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Get my website on Google

One of the most common questions we get from new website owners is how they can find their new website on Google. Follow the steps below to make sure Google doesn't miss adding your website to their search index so your site can start appearing in search results.

1. Get your site ready

Firstly, check you've followed our SEO tips for making your website optimised for search-engines, including making sure the content throughout your website contains the kind of words people are likely to use to search for a site like yours.

2. Connect to Google Search Console

Complete the steps in our help article on how to add your website to Google's search console. This ensures Google knows your website exists, and speeds up the indexing of your website. Some experts also suggest you can get Google to find key pages even faster by using the "Request Indexing" function in the URL Inspection Tool.

3. Get quality incoming links

Get as many links from other high quality websites pointing to your site as you can - this means taking advantage of local directories, social media platforms, maybe even featuring in guest posts on popular blogs appropriate to your business.

Be sure to claim your business profile with Google Business - this helps your search ranking not only by providing another incoming link, but also means you'll show up in local map results, as well as enhancing how your listing is displayed when someone specifically Googles your business.

4. Monitor

Google advises that crawling can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Be patient and monitor progress using either the Index Status report or the URL Inspection tool.

You can also check to see if your website has been indexed by going to Google and doing a "site search". To do this, type site: followed by your domain. For example, here's a site search for Nimbo:

And then...

Once your pages are listed in "site search" results, they will appear in normal search results when people use the right search terms. How close you are to the top spot will depend on how much competition you have for particular search terms, and how good their search engine optimisation is. Everyone's after spot number 1!

If you decide you don't have the time or expertise to do all of this yourself, there are many professionals around who specialise in SEO, who can offer one-off tune-ups or ongoing monitoring. Just pop over to your favourite search engine and search for Search Engine Optimisation.