Do I need to check the index status of my site? If yes, why should I bother and how would I? I’ll try to clarify the issue so we can all get the most out of Googles search results and help our sites move upward in the rankings.
You should and here’s why
When I go to write a blog post I first do a keyword search looking for a title that people are entering into the search bars, as they look for answers and products online. After gathering my chosen keywords to use in my post or article, I’ll then write and enter the keywords into the article a time or two strategically for titles, subtitles and in a sentence here and there.
This is done as part of my Search Engine Optimization efforts with the hope that my article will be boosted in the rankings and get more viewers to my website.Also your article content is valuable information that people will want to read, another reason to get the best ranking possible.
Then you have the meta title and description entries, tags and categories. There are a number of things that you need to do to get the best serp’s (search engine results pages) ranking continuously from the search engines and get your article read by as many viewers as possible.Of course that’s the whole point of your online presence and that’s why you need to pay attention and do regular SEO checks to improve your article and website traffic.
When Are Changes Seen In Search Results
Let’s say that I make some changes to improve a previous page or post and reset some of my seo entries. I used to think that the changes were applied immediately but that’s not so. It could be weeks or even months before the changes are mirrored in Googles search results.
I never followed up on my SEO efforts to see the results because I was busy doing other things and just expected my efforts to bear fruit. Well eventually I did check and I was surprised to see that some of my posts had not been updated in 6 months or so. I found out that the search engines do not update their index for my site or yours immediately when we make changes.
So knowing how often they update their index can be valuable knowledge for us. Why, because there are steps that we can take to counter any long awaited updates and get a ranking boost by the search engines.
Here’s how you can know…
…the regularity of Google’s updates to their index for your website. Follow these steps:
1. In your Google search bar enter > site:your site.com. An example being “site:newcareerat40.net”
2. Now, under the search bar click on > search tools > and click on the > Anytime dropdown and choose a time period like 6 months or 1 year to see how often Google updated their index concerning my site over that period.
3. Click on the > sorted by relevance dropdown and chose > sort by date.
4. Here you can see the search results for just your site for the past year, if that’s what you entered, sorted by the most recent update at the top. From there you can clearly see how often Google has updated their index for your site simply by checking the date.
What if it’s been months since the last update?
If you see that there has been over a month or two between updates, you can try to get Google to update more often.
Rewrite And Resubmit
If there’s been a long period of time say 6 months or 1 year since some of your posts or pages were indexed, you could rewrite or make changes to, and resubmit the page or post to: fetchasgoogle in your browser and then click on > Google Search Console and fetch as Google and enter the page title part of the url and click Fetch.
It should take a few seconds and maybe more than that at times but I’ve always had it completed within a minute or two. When the fetch part is completed just click on >request indexing (no need to click: fetch and render) and that’s it.
Post More Frequently
The best way to get Google, which owns over 65% of the search traffic, to update their index for your website is to post more frequently. This isn’t a real popular answer sometimes but only makes sense.
If I were to write and post one article per week or four per month as my best effort due to time constrictions, etc., vs posting four times weekly or sixteen times per month. Which will require and receive more of Googles attention and rise faster in the rankings.
The more content that you publish the more often that Google will crawl your site and update their index. So post quality content more frequently if necessary, whether you find the time and energy or hire a writer through one of the many content writing services like PaidForumPosting, Fiverr, Free Lancer, etc. If not you’ll just get there a little slower, but always keep watch and make the right SEO adjustments that you need to make. So it’s important for all website owners to pay attention to Google Search Results and Your Sites Index Status so that you can get the highest rankings and as many online viewers as possible.
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