Most Effective Way to Submit your Site to Google, Yahoo and Bing
There are numerous ways to submit your site to get indexed by Google and the other search engines.
How Google and Bing Webmaster Speed up the Process
After creating a new website or posting a new blog entry, you normally have to wait a while – days, weeks or even months – for Google and the other search engines to crawl and index your website or newly posted blog article.
One way to get indexed is to set your website’s XML sitemap to submit your site to Google / Bing whenever you have new content.
But you can shorten the process by using your Google and Bing Webmaster accounts to simply tell the search engines to immediately crawl and index your new site or new article.
To do this, you must have Google and Bing Webmaster accounts already set up.
Creating your Google and Bing Webmaster Accounts
If you don’t currently have a Webmaster account for Google or Bing, you can create them via the above links.
After creating a new account, you can add as many websites for monitoring and management.
However, Google and Bing will first need you to validate website ownership for each website.
Verifying Website Ownership with Google
Submitting Your Site to Google via Webmaster
To immediately submit your site to Google or to request an immediate crawl and indexing of a new blog posting, all you have to do is copy and paste your link as described below:
- Click on the “Fetch as Google” link on the left of your Google Webmaster Tools account.
- Add the new URL as shown below. Do not include your main domain name, as Google already has that built into your Webmaster account.
Just add the section of the URL that comes after your domain name and click fetch.
If you need to submit your domain / homepage, just leave the URL blank and click fetch.
- After clicking fetch, Google crawls your website (in real time) and responds back that it has completed its fetch.
Once that happens, click on “Submit to index”.
- After clicking on “Submit to index”, Google proceeds to index the blog page.
Note that Google does not guarantee to index all pages submitted to it.
Since using Google Webmaster over a year ago, however, we have yet to see a situation where the Googlebot refused to index any of our pages.
Submitting to Bing’s Webmaster (indexes for Bing and Yahoo!)
Note that the URL previously used to submit your site to Yahoo! has been retired, as Bing and Yahoo! have entered into a partnership in which Bing manages the indexing for Yahoo!
To immediately submit your URL to Bing Webmaster or to request an immediate crawl / indexing of a new blog posting, click on the “Submit URLs” button on the left of your Bing Webmaster account.
Unlike Google, which allows you to submit and index 500 URLs a month, Bing only allows you to submit 50 URLs per month (and only 10 URLs per day).
To submit a link, just copy and paste the full link onto the box and hit submit.
Resubmitting an Old URL to Google, Yahoo or Bing
With Google Webmaster, you can resubmit the same link more than once.
This can be highly essential, as over time you may need to make updates to your content and need Google to re-index the page and capture the new updates.
Bing, unfortunately, does not allow you to resubmit an old link.