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How do I submit my website to search engines?

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Introduction

Have you ever wondered why your website is not being ranked or reaching out to more people?

The answer is that search engines don't know about your website.

So in this article, you'll learn about submitting your website to search engines.

Let’s begin to learn more about it.

 How do I submit my website to search engines?

Search engines

A search engine is a software that facilitates finding information online by using keywords or phrases. Even with millions of websites available, search engines can deliver results swiftly by continuously monitoring the Internet and indexing every page.

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Need of Submitting Website to Search Engines

It can be advantageous to submit your website to a search engine. But you most likely don't have to.

This is due to how adeptly search engines can find your website independently.

Google continuously checks known websites for fresh links. And it will click on those links to find pages it is unfamiliar with. Google "crawls" new pages to learn as much as possible about them unless told otherwise.

But there are still two compelling arguments for doing it:

  • It might speed up Google's crawl of your website.
  • It might help Google comprehend the layout of your website better.

What You’ll Need Before Submitting

  • You must first have access to edit your website.
  • Some may dispute this and assert that a website can be submitted to search engines without having backend web access. Yes, they are also correct.
  • But occasionally, you'll require access to a website's backend.

How to Submit an Entire Website

 Create a Sitemap Index with Categorized Sitemaps

  1. Understanding how to manage indexation at scale is crucial when handling indexation for an entire website. This process can be made considerably simpler for webmasters and, most crucially, search engines by having an optimized sitemap.
  2. Here, I'm talking about an XML file, not an HTML sitemap, when I say "sitemap."
  3. It could be wise to develop various sitemaps, depending on the type of your website, to assist in organizing your information into useful categories. You can even construct an image sitemap to improve your image optimization strategy.
  4. A sitemap index can be used as a root link to each sitemap.
  5. FTP Upload of an XML Sitemap
  6. FTP access can come in handy if you lack access to your website's backend.
  7. It may be difficult if this is your first time using the backend of your website. These instructions will help you upload your XML sitemap once connected to your FTP.
    • Find your public_html directory by searching.
    • Dispatch the public_html directory.
    • Your sitemaps to that directory for upload.

Optimize Your Robots.txt

Add a Link to Your Sitemap

In your robot.txt file, you can provide a link to your sitemap file. This increases your crawl rates and makes it easier for search engines to find your sitemap.

Double Check Disallow Directives

If you're planning to build a new website, make sure it DOES NOT contain the following text:

User Agent: *

Disallow: /

Those two lines of text will prevent all significant search engines from indexing your page. You'd be shocked at how frequently web developers launch websites without checking for this.

Submitting websites to search engines

Google

Google Search Engine

Enter your sitemap URL and click "submit" after logging into Google Search Console, which is located on the left menu.

Note: For multiple sitemaps, repeat this process

Bing

Bing Search Engine

Enter your sitemap URL and click "submit" after logging into Bing Webmaster Tools, which is located on the left menu.

Note: For multiple sitemaps, repeat this process

Yahoo

Yahoo Search Engine

Bing powers Yahoo. Your website will be submitted to Yahoo automatically if you submit it to Bing. Therefore, there is nothing to do.

DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo Search Engine

Website contributions are not permitted on DuckDuckGo. They find and index websites from more than 400 sources, including their web crawler DuckDuckBot, Wikipedia, Bing, and other collaborators.

Other than submitting your website to Bing, there is nothing else you need to do.

Check if Your Website Has Been Indexed

  • Simply visit the homepage of your preferred search engine and enter site:yoursitename.com as the search query to see if your website has been indexed.
  • We would enter site:wpbeginner.com into the search bar to find the WPBeginner website.
  • You should see a content list if your site has been indexed. Typically, your homepage will be at the top.

Frequently asked questions

Why is my website not showing on Google?

If your website is not included on Google, one of the reasons is maybe your website has not yet been indexed by Google.

How long does it take for a website to show up on Google?

Your new website will take four days to 4 weeks to be crawled and indexed by Google.

Why is my SEO not working?

When SEO fails, it's most probably because it was launched with an unguided checklist or set of strategies.

How do you submit a website to ask?

You must upload an XML sitemap to your Web server to submit your website to Ask.com.

What to do to submit my website to Google?

You typically don't even need to do anything besides post your site on the web because Google automatically searches for sites to add to our index.

Conclusion

To conclude this blog, we discussed how to submit websites to search engines. What should be done before submitting? We also discussed the process of submitting the websites to different search engines. In the end, we saw how to check whether the website was being indexed or not.

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Topics covered
1.
Introduction
2.
Search engines
3.
Need of Submitting Website to Search Engines
4.
What You’ll Need Before Submitting
5.
How to Submit an Entire Website
5.1.
 Create a Sitemap Index with Categorized Sitemaps
5.2.
Optimize Your Robots.txt
6.
Add a Link to Your Sitemap
7.
Submitting websites to search engines
7.1.
Google
7.2.
Bing
7.3.
Yahoo
7.4.
DuckDuckGo
8.
Check if Your Website Has Been Indexed
9.
Frequently asked questions
9.1.
Why is my website not showing on Google?
9.2.
How long does it take for a website to show up on Google?
9.3.
Why is my SEO not working?
9.4.
How do you submit a website to ask?
9.5.
What to do to submit my website to Google?
10.
Conclusion