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)
- Login to your Google account
- Visit https://www.google.com/addurl/
- Copy and paste your URL (web address)
- Tick "I'm not a robot"
- Press "Submit Request"
- 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.
- Login to your Webmaster Tools account at https://www.google.com/webmasters/ and click the site you want to reindex.
- Click the Crawl menu on the left, then click 'Fetch as Google'
- 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'.
- Your URL will appear under the original form, press 'Submit to Index'
- Tick "I'm not a robot" and "Crawl this URL and its direct links", then press Go.
- 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
If you have more high quality links going to your site, particularly from other relevant blogs, news sites, etc. then your domain's authority will increase and this means that the Google bot will crawl your site on a more regular basis, so they will notice changes sooner and index new pages more quickly.
Options 1 to 3 are all about indexing a web page (getting it included in Google's search results). Building quality links to your site will also help it to rank well and appear high in Google's results. In addition to links, other ways to rank well are to:
- Include 1 or 2 important keywords once in the Meta Title, Meta Description, URL and h1 title of the page you want to rank for.
- Write Metatags that entice people to click to visit your page (this improves the click through rate, which will mean your site will gradually rise in the rankings).
- Create a site with an attractive design and valuable content (the longer people remain on the site, the better it will rank with Google too).
For more information on how to rank well with Google, check out our website ranking infographic.