OMG! I can’t find my blog on Google

Google search magnifying glassIf you have a new blog, whether you are blogging on WordPress.com software , 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 ten tips for expediting the process.

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

(1) 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”).

I would like my blog to be visible to everyone, including search engines (like Google, Sphere, Technorati) and archivers – 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.

(2)  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.

(3) 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.

(4)  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?

Refer to: 5 Google Webmasters Video Tutorials and Two SEO Videos for Bloggers

(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?

(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?

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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