How to Find out Whether Your Site is Indexed by Google, Bing and Yahoo!

Previously we covered how to properly add your site in Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools. This tutorial is going to show you how to find out whether your site is actually in a search engine or directory and what you can do if your site isn’t indexed.

Method 1: Using Site: Search Syntax

In Google search box, type the following:

site:your-domain.com

or

site:www.your-domain.com

Replace your-domain.com with your actual domain, of course. Underneath the search box, you will see how many pages (results) are indexed by Google. For example:

google-index

You can also do this in Bing and Yahoo search. It’s worth noting that If Bing indexes your site, Yahoo will automatically index your site.

Method 2: Using SEOQuake

SEOQuake is a browser add-on that automatically tell you the number of indexed pages when you visit a website.

seoquake-number-of-indexed-pages

As can be seen from the screenshot above, SEOQuake shows the number of indexed pages by Google and Bing, the number of backlinks, subdomain backlinks, Alexa global rank and also how many people shared the page on social media.

Find out whether Google indexed the latest version of your web pages

Sometimes you need to update your webpages and it’s important to know whether the changes are picked up by Google. This info can be obtained through Google cache.

Here’s how it works.

Copy and paste your URL into Google search box and hit Enter. You will see your web page, and sometimes other pages that link back to you, in the results.

Clicking the green down triangle at the far right will show the Cached link. Click that link.

google-cached-pages

You will see the cached pages by Google. The timestamp of the cache is also available on the top. So you can find out whether your latest changes are picked up by Google.

google-user-content-cache

You can also paste your URL into Bing and Yahoo search box. They also provides a little triangle that lead you to cached page at the end of URL in the search results.

Fixing Index Problem

What if your site isn’t indexed? or you see the home page only when searching for your site in search engines?

Here’s what you should do to solve this problem.

  • Submit an XML sitemap in Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools. Some other search engines might not provide XML sitemap submit function. In this case, you can add a line in your robots.txt file that points to the XML sitemap.
  • Get some back links from whatever websites, blogs, forums, or social media networks. This is probably the most reliable and best way to get your web pages indexed.
  • Make sure your site has 99% uptime. Search engines don’t like websites that frequently go offline because this results in bad search bot experience and user experience. If you site is offline, search bot can’t index it. You can use uptimerobot.com, which offers both free plan and pro plan, to monitor uptime.
  • Check out your robots.txt file to see if your made a mistake or accidentally block search bots to crawl your site.
  • Add a main menu on the top of your site.¬†Add an HTML sitemap and add a link that point to this HTML sitemap at the bottom of your site.
  • Avoid complicated URL structure, use clean URL instead. By clean URL, I mean URL that doesn’t contain query strings (?q=), script name (index.php), or session IDs. These URL structure make it harder for search bots to crawl and index your pages. Clean URL, also known as SEO friendly URL, is easy for visitors to remember and for search bots to crawl and index.

How to Create an HTML Sitemap Page in WordPress

If you don’t like to mess around with HTML and CSS code, then there’s a plugin for you to create HTML sitemap in WorddPress called Hierarchical HTML Sitemap.

html-sitemap

Once it’s installed, you simply need to create a new page and then paste the following shortcode in the content area. An HTML sitemap is created!

AdSense Tips [3], Bing SEO Guide [1], Google Search Console [1], Keyword [3], Making Your Site Useful [1], Search CTR [1], SEO Basics [9], Web Analytics [1], Website Speed [3], WordPress [1]

AdSense Tips [3]

Bing SEO Guide [1]

Google Search Console [1]

Keyword [3]

Making Your Site Useful [1]

Search CTR [1]

SEO Basics [9]

Web Analytics [1]

Website Speed [3]

WordPress [1]

All Pages

Make sure your HTML sitemap URL is different from XML sitemap URL.

Indexability Check

You can also use OnPage.org to analyze your site’s indexability.

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