How to get Google to quickly index your site

Quick Google reindexing

Google crawl the net on a regular basis, visiting each web page and indexing it, or reindexing it, however if you've had a new website designed or made major changes to your existing one, then this can take weeks.

How can you speed up this process?

Firstly, create a Google account (if you've already got a gmail account, that'll be fine).  There are then 4 options you can pursue.

 

Option 1 - Submit URL to Google (One page at a time)

  1. Login to your Google account
  2. Visit https://www.google.com/addurl/

    Submit URL to Google

     
  3. Copy and paste your URL (web address)
  4. Tick "I'm not a robot"
  5. Press "Submit Request"
  6. Normally Google will index new pages within 1 hour.

That's it!  It's extremely simple, however requires you to submit one URL at a time, which unless you have a very small site could take a while.

 

Option 2 - Fetch as Google

Option 2 allows you to ask Google to reindex a page AND every page linked to from that page, therefore is considerably faster.  It also means that Google recrawl the pages, refreshing their cache of them, whereas Option 1 is only to submit pages that aren't already in Google's cache.

In order to Fetch as Google, you need to create a Webmaster Tools account, which lets you do all kinds of things - see Using Google Webmaster Tools.

  1. Login to your Webmaster Tools account at https://www.google.com/webmasters/ and click the site you want to reindex.
  2. Click the Crawl menu on the left, then click 'Fetch as Google'

    Fetch as Google
  3. Either press 'Fetch' to reindex the home page and every page linked to from it, or enter the URL of an internal page, then press 'Fetch'.
    Index web site quickly
  4. Your URL will appear under the original form, press 'Submit to Index'
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  5. Tick "I'm not a robot" and "Crawl this URL and its direct links", then press Go.
    Crawl this URL and its direct links
  6. If your submission was successful, you'll see a message saying "URL and linked pages submitted to index".  Normally Google will reindex all the pages in around 12 - 36 hours.

 

Option 3 - Submit a sitemap to Google

A sitemap is a list of all the web pages on your site and most major CMS systems like Wordpress, Drupal and Joomla have modules that let you create them relatively easily.  If you have a larger site, I would recommend creating a sitemap and submitting that to Google, by following the instructions here - Submit a sitemap to Google.

 

Option 4 - Build quality links to your page

Options 1 to 3 are all about indexing a web page (getting it included in Google's search results).  This is different to optimizing a web page (getting it to rank well and appear high in Google's results).  If you've arrived on this page looking to rank well in Google, check out our website ranking infographic.