The Google webmasters folks have put up a good video giving us information on the right way to get a brand new site indexed on Google. According to Google, here are the steps you have to go through to ensure a brand new site is getting indexed on Google.
- Submit to Google at www.google.com/addurl.html
- Acquire relevant links from other sites that are already established
- Submit an XML sitemap
- Use a robots.txt or noindex meta tags to exclude pages from being indexed by Google.
And here’s my two cents to explain this in detail.
- Submitting to Google through www.google.com/addurl.html
Although this is technically, the best way to get indexed by Google, there are possible problems here. First off, if you are submitting a relatively unknown website, it might take ages to get indexed on Google this way, as Google does all the “calculations” before evaluating your submitted site. A better method is to acquire an incoming link from an already established website. Doing so, Google can probably bypass/shorten the “evaluation” process and get straight to indexing your website. I have a detail article on this here.
Brand new website with few content or many pages, it is always good to submit a sitemap to Google. We are not talking about HTML sitemaps here, those are for users, but XML sitemaps are what the bots need.
Sitemaps helps the bots to index the content faster and more efficiently.
Details on creating a XML sitemap for small and large websites.
- Using the robots exclusion protocol
I think it’s equally important to keep Google away from indexing the wrong pages. Pages that are under construction, or pages that have broken links with unfinished data. In order to make sure that Google indexes only relevant information from your website, make sure you give the directions to the bots to keep away from the wrong pages. You can do this by using a Robots.txt or Nofollow Meta tags.