your submitted sitemaps, plus specific information for each sitemap:
- Sitemap type
- Submission date
- Last read date
- Number of discovered URLs
Once you submit your first sitemap, this data will become invaluable.
3. Submit a new sitemap
In your Sitemaps report, you can add a new sitemap to submit multiple URLs to Google at once.
Just follow these steps:
- Copy the URL of your sitemap
- Paste the URL into the “Enter sitemap URL” field
- Click “Submit”
It’s that simple. Keep in mind, however, that Google will not crawl and index your site instantly. It can take a few days to a few weeks for Google to review your sitemap.
You can, however, use the Sitemaps report to confirm that Google crawled your sitemap and review how many URLs it discovered from that sitemap. After your site gets indexed, you can start using Google Search Console in new ways, including:
- Assessing the mobile usability of your site
- Analyzing the keywords or queries driving traffic to your site
- Reviewing internal and external links to your site
- And more
All this data can help your company improve your pages and their rankings in Google search results.
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How to submit URLs to Google with a crawl request
For updated or brand-new pages, follow these steps to submit a single URL to Google:
1. Go to Google Search Console
If you’re already logged into Google Search Console, you’re ahead of this how-to for submitting URLs to Google. As a quick refresher, though, you want to log into your account (or create it) and select the property or website that houses the URL you’re uploading.
2. Inspect your URL
Next, you want to access the “URL Inspection” report.
You can find the “URL Inspection” report at the top of the sidebar menu, below “Overview” and “Performance.” To save time, you can also access this report via the search bar in Google Search Console. Just copy and paste your URL. A pop-up will appear that says, “Retrieving data from Google Index,” and then your report will load.
If Google’s already crawled and indexed that page, your report will say that the URL is on Google.
A brand-new page, however, will usually generate a report that says that the URL is not on Google, but not because of an error, which is what you want.
3. Request URL indexing
When your report loads, you want to do two things:
- Double-check your page and content with the “Test Live URL” option
- Submit the page to Google with the “Request Indexing” option
Again, it’s a simple process to submit a URL to Google. Like a sitemap submission, however, it will take Google time to crawl and index your page. Expect it to take a few days to a few weeks for your site to appear in Google’s index.
Once that happens, you can start viewing performance data, like impressions and clicks, for this page.
Submitting URLs to Google, but your site still isn’t ranking on page one?
While it’s helpful to know how to submit your URLs to Google, doing so doesn’t guarantee that your website will rank in search results. Having your site crawled and indexed by search engines is only part of the equation when it comes to search engine optimization (SEO).
You also need to think about the design and speed of your site, as well as the quality and relevance of your content.
There are a variety of other factors to consider too, like your website’s usability, your keyword targeting strategy, and more.
It’s overwhelming, and it’s frustrating when your strategy doesn’t succeed.
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