In this step-by-step guide, you will learn how to submit your website URL to Google and Bing. You will also discover the quick ways to submit your site to the search engines without signing in.
Are you tired of not seeing your website listed on Google?
You’ve learned how to launch a blog. You ‘ve installed all the necessary WordPress SEO plugins…
but your site is still not showing up on Google?
It comes down to not doing the basics right. That is:
- Manually submitting your website to search engines (Google and Bing).
- Making your site accessible to and be indexable by search engines.
The trick is that you can list your site on Google.
Make it show up on the search engine results pages by following a few steps.
And the good news:
There are tools you can use to accomplish these tasks. These tools are made by the search engines and are available for free.
And today I will show you how to submit your website URL to Google (and Bing as a bonus).
Here’s what you will learn
- How Google works and why it’s important to submit your site.
- The quickest way to submit your site to Google.
- How to submit your website URL to Google using Google Search Console.
- The two ways to submit your site to Bing.
- How Google Works (and Why it matters to submit your URL)
- Here’s Why It Matters to Submit your Website URL to Google?
- How to Submit Your Website URL to Google – A Step-by-Step Guide.
- The Quickest Way to Submit your URL to Google
- Submit Your Website URL via Google Search Console
- BONUS Section: How to Submit Your Website URL to Bing.
- Method #1: Submitting Your Website URL via Bing Web form.
- Method #2: Submitting Your Website URL via Bing Webmaster Tools.
- Final Word
How Google Works (and Why it matters to submit your URL)
So how does Google work?
Google, as explained in this page, uses spiders (Google’s web crawling bot) to crawl billions of pages on the internet. These spiders crawl the web to find new, updated pages and add them to the search engine’s index.
The process these spiders follow is this:
It begins with a list of web page URLs, generated from previous crawl processes and augmented with Sitemap data provided by webmasters. As Googlebot visits each of these websites, it detects links (SRC and HREF) on each page and adds them to its list of pages to crawl. New sites, changes to existing sites, and dead links are noted and used to update the Google index.
The Googlebot uses an algorithm– computer programs that choose which sites to crawl, how many times, and how many pages to fetch from each website.
If your site page is favourable to the Googlebot’s algorithm, it will then be listed in the SERPs based on the 200+ Google ranking factors.
Here’s Why It Matters to Submit your Website URL to Google?
The simple answer:
To make it easy and fast for the Google and Bing spiders to crawl and index your site.
The search engine bots follow links to discover web-content.
By submitting your website URL (and sitemap) to Google and Bing, you provide search engine spiders with a map they can follow to find and index your site.
The webmaster tools from the search engines will empower you to:
- Let you know of your site crawl errors,
- Submit or remove content you don’t want to show in the search results,
- Resolve spam and malware issues that have affected your website,
- Summarize pages crawled, pages indexed, search keywords related to those keywords and inbound links,
- Generate reports on your site performance on search engine,
- Report on how mobile friendly is your website and more.
With this approach, you are in total control of your website relationship with the search engines. You don’t rely on unpredictable Google and Bing timeframes to crawl and index your website
How to Submit Your Website URL to Google – A Step-by-Step Guide.
Now you understand the importance of submitting your site URL to Google and Bing. Now let’s explore the how.
In the following sections, I will show you in a step-by-step format:
- The two ways to submit your website to Google – the quick way and the Google Search Console way.
- The two methods you can use to submit your website URL to Bing – via Bing web-form or Bing Webmaster tools.
Let’s get started.
The Quickest Way to Submit your URL to Google
Getting your blog to show up on Google isn’t as hard as you think.
Google recently launched a new method that lets you submit your URLs to their index from their search results page.
Type submit URL to Google on the search bar and click submit.
Google will then display a box at the top of the search results where you can submit your website URL to Google’s index.
On the box, enter the URL you want to submit for indexing and click SUBMIT.
Upon submitting your website URL, you should get a response stating that…
Page submitted to Google Search.
Beneath the response, there is also a message that advises you to use Search Console to monitor your site search traffic.
With this tool, you can submit any URL to the Google index.
Google will then decide whether to index your site or not.
Remember: there are no guarantees that Google will index your website URL and show it in the SERPs.
Submit Your Website URL via Google Search Console
Another way of submitting your site URL to Google is via a tool called Google Search Console.
Google search console is a…
free service offered by Google that helps you monitor and maintain your site’s presence in Google Search results. You don’t have to sign up for Search Console for your site to be included in Google’s search results, but doing so can help you understand how Google views your site and optimize its performance in search results. Source
Google Search Console is my favourite tool for submitting a website URL.
It simple. And It gives you control.
You won’t be left in the dark after submitting your site. The tool provides you with recommendations on how to improve your website search rankings.
So how do you get started?
Step #1: Log into Google Search Console
Login using your Google account.
Once you’ve logged in, look for a red ADD A PROPERTY button on your right.
Click ADD A PROPERTY. You’ll then see a pop-up form where you will enter your website URL.
After entering your URL (including HTTP or HTTPS), click ADD.
Step #2: Verify your domain ownership
When submitting your website URL via the console, Google will need you to verify if you own the domain.
There are five ways to verify your domain.
But in this section, I will only cover in details the ones I find it easier to execute.
1.) HTML File Upload– This method involves downloading an HTML file from Google. You then upload the file to the server where your website is hosted(on the public_html folder)
You can do this using an FTP Client such as FileZilla (FileZilla is available for free) or File Manager provided by your hosting provider.
2.) HTML tag method– With this method, you copy the HTML tag (as highlighted below) and paste it into the header section of your website.
If you’re a beginner, you might find this challenging.
But here is a simpler way:
Download and install the Yoast SEO plugin.
Activate the Yoast plugin. On the left menu, click the DASHBOARD menu link under SEO.
Then enter the code provided by Google under the WEBMASTER TOOLStab (as shown below).
And that’s it.
Once you’ve applied one of the two methods above, you should get a confirmation that your domain has been verified.
Other verification methods
These are the other three verification methods you can use. They can be a little tricky.
So I don’t recommend using them if you’re a beginner.
Domain name provider
Using Google Analytics to track your site’s traffic? Then you can use Google Analytics tracking code associated with the site to verify it.
- Put the tracking code from Google Analytics in the header section of your website. Because If you don’t, verification will fail.
- The code should be as provided.
Your tracking code must use the new asynchronous snippet.
Google Tag Manager
Have a Google Tag Manager account? You can verify ownership of a site using your Google Tag Manager container snippet code.
To learn more about site verification, check out this article on verifying your site ownership.
Step #3: Add your Website XML Sitemap
You’ve submitted your site URL to Google. You proved that you own the domain.
But it doesn’t stop there. You need to welcome and direct Google to your website!
So how do you do that?
By submitting a sitemap.
In Google’s words.
…A sitemap is a file where you can list the web pages of your site to tell Google and other search engines about the organization of your site content. Search engine web crawlers like Googlebot read this file to more intelligently crawl your site. Also, your sitemap can provide valuable metadata associated with the pages you list in that sitemap: Metadata is information about a web page, such as when the page was last updated, how often the page is changed, and the importance of the page relative to other URLs on the site.
The sitemap you submit should be in an XML format.
There are many ways you can generate a sitemap for your website. You can use sites such as
Or this XML sitemap generator tool from Small SEO Tools. There is also another brilliant sitemap generator tool from ScreamingFrog.
But using these tools may not be ideal. Why?
Because they generate a static XML sitemap file, of which you will need to upload and update manually on a regular basis.
But if you’re using WordPress, consider yourself lucky. There are plugins you can use to generate an XML Sitemap file in a snap.
You install and set these plugins once, and they do the rest.
So here is how to use them:
1.) Generate An XML Sitemap Using Yoast SEO Plugin
Install Yoast SEO plugin and activate it. Look for XML Sitemaps under Yoast menu and click it.
PLEASE NOTE: If you don’t see the XML Sitemaps link under the Yoast SEO menu, follow the steps below:
Click Dashboard under Yoast SEO menu. Under FEATURES tab, look for ‘Advanced settings pages‘and enable it.
Click save. You should now see the XML Sitemaps menu.
Once you click the XML Sitemap link under the General tab, a new page will open with your sitemap.
Your XML sitemap link generated by the Yoast Plugin should be as follows:
Google XML Sitemaps by Arne Brachhold is one powerful plugin to improve SEO by creating unique XML sitemaps which will help search engines like Google, Bing, and Ask.com to better index your site.
Google XML Sitemaps plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages and custom URLs. Even better, it pings all major search engines every time you post a new article on your WordPress blog.
2.) Add your sitemap on Google Search Console
Next step is to add your sitemap to Google Search Console.
Log into your account.
Click on the domain you want to add the sitemap.
On your far right, click on the link ‘No Sitemaps’.
From here, click on the red ADD/TEST SITEMAP button.
Enter your sitemap URL in the field and click submit.
After you’ve added your sitemap, refresh the page to see the status of your sitemap. Google will let you know if there are any errors they have detected on your sitemap.
Once you’ve submitted it, Google will take few days to process your sitemap.
3.) Set Your Preferred Domain on Google Search Console (www or non-www)
Your next step should be to set your preferred domain.
Your preferred domain is the version you want search engines to show the search results. This is sometimes referred to as the canonical domain.
In simple terms, this is where you are telling Google to show your site with WWW or without www (www.yoursite.com vs yoursite.com)
Remember, www.yoursite.comand your site.comare two different domain names. Search engines treat them as separate sites.
The topic on canonicalization has been covered many times. So I will not be discussing it here in details. But if you’re interested in learning more about it, check out this post by Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google and SEO.
So how do you set up a preferred domain on Google?
Head over to Google Search Console. Select the domain you want to set up. On your right, click on the settings icon next to the help button and choose site settings.
Once on the site setting, you have three options:
- Not to set your preferred domain,
- To display your website URL with www or,
- To display the URL without www.
At this stage, you must have added all your domain formats (www.yoursite.com, yoursite.com, https://yoursite.com and https://yoursite.com).
Once you choose your preferred option, click save. Google will save your change.
And that’s it. Now you’re done submitting your website URL to Google.
BONUS Section: How to Submit Your Website URL to Bing.
Bing is often overlooked by many website owners. And many don’t bother submitting their website URL to the search engine.
But let me tell you something:
Besides being your second largest provider of search engine traffic, Bing Webmaster tools is one of the most valuable SEO tool available to you for free.
So why not take advantage of it?
As with Google, there are two ways you can use to submit your site to Bing:
- Submitting via Submit your Site to Bing web form,
- Using the Submit URLs feature in the Configure My Site section in Bing Webmaster Tools: this feature is much faster and allows you to submit 10 URLs per day and a maximum of 50 URLs per month for immediate crawl and indexation.
Below, I will cover both in detail.
Method #1: Submitting Your Website URL via Bing Web form.
With this method, you’re simply informing Bing that your website exists.
Bing will crawl the website URL you submitted and index it (provided that it meet its criteria). The cool thing is that you don’t have to sign in.
So how do you do it?.
As shown above, type your website homepage URL on the form. Enter the characters from the picture in the text box to pass the spam test and click submit.
Voila! Your site has been submitted successfully.
But then, how do you know if your site has been indexed by Bing?
Method #2: Submitting Your Website URL via Bing Webmaster Tools.
Enter Bing Webmaster Tools – a much faster method to submit your website URL to Bing.
The tools allow you to submit 10 URLs per day and a maximum of 50 URLs per month for immediate crawl and indexation.
How do you get started?
Step #1: Create or Sign into your Microsoft account
Visit https://signup.live.com/newuser.aspx to sign up for a free Microsoft account. You don’t have to get a Microsoft email address. You can use your existing Gmail address to sign up.
If you already have an account, enter your email address and password to sign in.
Step #2: Add your website URL and sitemap
Once you’re logged into your account, you will see the form below.
Type in your website URL and the link to your XML sitemap file (from Yoast SEO plugin).
Click the ADD button to add your website.
Step #3: Verify your Website Ownership
As with Google, Bing needs you to verify if you own the domain.
And there are three ways:
- Upload an XML file – Here you need to download the BingSiteAuth.xml file and upload it to your server via an FTP Client or your web host file manager tool.
- Add Meta tag – By adding the provided tag to the header section of your website.
- Or add a CNAME record to DNS.
Here, I ‘ve used the XML file method.It’s easy.
Download the XML file by clicking on the link.
Then I uploaded it to the server using an FTP Client such as FileZilla.
You’ve successfully submitted your site to Bing.
Note: you don’t have to submit your sitemap XML file. You already did when you were submitting your website URL.
Bing will take a few days crawl and index website.
Like with the Google Search Console, you’ll have access to extensive report and data to get an overview of:
- how many clicks you’ve received from search,
- Crawl errors and sitemaps indexed,
- Index explorer reports (a unique view on how Bing sees your website),
- SEO reports (a report that informs how your website complies with SEO best practices),
- Page mobile friendliness report.
So with both Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster tools, you’ll soon get an overview on how your website is performing on both search engines. You will sort out the errors and make your site perform better on the search engine.
Google and Bing are currently the largest providers of search engine traffic, with Google taking the first spot by a huge margin.
You can submit your website URL for crawling and indexation to both search engines.
Both have two methods:
- Submitting via a web-form and,
- Via a dedicated online platform (Google Search Console for Google and Bing Webmaster Tools)
The latter services are available for free – to help you monitor and maintain your site’s presence in Google and Bing search results.
So act now. Submit your website URL to Google and Bing.
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