Google owns more than 90% of the search market, making it an ideal location for reaching potential customers.
However, if you want Google to begin driving traffic (and revenue) to your site, you must first learn how to submit URLs to Google.
Google can index URLs by submitting an XML sitemap or by requesting a crawl via your Google Search Console account. This quick start guide will help you through the process of submitting your website to Google.
How to submit your Website URLs to Google?
Add your website to Google by creating a Google Search Console account and logging in.
Then, either upload your website’s XML sitemap to Google to submit your entire site or use the “URL Inspection” report to request a crawl to submit a single page or URL to Google.
2 Best methods to Submit URLs to Google
Before you begin, it’s beneficial to understand the various methods for submitting your website to Google.
This way, you can select the most appropriate method for your business, saving your team time, money, and hassle.
You can submit URLs to Google Search Console in the following ways:
1. Upload a sitemap
A sitemap is the most frequently used method of submitting multiple URLs to Google.
That’s because a sitemap consolidates all (or nearly all) of your site’s links and pages into a single XML file.
Typically, your sitemap will include links to your most important pages, such as your contact page, service page, or core product page. These pages are typically located in the navigation bar of your website.
If you have a large website, it is recommended that you create multiple sitemaps rather than a single sitemap.
For instance, an eCommerce clothing store may create different sitemaps to include the product pages for its footwear, tops, and pants.
Since a sitemap contains all of your website’s content, it’s one of the quickest ways to submit URLs to Google. You submit your sitemap to Google Search Console (more on that later) and then wait for Google to crawl and index your website.
Quick Summary: Upload a sitemap to Google to submit multiple URLs.
2. Request a Crawl
You can submit a request to Google for it to crawl and index a particular URL.
This option is advantageous if your team creates a new page or updates an existing one.
While you should continue to update and resubmit your XML sitemap to Search Console, it is worthwhile to use this method to submit a new or updated URL to Google.
For the sake of clarity, some users prefer to request a crawl as performing a fetch.
Summary Summary: Submit a single URL to Google by requesting a crawl.
How to submit multiple URLs to Google Search Console with a Sitemap?
In three easy steps, you can submit all of your URLs to Google (via a sitemap) using Google Search Console:
1. Create and log in to the Google Search Console account.
Proceed to your Google Search Console account and log in.
You can select your website or property from the sidebar menu (located on the left-hand side).
Depending on your industry, you may have multiple websites associated with your business. If that is the case, begin with whichever website or property you wish.
If you don’t already have an account, you’ll need to create one and add and verify your site.
Not to worry; we’ve included a helpful guide that will walk you through the process.
However, keep in mind that your development team may be required to assist with the verification process.
After activating your account, you can begin submitting links to Google for indexing!
2. View and Access your Sitemaps report.
Following that, you’ll want to access Google Search Console’s Sitemaps report. The Sitemaps report is located in the sidebar menu, beneath the “Index” heading.
Google Search Console will load the report when you click “Sitemaps.”
The Sitemaps report will display all of the sitemaps you’ve submitted, as well as detailed information about each sitemap:
- Sitemap type
- Sitemap Status
- Submission date
- Number of discovered URLs
- Last read date
Once you’ve submitted your first sitemap, this information will become priceless.
3. Submit a new sitemap
You can add a new sitemap to your Sitemaps report to submit multiple URLs to Google at once.
Simply follow the steps below:
- Copy the sitemap’s URL.
- Paste the URL into the field labeled “Enter sitemap URL.”
- Click the “Submit” button.
That is all!
Bear in mind, however, that Google will not immediately crawl and index your site. Google will review your sitemap within a few days to a few weeks.
However, you can use the Sitemaps report to verify that Google crawled your sitemap and to see how many URLs it discovered.
Once your site has been indexed, you can begin utilizing Google Search Console in new ways, including the following:
- Evaluating your site’s mobile usability
- Analyze the keywords or search terms that bring visitors to your site
- Examining your site’s internal and external links
- And many more.
All of this data can be used to help your business optimize its web pages and their rankings in Google search results.
How to submit your Website URLs to Google with a crawl request?
To submit a single URL to Google for updated or brand-new pages, follow these steps:
1. Login to Google Search Console.
If you’re already logged into your Google Search Console, you’re already ahead of the game when it comes to Google URL submission.
To refresh your memory, you’ll want to log into your account (or create one) and choose the property or website that contains the URL you’re uploading.
2. Inspect your URL
Following that, you’ll want to view the “URL Inspection” report.
The “URL Inspection” report is located at the top of the sidebar menu, beneath “Overview” and “Performance.”
To save your time, you can also access this report through Google Search Console’s search bar. Simply copy and paste your URL into the field provided.
A pop-up window will appear stating, “Retrieving data from Google Index,” followed by the loading of your report.
If Google has already crawled and indexed the page, your report will indicate that it is available on Google.
On the other hand, a newly created page will typically generate a report stating that the URL is not listed on Google, but not due to an error, which is what you want.
3. Indexing of URLs upon request
When your report loads, there are two things you should do:
- Utilize the “Test Live URL” option to verify your page and content.
- Submit the page to Google for indexing using the “Request Indexing” option.
Again, submitting a URL to Google is a simple process.
As with a sitemap submission, it will take time for Google to crawl and index your page. Expect your site to appear in Google’s index within a few days to a few weeks.
After that, you can begin viewing performance data for this page, such as impressions and clicks.
Even after submitting, your website isn’t ranking on page 1 of Google!
While knowing how to submit your URLs to Google is beneficial, it does not guarantee that your website will appear in search results.
If your site is already crawled and indexed by search engines, it is only a small part of the search engine optimization Optimization (SEO).
Additionally, you must consider the design and performance of your site and the quality and relevance of your content.
Additionally, there are multiple other factors to consider, such as the usability of your website and your keyword targeting strategy.
It’s overwhelming, and it’s discouraging when your strategy fails.