How to index your website with Google, Bing, and Yahoo!
Maintaining visibility and presence among popular search engine providers is one of the most crucial factors if a website is to succeed. In order to be found on Google, Bing, or Yahoo, your own website first needs to be listed in their index. We show you how to register your URL with the individual search engine operators.
- Google indexing: how to register your website
Approximately two thirds of all internet searches worldwide are made through the market leader, Google. With billions of daily visitors, the search engine giant has evolved into the central interface of the World Wide Web. For those running professional internet projects, a presence in Google’s search results is a fundamental prerequisite for a successful online business. And websites are only found on the search engine if they’re listed in Google’s index. There are two options for those who want to be listed in the database: either you wait for a search engine crawler to pick up on your web space through an external link, or you take matters into your own hands by submitting your site to Google yourself. We’ll show you how this latter step works in the paragraphs below.
1.1 Create a Google account
Log on to Google’s start page and create an account; signing up for one is completely free of charge. Click the ‘Sign in’ button and then select ‘Create account’. Google will then take you through the registration process. Skip this step if you’re already registered with Google.
1.2. Start Google Search Console
Open the area ‘Enter URL’ in the Google Search Console with the following address:
Once the site is called up, you will be prompted to register using your Google account.
1.3. Enter your website
Including the details like http or https and the trailing slash at the end of the URL, make sure to enter the site’s complete address into the input box and to also pay attention to its correct spelling and notation. Using CAPTCHA, authenticate your identity by clicking ‘I am not a robot’ and send your application on its way.
Prospects of manually indexing your site with Google
During registration, Google informs applicants that the submitted URL will not automatically be accepted into the search index. Addresses transferred to Google are crawled by search bots within a matter of a few days and checked for their relevance. Once it’s determined that your website has been set up according to Google’s guidelines for webmasters, then nothing should stand in the way of completing a successful registration. You can check whether your URL is listed with Google by executing a simple site search. Just enter the following search into Google’s search bar:
The search operator site, instructs Google to display all the indexed URLs with the respective domain in the search engine results pages. Should the site search fail to yield the desired result despite the indexing submission, then the next step is to rule out a failed indexing attempt due to technical reasons. The file robots.txt, the HTML meta tag “nofollow”, and the canonical tag are all common culprits in such cases.
Additional information on registering your website with Google and potential problems you may run into when indexing are covered in this video:
- Bing and Yahoo!—indexing: how to register your website on Bing and Yahoo!
Even if Bing and Yahoo occupy a considerably smaller portion of the UK market, it’s still worth making sure you’re listed with these search engines as well; these alternatives have been gaining ground on Google over the last few years.
In September 2016 it was reported that Bing now has more than 20% of the search market share in the UK, i.e. more than one in five searches are now done via Bing. This undoubtedly demonstrates that Bing is now a force to be reckoned with in the UK search engine business. However even within the UK, and even more so outside of it, Google still dominates as is demonstrated by the graphic below.
And given that Bing and Yahoo created a joint advertising network in 2010, registering your website on both search engines only requires a single registration process.
2.1 Creating a Microsoft Account
Log on to Bing.com and sign up for a free Microsoft account. Click on the ‘Sign in’ button in the upper-right corner of the screen, and the click on ‘Microsoft account’. Enter the information required for a registration.
2.2 Getting started with Bing Webmaster Tools
Once you’ve successfully registered your account, you’ll also have access to the various Bing Webmaster Tools. Like Google, Bing users are also prompted to enter their website’s URL when indexing and then are required to verify themselves as the site’s owner.
2.3 entering the website
Via ‘Configure My Site’, you can forward your sitemap to Bing and Yahoo. Generally, it only takes a few days for your website to be indexed by the search engine. During this process you’re able to check the status of your application.
Prospects of manually indexing with Bing and Yahoo!
As is the case when registering a website with Google, the prospects of a successful application with Bing and Yahoo! depend on whether the sent URL adheres to the advertising networks policies. Find out more about these guidelines in Bing’s Help Center.