Indexing and its relationship to search engine optimization
When you own a website or online store, your need is great to ensure that the website pages can be indexed in search engines such as Google, which is one of the most important engines that people use to find the various information they need.
Therefore, today I present to you a guide about indexing and its importance, in addition to clarifying the following:
- How to check if your page is indexed.
- How to index or archive your site in the Google search engine.
- When are your website pages removed from search engines?
- The time it takes search engines to discover and archive pages.
What is the basis for the appearance of the site in search engines?
The appearance of a website in search engines depends on three elements: “crawling, indexing, and ranking.”
Search spiders or “Googlebot” crawl your website to see if your site is worth indexing or not.
They always crawl the pages of the website to learn about them, and follow the links within those pages until they find new content.
After search spiders crawl to discover the pages of the site and measure their importance, these spiders begin to index until you add your site to the database of search engines, or what is known as the index in the search engine Google.
After the site appears in the search engines, we find that it obtains a ranking in one of the SERP pages, and since obtaining this ranking, the person responsible for improving the site begins to pay attention to improving its ranking in the search results, which is an important step.
Where the content of your site appears in the index of search engines to the user SERP based on several factors…
Such as (ease of use, suitability of the site to all devices, speed of site response, presence of valuable content) and other points that make Google prefer your site and improve its ranking in the SERP search results pages.
but What is the detailed concept of indexing??
Indexing refers to search spiders discovering the pages of your site, and then starting to measure the quality of these pages until they appear in the results of searches.
This means that indexing is storing the site in Google’s databases and does not mean that the site appears in the first results of the SERPs.
If Google does not index your website, your website pages will not appear in search engine results.
Why is website indexing important?
Site indexing is an important factor to improve rankings and bring in more traffic, and websites that are not indexed are not in Google’s database. Thus a search engine cannot render these websites in search engine results pages (SERPs).
How is website indexing done?
Whether you own a website, a store, or do online marketing, you need to know how to archive or index your site efficiently and quickly. Here’s how to do it:
Optimize Your Site’s Robots.txt File
Robots.txt files are files that search spiders or Googlebot recognize as an indicator for crawling your website pages, thus serving as a catalyst for archiving your pages in search results pages.
Ensure the integrity of all SEO tags of your site
SEO tags are another way to direct search engine spiders like Googlebot to your site’s pages.
There are also two main types of SEO tags that you should improve, which are (Rogue no index tags and Canonical tags).
First the Rogue no index tags:
The (no index) tags are what tell search engines not to index the pages you are in, so if certain pages are not indexed, you should know that they contain (no index) tags.
These signs can also be checked in two ways:
- Meta tags:
You can check which pages on your site have no index meta tags by looking for the “no index page” warnings.
If a page is placed no index, remove the meta tag so that it is indexed again.
- The X-Robots-Tag:
In this case you can use Google Search Console to find out which pages have X-Robots-Tag in their HTML code.
- By using the URL Inspection tool at the top of your site on Webmaster Tools.
- Put the page link and press Enter.
- After entering the page, find the answer to the question “Is indexing allowed?”.
If you see the words ‘No: ‘noindex’ detected in the http ‘X-Robots-Tag’ code, you should know that there is an X-Robots-Tag that needs to be removed in order to archive this page.
Second, the canonical tags:
Canonical tags are the tags that crawlers recognize. If a specific page is preferred that does not have a canonical tag, the Googlebot spiders recognize it as the preferred page and the only version of that page and index it.
But if the page contains a canonical tag, the Googlebot crawl spiders assume that there is an alternate preferred version of that page and will not index that page.
So if you want to check, you can use the Google Search Console URL Inspection tool to check the canonical tags, but in this case you will see a warning that says “Alternate page with canonical tag.”
Ensure the structure of your site’s internal links
Internal linking helps crawlers discover your pages, and pages that are not internally linked are known as “poor pages” and are rarely indexed.
The link structure of your site is also checked, as the appropriate site structure ensures speed in archiving, and checking the validity of the internal link and the mechanism of the sitemap is essential, as the XML sitemap identifies all the content on your website, allowing you to identify the unlinked pages.
You can also link internally between pages in the following ways:
- Add internal links related to the topic of the page.
- Target internal linking on high-ranking pages with new pages.
Focus on writing high quality content
One of the most important things that can help sites with archiving and classification is high-quality content. You can ensure that your site’s content is of high quality, and that low-quality, low-value pages are updated.
This is because search spiders or Googlebots focus on the most valuable pages on your website, so the content must be unique and of high value to the user.
How long does it take Google to index a site?
It may take Google a few days or a few weeks to index the site, but don’t be discouraged. There are steps you can take for more efficient indexing.
The easiest way to index sites in Google is to request indexing through Google Search Console…
To do this, do the following:
- Go to the Google Search Console URL Inspection Tool.
- Paste the URL you want to archive into the search bar.
- Wait for Google to verify the URL.
- If the URL is not indexed, click on the Request Indexing button.
How do you check if a site is indexed?
Adding your site to the Google search engine is easy and you can check the indexing as follows:
- Go to the Google search engine.
- In the Google search bar, type “site:domain.com.”
- When you look at the bottom of the search bar, you will see Google results pages of “All”, “Images”, “News”, etc.
- Just below these items you will see an estimated number of site pages that Google has indexed, if no results appear, the page will not be indexed.
Check Amazon Pages:
- write (site:https://www.amazon.com) in the Google search engine.
- You will then be shown in the search result all the pages of Amazon.
When are web pages removed from search engine indexes?
Your site pages may be removed from the index of search engines for several reasons such as:
If search spiders detect a link to a particular page with a “Not Found” or (404) error, or pages that are not responding due to server errors or 5XX errors.
2- Add the No index tag
When adding a tag or the No index Tag sometimes can harm the site, especially if this tag was previously visited by the site and is already archived in Google, when you tell the search engine to ignore this page and not index it, it will already be removed from search engines.
3- Exposure to Google sanctions
If there is a deviation from the custom criteria from SEO, your website or the offending page on your site will be penalized and removed from the search engine index.
4- Block search spiders from accessing a specific page
If the search spiders are unable to reach a specific page, such as pages that ask for password or pages of order filling, they will ignore it and remove it from search engines.
With this, I have finished my conversation with you about archiving or indexing and its relationship to search engine optimization, and you can also learn the answers to many questions related to search engine optimization.
And if you have a website and want to improve its archiving in search engines to double its visit, contact us.