Tuesday, 1 October 2013

What is Indexing?

Google search bot
You have a brand new website, but you’re asking yourself, “Why can’t I find it?” Before your website can rank, search engines need to know that your website exists. For the purpose of this blog, when talking about search engines I’m going to say Google because it is the most widely used search engine.

The web is growing at a rapid rate. In fact www.worldwidewebsize.com claims that today on Tuesday 1 October 2013 when this blog was written, the indexed web contains at least 4.32 billion pages. Pretty amazing, really, when you think that you can enter a search request and within the blink of an eye you are presented with the most relevant web pages.

Therefore, you have to let Google know that you’re there. This process is called getting indexed. So what does this involve? 

Google uses software which is typically referred to as a spider, crawler or bot. These spiders crawl through your website and store a list of keywords found. Google is then able to build an internal index. It’s important to note that Google wants to index and rank everything, therefore it ranks web pages not websites.

With this in mind you need to ensure that you have quality content throughout your website, not just your home page. You need to make each page count. As spiders are crawling through your website, they are also looking for page titles, meta tags, headings and internal links. (On-page search engine optimisation is a topic we covered in an earlier blog.)

Like everything else in life, your page rank must be earned. Take the time to invest in producing quality, relevant content.  Another important factor to consider is that as Google is constantly looking for new content, it’s worth keeping your website up to date. Add new pages often, and if you have a blog or social media pages, keep these up to date too and make sure that they link back to your website as well.

Having a website built is an essential item on your business checklist but, once it’s built, don’t forget about it. Think of your website as a living thing. Do you have some exciting news, such as an award or industry recognition? Are you selling a new product, or have perhaps stopped stocking another? Does your business have a newsletter, and are you updating it on your site regularly?

Your business doesn’t stop growing and neither should your website. Don’t make the mistake of creating a website and then forgetting about it.

Written by +Denise Angus

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