Help Your Page Get Indexed by Search Engines
Edited by Olivia, Anonymous, Eng, Robbi and 3 others
Have you ever wondered if the articles you are writing and posting online are seen by people who do not know you? Is there a way of checking to see it if it has been showing up on the query results of search engines? Do you have to search its title to have it indexed? Do you have to build links to it? Read on and find out how.
If you've written quite a lot of articles and were just wondering why your friends haven't heard about them, then maybe it's time that you look and see if the search engines have indexed your page.
In order to understand how search engines like Yahoo, Google, and Bing index pages, you should know what the qualities that the search engines look for before they bring out your page as a result from queries are.
When you type a keyword or set of keywords in the search bar, the search engine will look for the most relevant answer to your query. Typing the word you're searching for in the search bar is like ordering in a restaurant. You don't want to get a fish when you ordered a steak, right? For instance, if you are looking for steak restaurants in New York, it will give you the most relevant answer to your search, and say you did an article on a steak restaurant at the same locale. Yes, it will show steak restaurants in New York, but it does not necessarily mean that the article you wrote on the topic will show.
How do you achieve relevance?
Let's say you want to create great article for taking care of monkeys. By all means, your article should be how to take care of monkeys and not rabbits, birds, etc. It should offer relevant content and focus on the subject. Your article may come up on the page result because of its direct relevance to the title against the search. But eventually, search engines will not show your page as relevant anymore if there is no satisfactory content.
It is also important that your content has a format. Compare your article to a movie. If there is no plot of the story and the movie goes round and round, the moviegoer will eventually leave unsatisfied and might warn others against watching it. This is the same with the content you write. If the search engines have indexed it, the users will still be the deciding factor if they will see and visit your page or not. That decision is entirely dependent on what they found out on their first visit and how they felt.
Your images should also show what you're trying to talk about. If you're talking about monkeys, then your page should show monkeys, right? If it doesn't then chances are, your audience will not stay long on your page.
In addition, they might not even look at the page anymore if they see it's from your site because of their previous experience. Unless you are promoting a site of experimental results of breeding or unlikely animal features, your image should jive with your content and vice versa. It's like going to the movies. If the poster says, it stars Liam Neeson, then it should show Liam Neeson and not Liam Hemsworth.
When you see and read a very interesting article, what do you normally do? You share it with friends, you tweet about it, or you post it to your social network page. When this happens, more and more people will go and visit the page, find it useful and share it again. It's like going to a movie, enjoying it and recommending it to friends. You will likely see or buy something recommended by a friend rather than something recommended by advertisements alone.
The more shares, the more visits, and the more popular your page becomes. Then, the more that search engines will see it as valuable to the related search query. As such, popularity, as well as authority, increases.
How to check if your page has been indexed by search engines?
In the search bar, type site then add a colon. You can either type the VisiHow or directly look for your page to see if it has been indexed. Please refer to the image below:
If no result was generated containing the link of your page, then it is not yet indexed. If you have addressed the first three categories above, then leave it up to the VisiHow webmasters to do their thing so that search engines will see your page.
The bottom line here is, your page should be deemed useful and informative for the search engines to index and show it as relevant to typed user queries. The user will then visit it and if they find it great, will automatically share it. Only then will your page gain popularity and authority.
Tips & Tricks
- The site which you've created needs to be swift and concise. A bloated ship is one that won't be able to ride the wave of traffic. Make your website fast to load and easy to navigate and it will also achieve that note of approval from Google.
- Webmasters usually take care of the html tags and meta tags that need to be in the unseen portion of the page. This part is for the bots and search engines. What an article writer requires is basically discussed above. With VisiHow, the rest will be taken care of by the VisiHow webmasters and admins.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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