Basics of getting indexed by Google

Basics of getting indexed by Google

When you launch your website or apply new content, Google does not instantly index it, however it is not difficult.

Without indexing, Google will never show your content in its search results for keywords you that should get you found.

 

First of all check to see if Google has indexed your website. Open your browser and simply type in site:yourURL.com

and view what in the search engine database. If your site doesn’t show up, then that means it’s time to go to work getting Google’s attention.

 

Step 1: Have Your Website Ready With Content

To get Google to notice your site, you need to understand what it’s looking for.

In a lot of ways, Google is an online library that houses the most information in the world.

Like any library, it has to categorize the information it receives to keep everything in order and easy to find.

With that in mind, consider this:

What if a library receives a book with a great title and cover design only to open it and find that it was completely blank. What would they do?

Probably set it aside and keep it off the shelves because the book is utterly useless.

The same applies to Google.

If it comes to a website that has no content like pages or blog posts, then it’s not going to want to “put it on the shelves” so to speak. That’s why having content on your website should be your first step.

All of your pages and blog content should have unique, useful content available.

That way, when Google does crawl your site to index it, it will have a much better chance of sticking.

 

Step 2:  Create and Submit a Sitemap

Once you have good content in your website, create an XML sitemap, sign up to Google Search Console and verify your site. Then submit the XML sitemap to the Google Search Console

 

Step 3: Start Sending Traffic to your Website

Even when it is not indexed yet, you can refer people to your blog and website through social media bookmarking, blog commenting, and recipricol linking.

 

Now that you’ve been sending traffic to your site, and you submitted your sitemap, go back to Google Search and try searching your URL again.

If your site is indexed by Google, then you’re good to go. If not, just keep at it and checking on it.

 

Original article as posted Sept 20/16 :How to Get Your WordPress Site Indexed By Google Quickly by Elegant Themes Blog

Top Considerations for your Website!

Top Considerations for your Website!

Take a look at your website and ask your self these questions….

  • Does it appeal to your ideal demographic?
  • Is it a user friendly experience (easy to search, easy to get to pages, easy to contact you)?
  • Does it tell the viewer; What you do, who you do it for, where you do it, why they should deal with you?  Remember you only have seconds to tell convey this!
  • Does your website show your expertise in your industry?
  • Is your brand consistent with all marketing material (logo, colours, fonts, tag line)?
  • Is your website mobile responsive and does it have cross browser compatibility?
  • Do you have a lead generation system in place?  ie. newsletter sign up, contact form, free download…
  • Have you incorporated social media follow and share links?
  • Are you products/ services adequately explained?
  • What do you want to be known for?  Is it clear on your website?

These are some of the basic questions we discuss when we do a website consultation.  We provide an SEO questionnaire to help us learn about your business.

 

 

How much does a website cost?  It must be expensive…

How much does a website cost? It must be expensive…

One size does not fit all!

These are common questions and comments we hear regularly.  In actual practice all website services are custom. The cost depends on what you need. We work with small business owners who need a small website designed (1-8 pages) or larger websites with custom development and integration.  Simple and small means less time invested therefore less cost.

Many clients want just maintenance or a one off fix for an existing website. That is ok too.  A reputable company can advise on what services may actually benefit you instead of up selling you.

Web designers have a set unique of skills. It is our job to advise and practice many topics including; graphic design, development, domains and dns, hosting, seo,  security, email marketing, social media,  web advertising, current trends and technologies, blogging and so much more.  With years of experience in the field and practical knowledge we can quote on projects of any size.  We advise on marketing strategies that work!

On Page SEO

On Page SEO

Proper on-page SEO isn’t about gaming or trying to trick the search engines. It’s about making sure that the content on the page or post can be easily interpreted. ex.

Using a URL that includes a keyword

Including your primary keyword in the title

Naturally using your keyword within the first few hundred words

Not overusing your keyword in the remaining text

Keeping your content relevant, on-topic and easy to read

Linking to relevant off-site content

Including relevant and optimized images & videos

Filling out a relevant and interesting meta description

Making sure your page is mobile friendly

and more….

How long does a website design project take?

How long does a website design project take?

The timeline can vary, we usually allow 1.5 months design/ development time depending on the complexity of functionality. If it is a smaller website with few functional elements, it can be done faster.  A more functional website including custom programming can take 3-6 months once the scope of project has been laid out.

Tip: If the website text content is prepared in advance for each page, the project will go much quicker.

Business Marketing is an Integrated Process

Business Marketing is an Integrated Process

When business owners approach needing a website, we often ask about the other marketing initiatives.  The small business owner has a limited budget to implement many things. Our purpose is not to upsell the client but to provide a consistent company image and make sure all the separate marketing pieces fit together properly.

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