How Long Does It Take for a Website to Show Up on Google?

When you publish a website, you expect it to show up instantly on Google, right? Well, that sometimes doesn’t happen – after all, Google isn’t magical (though it may seem like it) and it won’t immediately know a new website exists. So, how long does it take for a website to show up on Google? 

When Will My Website Appear on Google?

On average, it can take anywhere from 4 days to 4 weeks for your site to be properly indexed on Google. Why? Well, Google indexes your website, which allows all of your indexed pages to be found by other search engines (and its own algorithm). After that, Google will crawl your website to make sure it is secure, safe, and to figure out where to put it in relation to search queries.

If you want your website to show up on the first page of Google, then you’ll need to put in a little work and have a lot of patience. But we’ll get to that a little later. First, you’ll need to understand a few factors that go into where your website is on Google. 

How Do I Get My Website Indexed Faster? 

Unfortunately, there is really nothing you can do to get Google to go any faster. However, some marketers believe that doing the following things will increase your chances of getting your website indexed within a week. You can:

  1. Submit your Sitemap to Google Search Console 
  2. Submit your link directly to search engines.
  3. Link to the page from an older, already ranking/existing website.
  4. Create a blog and publish regularly
  5. Distribute your content on industry forums or communities.
  6. Write a press release with links toward your website/page.
  7. Share your content on social media. 

These do not guarantee faster indexing, but they will help you get your website placed higher on Google. 

My Site is Indexed. Why isn’t it on the First Page? 

Congrats on Google finishing its index! That means you’re live and ready to be found on Google. Unfortunately, your website will not immediately be on the first page – usually, it will be far from it! It’s common for a new website to be as far back and hidden on Google as possible, even if you’re searching for your website’s name.

Why is that? Well, it all has to do with site authority and SEO (search engine optimization). 

There’s really no set timetable for how quickly your new page will be indexed by Google or how high it will climb, but there are things you can do to increase your chances of getting your website on a more desirable page. 

Google ranking is reliant on a multitude of factors, including the age of your site domain as well as the site authority your current website and/or content has.

Your site authority is highly affected by:

  • The amount of inbound links pointing toward your website
  • The authority of such inbound links (In other words, the influence and online impact of the site that linked to you. If Forbes links to you, for instance, it accounts for much more than if a local agency did the same.)
  • The amount of website traffic you’re currently generating

In simple terms, to get to Google’s coveted first page, your website needs to be older than a few months, have a lot of quality content, rank for relevant keywords, bring in a decent amount of traffic, and have a robust link structure – both on and off your site. 

How Do I Get on Google’s First Page? 

There isn’t a secret method to get on Google’s first page. You’ll need a lot of time, a lot of high-quality content, and a lot of offsite SEO to get there. However, you can get started with a strong foundation by following the steps outlined in this blog

You can also “cheat” the system a little bit. You can get on Google’s first page by building a free Google My Business account. If someone searches for your business or for something in your industry, there is a high chance that your business or website will appear! However, these have to be meticulously filled out with accurate information, have a decent number of high reviews, and should be updated with blogs and photos about every two weeks. This can help boost your website’s traffic, which will help your website rank higher in the long-term! 

Finally, just remember that getting on Google in any capacity takes some time. Don’t be shocked or alarmed if you can’t find your website within a week of publishing it. Just give it time and keep your head up – you’ll get there! 

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