OMG! I can’t find my blog on Google

Google search magnifying glassUpdated March 17, 2015. If you have a new  WordPress.com blog, then don’t be surprised if you can’t find it on Google or on Yahoo or Bing immediately.  It can take from 4 – 6 weeks  or more to add any new sites, but this post contains tips for expediting the process.

What to do to get your site indexed if you are a wordpress.com blogger.

Be  sure your visibility settings for your blog do allow search spider access, and you know the correct URL for your blog (Tip: no wordpress.com URLs contain “www”).

Allow search engines to index this site – This is the setting used by most blogs. It lets everyone read your blog and allows your blog to be included in search engines and other content sites.

Use  ismyblogworking? to see if what you can’t find has actually has been indexed.  ismyblogworking.com will now double-check if your robots.txt file has a rule that would prevent Googlebot or the other main search engines from indexing your posts. It checks each of the post links listed in your RSS feed against your robots.txt file to confirm that the search bots are allowed to fetch them. If you’ve forgotten to change your Visibility setting to allow search engines, it’ll warn you.

Set up a Google Webmasters account and verify ownership your blog with the big search engines. Note: Even if you do not verify the blog the content will be indexed by search engines so don’t feel panicky about this please.

Note also that WordPress.com automatically supplies sitemaps for our blogs to search engines – we bloggers do nothing.

Is there anything that will expedite the search engine indexing process?

It’s my belief that blogs with posts containing unique content published frequently the catches wide spread attention can definitely  result in quick  indexing by search engines. I also  believe if you can give a “yes” answer to most of the following questions that the process of getting your blog indexed may be expedited.

(1)  Do you publish original content posts frequently? Have you applied basic SEO to your posts, including using appropriate anchor text and backlinking to the posts  in the most authoritative blogs in your niche, and using appropriate and relevant keywords in your post titles, subtitles and in the natural flow of the text?

(2)  Do your headlines (titles) accurately describe the contents in your posts ?

(3)  Do  you understand how to tag and categorize by assigning only relevant tags and/or categories to your posts? The categories and tags you assign to posts are not required for SEO Purposes at all and are both treated the same way by search engines. Search engines are focused on keywords in your content. Their search spiders can detect whether or not the content actually supports the tags and/or categories assigned to a post and report you for tags spamming if it does not. Read Quick blog post tagging tips and Revisiting Keywords and Tags.

(4)  Have you optimized your images?

(5) Have other bloggers backlinked to your posts in their posts?

(6) Have other bloggers chosen to link to your blog in their blogrolls?

(7) Have you encouraged commenting and have your  posts received a number of high quality comments?  Google looks favorably upon posts that have received high quality comments, and the more of them there are the better it is for gaining search engine attention for your blog.

(8)  Have you promoted the posts you have published and established meaningful relationships with other bloggers in your niche?

(9)  Have any of your posts “gone viral“?

(10)  Have you been a guest blogger on sites with a high PageRank and received backlinks to your blog from it?

Is there anything else I can do to attract more traffic to my blog?

It takes time and effort to build a collection of unique content, to promote it, and to attract followers. See these for Staff tips on increasing traffic:

If you want to increase traffic then don’t listen to anyone who professes there are passive ways of doing that. Increasing traffic to a blog is hard work. If you want your blog to rank well in search engine results then that begins with creating and publishing original content posts (not pages) ie. unique content that cannot be found anywhere else on the internet. See How to Identify Your Blog’s Target Audience.

These 5 videos introduce how Google discovers, crawls, indexes your site’s pages, and how Google displays them in search results. It also touches lightly upon challenges webmasters and search engines face, such as duplicate content. See 5 Google Webmasters Tutorials.

If you are using a WordPress.com theme good SEO is a given. However, going beyond the theme what the blogger has done within that structure is worth evaluating. Whether you write informative, persuasive or controversial content learning how search engines work, and how to apply basic SEO to you content will benefit your blog as it will increase traffic from targeted readers.See Two SEO Videos for Bloggers and read also  6 Ways to Make Google Your Blog’s Best Friend and Keyword Power in the Blogging World.

Categories and tags assist on site visitors to locate all posts in the same blog that have been assigned the same category and/or tag. When you assign categories and/or tags that makes your posts discoverable within the WordPress.COM blogging environment.Finding blogs with similar content.

Despite the ubiquitous statements to the opposite effect, auto-posting the same snippets to multple social networks using an app, rather than manual posting unique snippets to different social networks results in fewer people reading your full posts on your site. Read Social Networking Blunders.

Please also note the sticky post at the head of the WordPress.com support forums   titled Getting started in the forums.

Are you looking for feedback on your blog? This could range from the design of the site to the actual content of a post. You can get feedback from our Community Pool:
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/category/community-pool/

Also, if you just want to connect with other bloggers, get inspired, build your brand, and get inside tips from the folks who bring you WordPress.com, take a look at our Blogging University here:
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/blogging-university/

Do you have any ideas you would like to share with new bloggers for gaining search engine attention?

Related posts found in this blog:
How Backlinks Will Make Google Your Blogs Best Friend
Blog strategy: Google sandbox or trustbox?
Natural Linking Strategy for Bloggers
Improving your Google Page Rank

91 thoughts on “OMG! I can’t find my blog on Google

  1. Hello, I was just wondering if you need to be a premium member to make your blog visible for Search Engines to find? Cuz mine isn’t paid for yet, and I don’t seem to have the option to select my visibility…

    • The answer is no. This has nothing to do with any upgrade at all. It takes weeks for search engines to index content in a new blog and/or to re-index content under a new URL. What attracts search engines is unique content the cannot in posts that cannot be found anywhere else on the internet. Start now publishing original content posts frequently two or even three times weekly.

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  3. Oh Dear! I have 64 errors and 6 warnings on HTML W3 which it is suggested I fix but I am way out of my league here. Everything else looks reasonable. Is the HTML important?

      • Thank you for your very reassuring and prompt response. The main thing I am grateful to you for is introducing me to ” broken link management”. You have a knack of cutting through the confusion and explaining things so that they are easy to understand. I always check for broken links now and then deal with them. Thanks for all your other tutorials too. :)

  4. …AND you have another one scouring your site for useful information :D Novice blogroll question: Is the blogroll in the form of the ‘links’ widget? FAR too many things to absorb. I will just keep writing my little poems reckon ;)- but the blogroll thing is interesting as my following gently grows a bit and the amount of wonderful sights I am stumbling on and would recommend grows – would blogroll be the best place to put these sites I prefer and have found helpful? Eg YOURS!! Plus other writing sites etc. Sorry if this question is covered somewhere else or seems obvious :/

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