Finding your site on Google
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Finding your site on Google


>>Jen Lee: Hello, I’m Jennifer and I work
on Google search quality team. A really common question we hear from new site owners is,
“How do I get my site to show up in Google search results?” Well, the good news is,
Google has likely already found your new content. You can easily determine if Google is displaying
your site in our search results by doing what we call a site search. To do this, from a
Google search bar, type the word site colon and your domain name without any spaces. If
something comes up then congrats! You’re in Google search results. If there are fewer
pages displaying than what you have in your site, make sure we can find and crawl your
content and that it delivers value to users. It could also be that we just haven’t discovered
those pages yet. In which case, your best bet is to be patient. We’ll likely pick up
on the change soon. If you’d like to expedite this process, you can add your content to
Google through our tool at Google.com/submityourcontent. If, on the other hand, nothing at all is coming
up in your site search, there could be a number of things going on. One of the more common
causes of this is your site could be blocking our crawlers by what’s called a robots.txt
file. You can read more about this at our help center resources. If you’ve recently
purchased your domain, it might not be performing well because it formally contained spamming
or problematic content. If you believe this could be the case, you’ll want to log in to
web master tools, add and verify your new site, then file a reconsideration request
noting this information. If your site is in our search results but pages aren’t performing
as well as you’d like, keep in mind that Google discovers new pages on your site just as users
do; by following links from page to page. That means, the easier you make it for users
to navigate your site, the easier it is for Google to discover its content. Adding a navigational
bar or a menu to your site is a popular and clean way to improve site navigation. You
can always find more information by checking out our user forums and our extensive help
center materials. Thanks for watching. [Music plays]

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