Why Isn't My Website on Google Yet?
Got a new website? Why isn't it on Google already?
in Support Articles by Paul
A frequently asked question for new websites. It can sometimes take up to 3 weeks to get your new website noticed because we all have to wait for Google to catch up, so, here's a quick explanation for new website owners of why it can sometimes seem like ages.
Google has something called "Googlebot". It's a software system that runs 24/7, and all it does is pretend to be an extremely busy person visiting every web page on every website in the world. It follows the links on each page to discover new pages, and it analyses the text and hidden content on those pages which is then used to decide where your website should end up in the results.
That's why posting a link to your website will get it listed in the results (somewhere at least!). Googlebot stumbles across the link to your website and follows it, and all the other links on your website, to index the entire website.
And that's why it can take time - we all have to wait for Googlebot to get around to vising your website. Somebody like me finds things like Googlebot fascinating, if you want to be geeky like me you can learn more about Googlebot here.
So, when a brand new website first goes 'live', nobody knows it exists, including Google. We need to find a way to make sure Google knows about it, and sharpish! Fortunately there are several ways and means all of which are pretty straightforward.
GETTING YOUR SITE LISTED
1. Posting A Link
Probably the simplest and quickest way of getting Google to notice your new website is to post a link to it on a website that you know is already in the Google listings â€“ like FaceBook! So you could create a post on FaceBook and include a link to your website. Make sure the post is public and not just visible to your friends!
2. Submitting The URL
Google has a page that lets you tell them about your new website. If you go here you can enter your URL (the address to your website). There's no guarantee on timescales with this, they'll get round to it when they get round to it, but generally speaking it can take up to 3 weeks.
3. Webmaster Tools
By far the best way of managing your website's relationship with Google is by signing up to Webmaster Tools. You do have a Google account don't you? If you don't now's the time to get one, and an Analytics account too. You can link them together and get all the information you'll ever need about your websites' performance.