How to check if your blog post is indexed by Google
If you want to check to see if your post has already been indexed by Google, you can do a quick search to find out. Using the search query below will show you all of the indexed pages for the domain you are searching for.
This is a very useful way of checking to see if your article has already been indexed before you go ahead and manually indexing the site via Google Webmaster Tools.
If you have lots of pages and want to quickly find the page ,you can modify your search. If you go to the top right of google, once you have done the search query for your domain, you can change the “Search settings” by clicking on the cog icon.
Once on the search settings page, you should scroll down to “Google instant predictions” and click the “Never show Instant results” then drag the “Results per page” over to 100. To finalise this just click “Save” at the bottom of the page.
You will now see 100 results per page instead of 10 for your search query. This will allow you to do a Find Search and see if your article is indexed. You can do this by going to:
Edit > Find > Find (⌘F – Shortcut)
In the search box you’ll want to type the article URL but make sure to drop the http:// or https:// and then hit enter. You might have to go through several pages to find if the article is indexed. If you find that the article isn’t indexed you can follow the tutorial below to get google to index your blog post instantly.
How to index your blog post instantly
To be able to instantly index your new blog post you’ve written, you need to have Google Webmaster tools set up. If you haven’t already set this up, I’ve written a simple step-by-step guide to setting this up: ‘How to set up Google Webmaster Tools‘. You can skip ahead if you’ve already done this and head over to Google Webmaster Tools and sign in.
Next, you’ll want to navigate to the Fetch as Google page. This can be found in the sidebar under Crawl.
Crawl > Fetch as Google
Fetch as Google
As you might be able to see from the image above, it’s pretty straightforward to get Google to index your new blog post. What you need to do is copy the Url of the new blog post and paste it into the box to the right of your root domain in the Google search console. Then click ‘Fetch’.
Note: Make sure you are only copying the blog post URL extension, so it doesn’t include the root domain. i.e how-to-index-new-blog-posts-instantly/ not https://wpteardown.com/how-to-index-new-blog-posts-instantly/.
Once you have clicked ‘Fetch’ and there weren’t any issues, the status will come back showing “Complete”. You can now move on to submitting to index.
Submitting to Index
The “Submit to Index” button will appear next to the status. Once you click this, a pop up will appear as seen below.
You will need to confirm that you’re not a robot and then you have to choose to “Crawl only this URL” and then click “Go”. Once this is done it will come back saying “URL submitted to index” next to the status.
You are all done at this point but should you want to double check that it has been indexed, you can use the check we used at the beginning to originally check to see if the article had been indexed (which, in our case, had been done).
Hopefully, this will help you bring in more organic Google traffic by getting your blog post indexed as soon as you click publish instead of waiting for Google to crawl your website which could take days.
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