Thomas is writing his stories at www.thethomasstories.com, but it can take Google weeks to index his content. What can he do to make those lazy bots index his articles faster?
Thomas is a quite patient guy, at least if he gets what he wants right now. He never wants anything for Christmas, because at the moment he discovers that he is in need of something, he has already ordered it from Amazon, eBay, or AliExpress. He is a guy that gets things done, but he isn’t always understanding when other people delay his work… like Google does when they do not index his articles at once!
Thomas is extremely fed up with Google
Can you imagine? Thomas wrote an article about an event that took place a few days after the article was written. He came up with information about the event, where to park your car, ticket prices and more. But, nobody visited the article at all. Thomas felt like he had wasted his time, and he quickly understood why… Google hadn’t indexed the site, and it was impossible to find it in the search engine. What is the solution for Thomas?
In his despair, Thomas has found a solution! This is what he has done to make Google index his articles (normally) in a few minutes.
What Thomas does to make Google index his articles
- Thomas has registered his website in the Google Search Console.
- He has added a sitemap of his website in the Search Console.
- Now he finds the URL of the article he wants Google to index.
- He clicks on “Crawl” and then “Fetch as Google.”
- He adds the URL of the article he wants Google to Index and presses “Fetch.”
- He now clicks “Request Indexing” and follows the instructions.
- The article should be indexed by Google within a few minutes/hours.
Thomas has found out that this works almost always. But, there is one exception. Thomas started to doubt this method as he noticed that several articles didn’t get indexed at once, and it could take days, even when he used the method.
But, Thomas believes that he understands what the keyword is… quality content!
Google indexing and quality
The times when it has taken Google days to index his content is when the quality of the content has been very similar to other websites online. The articles didn’t say anything that hasn’t been said before, and for that reason, the Google bot made a decision to put the article on hold for some days, as those looking for information can find all the information of the given article in other articles online anyway.
Now Thomas is ready to publish this article. He has worked a lot on it, and he has even prepared a little YouTube video with the instructions. After publishing, he will follow his very own instructions from this article, and then he will update this article to tell you how long it took Google to index the article.
Time from publishing to indexing by Google: 2 minutes
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