How to Get Your WordPress Site Listed on Google? A Step by Step Guide

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Do you want your newly launched WordPress site listed on Google? After all, it is the top search engine which detects and lists every new site that surfaces on the net.

However, if you do not follow the set rules, you may not have your site listed right away. So, it important that you have your site listed by Mighty Google as soon as possible. You must also know that it is the major source of traffic.

In this article, I will show you how to easily get your WordPress site listed on Google.

 

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Why Do You Need to Get Listed?

Do you know that Google is the top search engine that gives traffic and visitors for most websites? Yes it is!

And so, the primary concern for each website owner is to get listed on it and get massive traffic.

If you are looking for a way to start a blog or launch a small business website, then you need to get your site listed on Google the faster the better.

If every serious blogger like YOU learn the best SEO practices first, then there will be no problem for Google to automatically find your website. This may take some time finding out, but surely you will get the hang of it and make your business up and running smoothly.

To get your site listed on search results, Google needs to crawl and index your content. This happens automatically over a period but if you are the owner of a site, go ahead and accelerate the process.

Let’s learn how to get your WordPress site listed on Google for a THUMPING Success.

Below is a video on how you can verify your website using Google Webmaster Tools.

 

 

Listing Your WordPress Site

Firstly, you would need to open a Google Webmaster Tools account also known as Google Search Console. Sign into your Google Account and click the red button to add your website.

The next step is to copy the HTML code tag under the Alternate Methods tab. Then, log into your WordPress Dashboard and go to Appearance as shown below:

 

 

On hitting the Editor, you will come to the header.php. Click that and paste your HTML code just below the <head> and update file.

With that, you have listed your WordPress website on Google. This is phenomenal!

Here are few more steps to check.

Step 1. Check Your WordPress Setting for Search Visibility

Now, after you have confirmed your Webmaster Tools account, make sure that your WordPress site is visible to the search engines and particularly Google. For this you would want to check it by going to Setting > Reading page and scroll down to Search Engine Visibility.

Remove the ‘check mark’ and leave the square box blank so that search engines can crawl your website. Do not forget to click on the Save Changes button to store your settings.

Step 2. Installing All in One SEO or Yoast SEO Plugin

The next step you would do is to install and activate a plugin. Some hosting platforms will auto set AIOSEO. If not, you can get the Yoast SEO Plugin for your website. More plugin’s preferred to make your site a killing domination.

In this example, you will be guided to follow the basic general setting of All in One SEO plugin. Although WordPress provides a SEO friendly setup, there are still many things that you can do to enhance your SEO efforts such as adding meta tags, avoiding duplicate content, generating XML sitemap, etc.

The basic plugin is available for free. Upon activation, the plugin will add an AlOSEO menu item in your WordPress admin menu. From there, you will click the AIOSEO General Setting to configure the plugin settings.

 

 

The most important point on the General Setting is the canonical urls. Specifying a canonical URL for each post makes Google happy signaling you on avoiding duplicate content.

In WordPress installation, a single post gets displayed on several locations like your homepage, author page, category and tag pages. This is the reason why excerpts or summary of each post is recommended. Publishing full articles on all pages creates duplicate content.

Watch this video to see how the plugin is configured.

 

 

Step 3. Homepage Setting

In the Homepage setting section, you can put a title for your homepage. This title can be different from the one you have on your website. Make sure that you make it catchy and use your most important keywords.

On leaving the field blank, All in One SEO will pull up the default website title. Regardless of using the Same or Different title, ensure that you are using the main keywords of your website.

In this example, you will observe that my Homepage title is Your Second Income – 3 Simple Steps for Beginners in Affiliate Marketing.

 

 

In the homepage description field, a brief description of your website is provided, keeping it under 156 characters. Normally, the use of the most important keywords is placed in the description box.

But over emphasizing keywords in the description may be avoided. Just make sure that it is brief, readable and easy to understand.

The description field should not be left blank. If you leave it blank, then All in One SEO will not use them on your homepage. So to get maximum benefits, you must fill the field.

How are you feeling? You are advancing much with the WordPress site lessons. And that’s incredibly awesome! We’ll now dig into the next thing.

Step 4. Title Settings

Title settings allow you to set the default title templates for every page generated by WordPress. This could be your post, main page, archives, tags, or category pages.

 

 

Observe the first option ‘rewrite titles’ which allows All in One SEO Pack to rewrite your titles. It is enabled by default to override any theme settings. You must leave this as it is. Chances are, you may want to change your theme any time you like and so,  themes should not add SEO options.

Step 5. Webmaster Verification

Google provides a verification code on sign up to verify ownership of your website. This is where you will place the code.

If you have not signed up for Google Webmaster Tools and Bing Webmaster Tools, do that now for a satisfactory result. Connecting your site will help these search engines to notice your site and also inform you when there is something wrong with it.

Not only that, this step is a very important factor to determine your SEO efforts which many web owners fail to recognise.

Do not forget that these webmaster tools also provide useful insights about your site and your search engine rankings. Use such information to plan your content strategy and improve your SEO efforts.

There are tons of lessons to be added and much more to be investigated. Such as setting up XML Sitemap and submitting your WordPress site to Google Search Console.

To keep your learning experience simple and exciting, look out for the articles I will be updating.

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20 thoughts on “How to Get Your WordPress Site Listed on Google? A Step by Step Guide

  1. Great information for all new website developers. Following these useful steps will get your site recognized by Google, Bing and Yahoo much faster. If you are a member of Wealthy Affiliate, as I am, you will learn most if not all of these things during the training for premium members.
    Thanks for this very useful information. All newbies should read it.

  2. Wola! That’s nice.

    Thanks for encouraging the new members who love their sites listed by Google and other search engines.

    Yes, all newbies should read this article because only an SEO Optimized site can get proper ranking failing which, those articles written with hardship become like neglected furniture in the house of Mighty Google.

    Cheers!

  3. Thank you for listing these steps to getting my website noticed by Google and the others. I am having a bit of difficulty getting my pages indexed by Google, so I will try out some of these and see where they lead me!
    🙂

    • Very good. You should definitely go ahead doing that. After all, our websites need to be listed by following the correct process of getting recognition by Might Google and getting ranked in it.

      Thanks for your comment and look out for more stuffs in the matter to take your business forward.

      Cheers!

  4. Hey H Phomrong Maring,

    Awesome content with detailed steps to get your WordPress website listed on Google. I find your methods to be very effective and helpful.

    Why wait for Google to find you when you can simply tell Google of your existence right? Keep it up!

    Cheers,
    Eric

    • Thank you for the enlightening comment. I have made the explanation simple keeping it much easy from the beginners’ standpoint.

      If you follow what have been shown, you are definitely on your way to get listed by mighty Google.

      Wishing you a FANTASTIC journey in your marketing endeavors.

      Cheers!

  5. This is an amazing step by step guide for newbies. I wish I found this when I first started my site as it would’ve saved me a headache and a whole lot of time. I’m now a huge fan of the SEO plugin and glad you recommend it because it is a great way to get listed in the search engines, thus leading to traffic! Great article

    • You are definitely right in saying that you should have found this article when you first started.
      Indeed, the guiding step came to its present stage due to the difficulty I had faced like you mentioned.

      And the good news is, it’s going to give good impact for those who are just starting out delving into the SEO area for getting listed and ranked by Google.
      So, spread the good news and SHARE the love.

      Thanks for your comment.
      Cheers!

  6. Loads of great information for anybody coming into the online world. I often wondered why it seemed to take forever for my website posts to get any traction within the search engines. Now I know that I can speed up the process and that there are plugins that can automate the whole process. Thank you for sharing this very helpful article.

    • Yes, you are right in wondering why you didn’t get any traction for your website. Now that you have some good news on rectifying how it can get listed on Google, go ahead step by step and do not rush.

      Optimizing Mighty Google’s SEO is a longer process than one thinks of it. However, if we can implement one after another, rest assured that you are well on your way to a smashing success.

      Share the good news.
      All the best.

  7. This is a great step by step guide! The pictures work really well alongside the explanation.
    A good step on getting listed on Google is also to submit a sitemap; maybe this could be the focus of another article?
    Once you’re listed in Google, I find it helpful to use the ‘fetch as Google’ function whenever you post a new blog, to get it listed quickly. Is this something you do too?

    • Yes, you’re absolutely right about the submission of the sitemap, and that is a must-do process.

      I’ve also informed about it in the last paragraph of the article that I’ll be updating in the next post.

      Thanks for your comment and the added information.

      I look forward to working with you and exchange any other aspect to enhancing website optimization for a smoother ride.

      Wishing you all the best.

  8. I absolutely love the content. I found it very helpful and the step by step instructions along with the pictures made this whole process so much easier. I wish I had seen this article before I set my website up. I will bookmark your site. There are a couple of things I need to fix on my seo plugin. Thank you so much for this amazing information. Keep up with the good work!

    • Thank you for your enlightening comment. You can indeed, go ahead picking up any portion of this article for your application which is why the article has been prepared and posted considering a beginner’s standpoint.

      I’m happy to learn that you’ve bookmarked it for your reference, and that’s simply awesome. You may also look out for my latest updates.

      Wishing you all the best of success and a fun-filled experience in your online journey.
      Cheers!

  9. Hi H Phomrong Maring,

    One of the hardest things I encountered, when I first started blogging, was getting my blog indexed! It really was a nightmare and I keep coming across useless articles and videos that were of no help.

    I see here instructions that I can attest to the validity of! Follow the instructions to the letter and you will achieve the desired out on how to get your WordPress site listed on Google.

    This is an invaluable step by step guide all beginners can apply, and even help refresh for those at it longer, like myself. So thank you very much for that.

    Thank you for the refresher on all of this and even yes sometimes I do forget some steps so I will return here should I need for a new site in the future. Once, I feel is enough, but I do have ambitions on more sites.

    ~Philip.

  10. I can hear and relate that difficult part of the step while starting out as I have also faced the same hardship. And this is the reason why posted this article from a beginner’s standpoint.

    If anyone is just starting out, then it will be very helpful to read this article and save a lot of time.
    So, spread the good news and share the love to your friend circle.

    Thank you so much for your enlightening comment and I wish you good luck and success in your online journey.

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