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How Long Does It Take Google to Index a New Site?

It takes between 4 days and 4 weeks for your brand new website to be crawled and indexed by Google. This range, however, is fairly broad and has been challenged by those who claim to have indexed sites in less than 4 days. Even though Google’s inimitable search engine works on an algorithm, the eternal math that’s happening behind the scenes can’t produce a single, solid answer for us. Still, a guideline of 4 days to 1 month gives webmasters a small amount of comfort while they wait to see where their page will appear in the search giant’s results pages.

How Sites Are Crawled and Indexed by Google

The entire process of indexing is handled by Google’s search algorithm and bots like the Googlebot, which have real-world limitations of hardware speed and physical space for servers. The bots run constantly as they turn the endless digital fields of lost information into over 100,000,000 gigabytes of index. In this way, Google creates a map of the infinite library of the visible Internet.

  1. googlebot google colored robot cartoonGooglebot, the algorithm-equipped web-crawling digital robot, sets out to explore the Internet and stops at websites.
  2. When it encounters a site, it reads the information on the website according to instructions outlined in the site’s robots.txt file. Bots like Googlebot prefer to read text and follow links that they find to bank more information, and will follow sitemaps provided by webmasters.
  3. The content the bot discovers and what that content contains is sent back to Google servers, where it is added to a database.
  4. Information in the database is fed to computer programs that keep track of which sites should be crawled, how often bots should visit them, and the number of pages to fetch.
  5. Other programs determine the relevance and value of the content on crawled sites and reward the ones that meet Google’s strict criteria with rankings near the beginning of search results.

Googlebot has an affinity for new sites, changes to existing sites, and dead links. If you’re a new site owner and want your site to be indexed as quickly as possible, you may want to put the spotlight on your site using some of the methods listed below so that the bots looking for fresh reading are drawn to your domain.

Can I Make Google Index Faster?

Yes, many webmasters have found that taking steps to signal to Google that you’ve got a new, real website brimming with potential keeps the indexing time closer to the lower range of 4 days to 4 weeks. The steps follow the logic that making your site visible in the digital realm will also make it stand out to Googlebot.

Build a Site That’s Indexable

Before connecting your site to existing channels on the Internet, make sure your site’s structure is prepared for its very first presentation. Provide the following to the Googlebot:

  • Value – Produce content with text that a Googlebot can crawl
  • Ease-of-Use – Make sure you have a high ratio of text to code in favor of text
  • Navigation – Include a navigation bar that links to all of the major and permanent content on your site
  • Real Language – Use URLs on web addresses and alt text on images that explain the site content
  • Simplicity – Minimize Javascript or code it to load after the HTML (since Googlebot reads text and gets signals of the importance of text from HTML)
  • Direction – Check your robots.txt to see if it allows the Googlebot to crawl your site properly

These are search engine optimization basics that unlock the door to your website once the bot finds it. Delays in indexing may be caused when Googlebot can’t gain entrance even if it sees your site clearly.

Set up Google Analytics

google analytics logo with chart

Google Analytics is the comprehensive, free web analytics tool that collects and organizes website traffic data into customizable reports. Connecting Google Analytics to your website is a way of saying “Hello!” to Google. Though data may not appear in Google Analytics until your website is indexed, it still sends a signal to Google that you’re serious about building your web presence.

Set up Search Console

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Google Search Console
, formerly Google Webmaster Tools, gives you more in-depth information about how your website appears in the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) and reports to you when Googlebot has a problem crawling and indexing your site. Before your site is initially indexed, you won’t receive any search console data. But showing Google that you are manually activating Google services sends another green light to Googlebot, who is on the search for all the green lights it can find.

As a bonus, setting up Google Search Console will also help you look for crawl errors so you can find ways to fix them.

Submit a Sitemap

submit sitemap google search consoleIf you want to create a sitemap, which is a rough outline of your site optimized for bots, take advantage of the Google Sitemap Generator. Though many content curation tools and website development kits now generate their own sitemaps, you’ll still need to submit one through Google Search Console. To do so, choose Sitemaps under Crawl in Google Search Console and click the Add/Test Sitemap button.

Google Fetch & Render

fetch and render google search console menuYou can ask Google manually to send a bot out to your website via the Fetch & Render option or the Submit URL option in Google Search Console. Google makes no guarantees that submitting your URL will result in a crawl or indexing. Additionally, even if Google is able to render your website, having it fetched may not produce fast results. However, doing one or both increases the odds of an early detection by Googlebot.

Note: After performing a fetch & render, Search Console will provide an option to index what was fetched. Clicking this option further raises your chance of becoming visible.

Get Links

Grabbing links to your site before it is indexed creates pathways to your site on websites that Google is already crawling. Just getting links is not as easy as it sounds, though. You’ll have to search the web for places that you trust, trust you in return, and believe in your website enough to offer you a link. Traditional networking and marketing approaches may help you earn links, so don’t be afraid to hit real pavement in search of links that will accelerate indexing.

Start Outreach

While you’re searching for links, start developing digital relationships with your target audience, other business owners, webmasters through outreach. You can:

  • Send emails to potential connections
  • Look for guest writing and blogging opportunities
  • List your site on directories (blog directories, business directories, etc.)
  • Send out press releases

We are in an age of rule by social media, and whether you enjoy it or not, those who want attention to their websites and fast indexing must embrace social media tools as a means of creating links, customers, and fans.

Set Up Social Media

social media buttons alignedChoose social media outlets that you have the capacity to manage and make accounts for those. Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn are among the most popular and well-used, but you’ll need a social media manager, a team of social media specialists, or the willingness to sacrifice the majority of your free time if you expect to keep a constant social media presence.

Create accounts with your business name and post links to your site as soon as it’s up. Most links created on social media are called nofollow links, which instructs bots not to go down the link’s path. However, Googlebot crawls social media quite a bit, and it will notice follow as well as nofollow links.

Anything Else I Should Know About Google Indexing?

Don’t fear the 4 days to 4 weeks range. Even 4 days gives you time to optimize your site so that when it finally gets indexed, it will top the SERPs. Before you begin signaling the Googlebot, read Google’s guidelines for valuable content and make sure each word you write adheres to them. Have patience, be active, and trust that Google and its hard-working team has the best interests of searchers in mind when it crawls and indexes.

Eric Ysasi

Eric Ysasi

Online Content Specialist at Leverage Marketing
Eric is a content specialist and copywriter at Leverage Marketing in Austin, TX. Following 4 years as a Public Affairs specialist in the United States Air Force, Eric received his B.A. in English and Modern Languages, then taught English in Kikonai, Japan. Pursuing his love of language, he began a career in inbound marketing and copy writing. Outside of the office, Eric hikes, bikes, skateboards, reads, watches movies, and plays guitar and piano.
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      • Josh P
        Josh P says:

        Hi Eric, can you use google search console to help indexing a social media account or article within a social media account? Great article

        Reply
        • Eric Ysasi
          Eric Ysasi says:

          Hi Josh,

          There are ways to connect some of your social activity to Google Analytics, but only if the content that you want to track is part of your website. An example would be using your social account to navigate users to a specific page, and including URL Builder parameters on that page for a social campaign. Luckily for you, most social platforms today have their own analytics built right in – check out what’s available there first, then look more into the Google URL Builder!

          Reply
  1. shailesh shakya
    shailesh shakya says:

    Hyy,
    thank for sharing your experience ….But Here I Have a query I hope you will Help Me
    1. When I was using blogger then google has indexed 43 post out of 45 , But Now i moved from blogger to wordpress and then google only indexed 18 post out of 58 . why this is happen to me (However i am updating my website every day)….please help me?

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Shailesh,

      Are you looking at the data in Google Search Console? The data is only up-to-date as far as two days earlier on a regular basis, and it’s possible that it may take some time for Google to reindex certain pages if you did not use the same link structure as you did with your previous content management system. Can you give me an update?

      Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Naija,

      Even though Google was created by humans, it still runs on math computed by machines. Math can mimic the thoughts and behaviors of humans, but can’t really reproduce them (at least for now). Google recently released a pretty big update for Google Search Console, so it’s a good time to check and see if your links are back now.

      Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Unfortunately, your rankings aren’t profoundly affected by the number of pages you have indexed. While it may be a positive signal to Google that you have a large library of information on your site, it’s more important to ensure that your content is original, high-quality, and not duplicated. I would recommend performing a content audit with a reputable SEO company to help you improve your rankings.

      Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Kiran,

      Robots.txt is a simple text file that contains instructions for bots like the Googlebot that crawl your site to index it in a search engine. You don’t have to enable it in your blog – almost every modern content management system (CMS), such as WordPress, includes a robots.txt file with standard information. You can usually customize your robots.txt file from within your CMS, but if you can’t, you can use a file transfer protocol (FTP) to send a robots.txt file straight to your website. That way, you can use your computer’s native text editor to make changes in robots.txt, then upload those changes right away. In most cases, you won’t need to make changes anyway, but under certain circumstances, robots.txt becomes incredibly important.

      Reply
  2. Eden Edivri
    Eden Edivri says:

    Awesome… I was beginning to panic. I searched for my URL on Google and it indexed the pages and the theme content i used before editing it. It still shows that by the way. So, all i have to do is optimize and wait… Cool

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Eden,

      You got it! Even if you’re just updating or reoptimizing, it’s still going to take another iteration of 4 days to 4 weeks for your content to be reindexed. It’s a tough waiting game, but the results can be phenomenal.

      Reply
  3. Sharif Uddin
    Sharif Uddin says:

    Awesome tips. I submitted my sites 5 days ago, but I haven’t seen any results. Please help me… What I can do in the future?

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Sharif,

      You may have done all you can already. Don’t forget that the majority of the indexing process is out of your hands. The best we can do, now and in the future, is optimize content and follow Google’s guidelines for preparing an easily navigable site. Don’t worry, 5 days is toward the fast end of indexing – there’s still plenty of time left for your site to reach full potential!

      Reply
  4. Nitesh Kohli
    Nitesh Kohli says:

    Wow, this was an awesome article ????
    I followed the all the steps and now my website is submitted in Google.
    Thanks for giving us this information!

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Nitesh,

      We’re always glad to hear that someone found the information useful. It’s tough to find a guide for getting your stuff submitted and indexed, so we’re hoping we see more of our guests’ websites up and in Google’s search results all the time!

      Reply
  5. Haadi
    Haadi says:

    Very nice and informative article, got good information about how to index my website quickly. Now I will promote it on social media!

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Haadi,

      Social media is a great next step! Smart SEOs believe that a strong social media presence boosts your rank in search results – as long as customers find it useful. Good luck!

      Reply
  6. Wayne Smith
    Wayne Smith says:

    Hi Eric,
    This is a great article and really informative. I have tried pretty much everything that you suggested in this article and I was wondering if I need to do anything more.

    I’m not at all knowledgable about SEO and I’m trying to learn from scratch. I submitted a Sitemap.xml file to my Google Search Console just over two weeks ago and so far its telling me it has indexed 84 pages out of 2,572, and its been stuck on the number for most of those two weeks – is this normal?

    I’m concerned that none of my keywords seem to be ranking in Google’s top 100, with the except of 1 keyword which is ranking at number 82.

    I must admit I find this SEO subject really quite confusing and difficult to grasp, but I keep finding really interesting articles likes yours, which little-by-little add to my knowledge.

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    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Wayne,

      Well I’m glad you came to us! It sounds like you’re on the right track – you definitely took a great step in submitting your site map. If you’ve done everything we wrote about, there’s of course still more that you can do.

      Try installing an SEO plugin on your content management systems (CMS). For most people, that’s WordPress, but many CRMs have SEO plugins that will let you customize the meta descriptions, slugs, and target keywords of your pages and posts. Since Google is in the process of indexing your content, you might get a boost by ensuring your technical SEO is good to go on the surface using one of these tools.

      Also, make sure your navigation menu is easy to use since that’s one of the first things Googlebot will see when it visits your site. If your navigation is easy for people, it should be easy for Googlebot as well, and it may help you get past that troublesome number 84.

      One last thing to keep in mind – while Google will attempt to index your site within 4 days to 4 weeks, some of the most influential SEO companies have found that it takes 3-6 months for changes to your site to take full effect. For example, if one of your pages receives a powerful external link, it may be 3 months or longer before the page actually moves up in the SERPs.

      It’s a tough thing to do, but having patience is your best bet for getting great results. Keep doing everything right, post quality content, and give it time. If things aren’t working a few months from now, then there’s definitely something big wrong with the site. But let’s hope that’s not the case!

      Reply
  7. Sonika Lamba
    Sonika Lamba says:

    Indexing is really a major concern for new website, especially when website is static & small. Whenever I make backlinks for my website, I face this problem. We ping every time, as well. I suppose I could create a link on a web 2.0 site, but that takes too much time.

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    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Sonika,

      It’s tough to have to wait to be indexed, isn’t it?

      I wouldn’t recommend trying to create your own links through websites you create. If you try to build a link network using just websites you’ve made yourself, you’re more likely to universally pull the authority level of all the websites down together.

      However, if you are the webmaster of more than one high-authority site, it’s okay to link back and forth, as long as the links are relevant and useful to your users. Link-building and quality content creation both take time and resources, and so does indexing and rank shifting, but the result is absolutely free organic traffic to your website!

      Reply
  8. Mehul Limbani
    Mehul Limbani says:

    hi,

    Please help me! Jobscaptain is my website. I have used the Yoast SEO plugin and added a contact form. But even after a week, Google hasn’t approved my website in Google search console.

    It shows that there’s no data available!
    I have submitted a sitemap as well.

    If I search Jobscaptain, I still can’t find my site.

    http://jobscaptain.com/

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Mehul,

      Don’t worry too much! You still have 3 weeks until you meet the typical indexing time. It could even take longer, especially if your site architecture is complex.

      Another thing to keep in mind is that Google Search Console is usually 2-3 days behind when displaying your data. Even if your site has been indexed, you may not be able to see it in search console for a few days.

      Reply
  9. Mojibola Fowowe
    Mojibola Fowowe says:

    This is a rich and very informative post. I stopped to wonder how long it would take before the new structured data markups I placed in my website would appear. Now it turns out that it might take some real good time before my site is reindexed.
    Thanks for the info.

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Mojibola,

      It’s true – every update you make on your website is going to take time to be indexed. It’s painstaking, but there’s nothing better than free traffic, right?

      Reply
  10. Review Express
    Review Express says:

    Really this is very helpful information. I needed to know how long indexing a web page took. I got it!

    Thanks

    Reply
  11. Emmanuel
    Emmanuel says:

    Hello Eric,
    Great article this is. I have been greatly informed by it.
    However, i have one issue that needs clarification
    1.) I Have over 1k+ articles on my blog and discovered the google search console about a month ago. I have done the indexing and submission of sitemap but the traffic just hasn’t increased. I’m still having just about 100/200 page views per day. What could be wrong? (and I do my keywords, tagging and socials well). Does it mean that the site has not been fully indexed?
    Thanks for your help!

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Emmanuel,

      There’s nothing wrong with 100-200 page views per day! But like all of us, I’m sure you’re looking for much more.

      Your website’s history also factors into how it ranks and the volume of traffic you’ll obtain. I advocate for high-quality content all the time, so make sure that all 1000+ of your articles are genuine and contain useful information. Modern SEO isn’t a game of stacking content – it’s a game of making your content stacked. It sounds silly, but it’s meaningful; a dozen or so powerful articles will do so much more for your SEO and earn you real backlinks than outputting content that isn’t very useful.

      Your site has probably been indexed, which you can check with Google Search Console, but it will be a while before you achieve the rankings you desire. Don’t give up!

      Reply
  12. Simanas
    Simanas says:

    Thank you for this article! Very informative!
    I have a website which is an online service for people willing to extract vocals from music. It shows up in google if domain name is used as a search query, but it is not in any results by the keywords that I am trying to optimize for. It’s been ~3 weeks now since I started it. Do you think it is still under some google’s review for those keywords or google simply doesn’t think it’s worth of anything.

    Other than that my product is thousand times better than any existing competitor. I started receiving some traffic from relevant articles comments that I made and those users converting to happy customers at very high degree. On my search console I also see that people started googling: “phonicmind vocal remover”. More and more of these searches every day.

    I would very appreciate your experienced insight in to this. What do you think? Should I just now sit, relax and wait for better and better results as initial users shows high interest and satisfaction rating, as if google is so smart about content quality, serps should go up naturally or do I need to do some additional work to boost this somehow?

    Thank you for your response.

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Simanas,

      Although the article posits that it takes between 4 days and 4 weeks for a site to be indexed, that doesn’t mean it will reach its full ranking potential in that time. Getting to a solid spot in Google’s ranking system could take months – and sometimes, it even takes years. Sifting through the enormous amount of content on the internet is a monumental task, and even the powers of Google need time to figure it all out. Don’t give up, have patience, and keep your site optimized for users and search bots!

      Reply
      • Simanas
        Simanas says:

        Thank you for your response.
        I think it took about 6 weeks until google eventually started showing my site in the search results by my target keywords. It started showing me in positions ranging from 30 – 100 initially then my positions gradually increased up to 3 – 9 by my target keywords. I am still at position ~7 by my primary keyword “vocal remover” and that is changing very slowly since I got there… Although I am getting more and more traffic based on various other keywords that not even included in my website, but they perfectly match on what I do, so that is very nice.

        I decided not to do any black hat seo, links posting etc. Will just go pure white hat way. Hope to start some more serous media marketing pretty soon, will be interesting to see how will that increase my serp positions by targeted keywords.

        Reply
        • Eric Ysasi
          Eric Ysasi says:

          Hi Simanas,

          Wow, are we glad to hear that! White-hat SEO is definitely the only way to truly earn your rankings without having to worry about negative consequences. I love when a webmaster is able to build those rankings so robustly and quickly – I hope you’re inclined to share your story with more people and I wish you amazing success!

          Reply
  13. Edille Rosario
    Edille Rosario says:

    Thank you for this article. I am already using google search console, but find it a little bit complicated for beginners 🙂

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Edille,

      Yes, Google Search Console is a complicated tool that can be intimidating at first. To get used to using it, I started my day by opening Search Console every workday for a year. It helps stretch your brain and slowly learn the ins and outs of the tool.

      Reply
  14. Kemzy
    Kemzy says:

    Nice article you have here. I recently changed my site URL and setup 301 redirect but the new links are not yet indexed.

    Now, after reading this, I will try and implement some of the guidelines here. Thanks for sharing it.

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Adil,

      That’s excellent to hear. Sometimes you may have to submit your site manually – indexing the entire internet is a big job for Google to handle!

      Reply
  15. Financial Samurai
    Financial Samurai says:

    Thanks for the color. I just submitted FinancialSamurai’s sitemap to Google Search Console a week ago and it looks to have indexed 74% of my webpages, but only 23% of my images. (1) Thoughts on why there is such a lag in the images getting indexed?
    I like your 4 days to 4 week rule. I’ll just wait another 3 weeks to swee what’s up. I’ve got an 8.5 year old site that went from HTTP to HTTPS.
    One thing, (2) do you think a sitemap is even necessary nowadays?
    Also, my search traffic did not drop during this waiting to index transition period. (3) Why do you think that is?
    Not sure if you will release my comment, but a day later (8 days since submitting sitemap), 90% of my webpages are indexed.
    Just a datapoint to share.

    Sam

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    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Financial Samurai,

      I’m glad to hear your site is doing so well! I consolidated a few of your comments into one – I apologize if some of the things you wanted to say aren’t on display.

      In answer to your questions:
      1. Just a guess, but I would imagine that it’s more difficult for Google to read and catalog what’s inside images. Read about Google and images in our recent blog post!
      2. I do still think sitemaps are necessary. Until Googlebot has the AI of a human user, I think we’ll need some sort of guidance system for parsing web sites.
      3. Since you transitioned your site, I’m assuming you did it by thinking ahead and keeping your links and URLs intact. If so, Google won’t experience a hiccup in traffic – they’ll just keep indexing your site as if nothing ever happened.

      Anyway, it’s fantastic that you’re finding success using the techniques you’ve learned online. Don’t stop improving your site!

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      • Financial Samurai
        Financial Samurai says:

        Cool, thanks for your response. Will check out the images post you guys wrote.

        I did an URL structure change maybe 5 years ago from date to no date, and then just switched from HTTP to HTTPS within the past 10 days.

        So far so go. I really don’t think I was submitting an updated site map for the past 2 years. So hopefully how that I’ve got a good one submitting constantly, there will be upside in traffic.

        Sam

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  16. Tevin
    Tevin says:

    This is really a useful discussion. However, I am having difficulties with Google Search Console. Can I hire a professional to help me?

    Thanks in advance!

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Tevin,

      Of course you can! It’s part of the SEO package for most digital marketing agencies like ours. When you look to hire a professional, you’ll want to find someone or a team that fits your needs, and the deal has to be a good fit on their side, too. Go in with a list of what you need help with so that your professional or professionals can start formulating a plan for you right away.

      Reply
  17. kaine
    kaine says:

    My question is: if google has already crawled my site, how long it take google to do it again? Or will Google just do it once?

    Let’s say I changed something like title descriptions, tags, meta tags, etc. and I want google to correct/update/upgrade that info.

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Kaine,

      That’s a legitimate question. Googlebot is a complicated thing, but I’d venture to say that it updates Google search results a few times a day. BUT that doesn’t mean that it can update every single indexed website, index new websites and pages, and rerank all websites all at once several times a day. I’d give Googlebot at least a week to pull in your updated information and add it to the search results.

      Reply
  18. Lekan
    Lekan says:

    Hi Eric,
    Such a wonderful post. My blog is new (just bout a month old) but it IS getting some rankings, especially if I search for some keywords present on my blog.
    Do you know why my Rich Cards won’t show up in Search Console? Anytime I add Rich Cards, the structured data numbers improve significantly, but the Rich Cards? They don’t.

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Lekan,

      The rich snippets and similar features that Google offers are hit-and-miss. Even if you provide the necessary structured data to Google, they may still decide not to include that structured data in a search result. They may find that the structured data is not appropriate for the search term or relevant to the search as an idea, which would mean you wouldn’t get the chance to see it. I would recommend continuing to input information for those rich snippets and extras and give Google just a little more time to figure out how to use them.

      Reply
  19. srinivas rjy
    srinivas rjy says:

    My website recently converted from http to https. Now the traffic has dropped and the site not indexed. How can I get my web pages indexed quickly without crawling?

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Unfortunately, you’ll need to have your site crawled by Google. Google actually gives a bit of a ranking boost to sites that use https for security. Most likely, during your site transition, you made major changes to your URL and website structure. Because of that, Googlebot will have to recrawl and reindex all of your content from the very beginning. It’s unfortunate, but it helps keep the internet a safe place to easily find information.

      Reply
  20. Mike
    Mike says:

    Hi I submitted 366 pages in webmaster tools and only 2 urls have been indexed, does that mean that only 2 will ever be indexed or will the rest be indexed over time?

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Mike,

      That’s a lot of pages! Google probably just hasn’t found out exactly what’s on those pages and how to index them yet. It doesn’t mean that only 2 URLs will ever be indexed, but if that doesn’t change over the next few weeks, you might want to start looking into what’s on those pages and what features may cause Googlebot to stop trying to crawl them. In particular, look for very long page load times, excessive advertising space, invasive pop-ups, and javascript that loads before html.

      Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      One thing I want to impress on everyone is the value of the quality over the quantity of the words. I’m glad you asked this question.

      There is absolutely nothing wrong with a post that is 6,500 words long, but it’s useless if those words don’t contain valuable information. Googlebot is looking at so many things when it crawls web pages, including how your words fit together. Make sure that everyone one of those 6,500 words has meaning and purpose, and you should notice a positive effect on SEO.

      Reply
  21. Justice
    Justice says:

    Hello, just a random that’s messing around on the web. When google crawls your site, does it go down? I got an error after (accidentally) asking google to crawl and render my site for desktop (I have no idea what most of this means).

    I get this “might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.”

    with this error code “ERR_SSL_UNRECOGNIZED_NAME_ALERT”

    All was fine and dandy until i clicked the crawl and render button :c

    Reply
    • Eric Ysasi
      Eric Ysasi says:

      Hi Justice,

      That’s interesting – it’s the first case I’ve ever heard of in which that happened. It’s possible that during the fetch, Googlebot topped off your website traffic and stretched your bandwidth to its limit, which could have caused an error. It would be a rare and unlikely thing, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. It looks like your site is up and running again, or at least some version of it is, but I would definitely give the fetch and render a chance to cool off before diving too deep into an error. If you notice the error after an hour or two, it may be time to contact your host or a Google representative, but I wouldn’t worry too much otherwise!

      Reply

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