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How to submit a website to Google for indexing

Yesterday I got an email from Google Search Console that I’d never gotten before; it told me that a few pages on my site were not being indexed by GSC. Initiate “how to submit website to google for indexing” as a Google search.

When I opened the report, it noted the error as “Excluded by ‘noindex’ tag,” which was interesting, because just about everything on my WordPress site is indexed, save for category and tag pages.

That report also showed that four of the nine posts I published in the site’s first month were discovered, but not indexed. You can see that below.

I suspect that has something to do with changing SEO plugins; I originally launched the site using AIOSEO, but after reading a bit more and giving a test run to Rank Math, I switched over. Rank Math has a simple tool to automatically submit to GSC, which I tried on these four articles yesterday to no avail.

How to submit URLs to Google for indexing

Today, the same four posts showed up in that report, so I went about things the old fashioned way to submit individual URLs to Google. It’s pretty easy.

  1. Open URL inspector
  2. Plug in the URL to the entry field up top
  3. Hit enter
  4. If the URL isn’t indexed, click “Request indexing”

You then get a popup that says, “Testing if live URL can be indexed” and “This may take a minute or two.” It took about a minute for this URL, at which point a new popup says, “Indexing requested. URL was added to a priority crawl queue. Submitting a page multiple times will not change its queue position or priority. Learn more.”

I did this for all four posts from the site, so I’m interested to see what impact that has on indexing. I’ve mostly relied on automated tools to index for me, and have only ever really had to submit manually to GSC at previous roles because we were trying to get a frequently updated article on a hyper-competitive Black Friday term re-crawled the week of Black Friday.

In this case, I already have evidence that my posts are being indexed and ranking on Google. Two of my posts are ranking for multiple keywords — even if they’re not ranking highly.

Semrush screenshot of Remotely Spanish SERP rankings after one month of publishing.

Even without any promotion whatsoever (aside from backlinks via this page), I’ve gotten into the top 50 for multiple keywords. That’s also despite the May 2024 core update wreaking havoc on lots of established sites.

Anyway, it’s interesting to see how each little piece of backend tech affects even a small site like this. I plan to keep publishing, and once I’ve got enough of a library, to then start promotion to build the site further. It should be interesting!

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