Effective Ways to Get Your Blog Indexed
Getting your blog indexed in the search engines can seem impossible sometimes. It can often be so random! One blog gets indexed in a matter of minutes, while another one takes weeks. While the search engines don't reveal their exact formula for indexing, there are some methods that have been proven to work for many bloggers out there.
Of course, many people decide that the first thing they should do to get their blog indexed is to submit it to the search engines by hand. There is actually a lot of disagreement on this point! Some people think the search engines look upon this favorably, and other people think that hand submission can hurt you.
The bottom line here is that it really doesn't seem to hurt your rankings, but it's best to keep in mind that the search engines "know it's you" who is submitting the site. What they want are votes of confidence from other established sites out there. That's why it's better to concentrate on those.
If you already have a network of sites then you have a huge advantage. All it takes is a relevant contextual link on one of those sites and you'll often get indexed very quickly. This is especially true If you have access to a site that gets indexed often.
Not everyone has established sites, however! The good thing is that there are sites out there that allow you to put your content on their site. Article directories are one example. If you write an article for a site like EzineArticles.com with a link back to your site in the author's resource box, the chances are good that you will get indexed fairly quickly. You can also add your content and links to sites like HubPages.com, Squidoo.com, and others.
You also want to make sure you submit your RSS feed into directories. There's many RSS directories that will alert you (and the internet spiders) that you have updated content. This is how you increase your chances of getting indexed into the search engines. Here are a couple of sites you can submit to: Feedagg.com and Feedage.com
Another thing to do is write great content and update it often. This is not an exact science, but it is proven that Google loves content! Just write some posts right away that say you're going to have a great and relevent site and you have a much better chance of getting indexed quickly.
It might take a little more effort if you're still not indexed in the search engines. Using a combination of the previous tips will work very well. Patience is key. It takes time for the engines spiders to find and index your site. You might need to wait a week or so for the magic to happen! Again, just follow the suggestions above and you will see that you get indexed quickly and often.