How to Submit Your Website to Google and Other Search Engines

by Tolovaj

You wrote an article and publish it on the web but nobody visits it. One of the possible reasons is simple - it may not be indexed by search engines yet.

You made a brand new website with original content and tons of useful info. Yet, until it is indexed by bots and spiders, there is no way it could be found through search engines like Google, Bing, Baidu or DuckDuckGo. You can wait for weeks or even months before your articles become properly indexed and ready to be shown to search engine users. Or you can submit the URL of your masterpiece and start getting traffic in a few hours. While there is no 100% way to get into the index, I still compiled 10 ways to improve your chances to become a web superstar within 24 hours or less.

So stop wondering how to submit your website to search engines, here are 10 possibilities to get into the index of Google and others!

1. Submit URL to Google Webmaster Tools and Bing Webmaster Tools

Google killed the option of the public addition of URLs (URL stand for the address of your site or page) in July 2018. You can still submit both through Google Search Console. you need a Google account for that. The same is with Bing.

Both engines will send spiders to see what can you offer and after a while, different kinds of bots will evaluate your content. This typically happens in a few days, but you can be lucky and get into the index in less than an hour.

If you have a website with a nice amount of traffic, everything new will be seen and hopefully visited within minutes.

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2. Use social media sites

Each social media site like Google Plus, Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook has its own rules about internal indexing and some of these prevent bots of search engines from accessing some of the content. Yet, in general, being published, shared or liked on any of these significantly improve the chances of your web page to be indexed by search engines. So, it's good to make a habit of sharing every new content on these sites right after publishing.

If you have a lot of content, you can use one of the so-called syndication sites, where you can make this process automated. Here are three examples, all with free and paid plans:

https://buffer.com/
https://dlvrit.com/
https://hootsuite.com/

Please note: you should have some basic programming skills for their use.

3. Blog Communities

Being a part of a blog community can be time-consuming, but you can help you building your brand, making new connections and - to index freshly published articles.

Here are two examples with free plans:

https://www.blogcatalog.com/
http://www.bizsugar.com/ (sorry, this link can't be made clickable for some reason).

 

4. Ping it!

Pinging your URL is one of the oldest and most abused ways for accelerating the process of indexing new content. It may not be as efficient as it was a decade ago, but it still works! Three of the numerous free services which you can use are Autopinger, Pingomatic, and Pingler.

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5. Use RSS Directories

RSS Directories are another way to expose freshly written content to search spiders who are still checking the activity of these slightly outdated sites. First, you need to create an RSS feed of your site, what can be done, for instance, by http://fetchrss.com/ and then submit it to one of RSS directories like FeedListing, Feedburner or RSS-Network.

You'll probably need some aditional knowledge to use RSS feed too.

6. Use a bookmarking site

Bookmarking sites are widely used across the globe and have huge traffic. Having your site bookmarked in one of these may help to index it. The reason is simple. Bookmarking sites have so huge traffic, search spiders always check with them to find something new and interesting. If your bookmark brings you additional traffic, even better.

Most popular bookmarking sites are:

Digg, Delicious, Folkd, Scoop.it, ...

Do you submit your websites to search engines?

7. Site Valuation & Stats Sites

If you are pushed for time (and who isn't), you can still invest a few second and submit the URL of your new site to one of the so-called stat sites, where you can discover more or less accurate data relating to your web properties and improve the chances of getting indexed. Here are some of the examples:

AboutTheDomain, BuiltWith, CubeStat, QuarkBase, StatBrain, URLfan, WhoIs, ...

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8. Social News Aggregation

Much more time consuming are sites where people of similar interest meet each other to share, read, evaluate and comment on news and all kinds of information from all over the world. Domino, Instapaper,  Reddit, and Redgage are typical examples of such sites, where you can just submit your link and hope for the best or actively promote it and maybe build initial traffic to your fresh content helping to gain its position in search engine's indexes as fast and high as possible.

9. Forums

Forums are another way of promoting a new URL. If you manage to start a debate about the content or answer to a question of other forum members, such addition may give you a powerful backlink, even if it's a no-follow, as well. Especially if you used a specialized forum with high reputation in the eyes of the search engines.

In my opinion, Wizzley members don't use their own forum enough.

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10. Sites with a lot of traffic

All sites with a lot of traffic typically get non-stop attention of search bots and spiders. Every new URL gets indexed within minutes and if your article offers content in high demand, you'll instantly get traffic from Google, Bing, Yahoo and other players in this field. Now defunct Squidoo was a lovely example of such site with tons of internal and external buzzing. HubPages is its successor, but any website with a lot of activity can help.

Updated: 09/04/2018, Tolovaj
 
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Tolovaj on 09/06/2018

Thanks, blackspanielgallery, for stopping by. It's one of important, yet often neglected parts of publishing for the web indeed.

Tolovaj on 09/06/2018

Hi, Mira! You can't submit pages through Google Search Engine. You can do that through Google Plus (bots are in most cases very interested at links published there, especially if you posts in G+ is republished, liked, commented, etc. Or you can do that through Google Webmaster Tools, but you need to prove you own the site (by inserting a small html code - you will get directions in GWT). As I understand you have already managed to index those posts, right?

blackspanielgallery on 09/05/2018

This is an area I really need to know more. I will check some of the possibilities you mentioned.

Mira on 09/05/2018

Hi Tolovaj, this article is great! I've actually been meaning to ask you about this very topic, as I've tried to submit two of my Wizzley articles to Google and simply couldn't find a way around that Search Console. And, of course, I was looking for the option of adding a URL and couldn't find it. Now I know why. In the end, I submitted my pages through addme.com (to Google and 20 small search engines) and addurlfree.com (to Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo, manually). But where exactly in Google Search Engine can I submit a page??

Tolovaj on 09/04/2018

Thank you, Veronica for stopping by. I agree, social media can be a helpful part of SEO strategy. Just don't spend too much energy on it, because it can be too time consuming:)

Veronica on 09/04/2018

Very interesting and helpful. I like the idea of using social media to promote the site as I don't have social media accounts . Ty

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