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How Do I Get My WordPress Site Listed on Google? (Beginner’s Guide)

Recently, one of our users asked us how to get their WordPress site listed on Google? Being the largest search engine in the world, Google is quite good at automatically detecting and listing new websites. However, sometimes it may not automatically list your website right away. Since Google is the biggest traffic source for most websites, it’s important that you get your website listed in Google immediately. In this article, we will share how to easily get your WordPress site listed on Google.

Get your WordPress site listed on Google

Why You Should Get Your Website Listed on Google?

Google is the top source of traffic and visitors for most websites. If you are serious about starting a blog or launching your small business website, then you need to get your website listed on Google as soon as possible.

If you are following the WordPress SEO best practices, then search engines like Google can automatically find your website. However this could take some time, and you will miss out potential customers.

But you can easily expedite this process. Let’s take a look at how to get your WordPress site listed on Google.

Listing Your WordPress Site on Google

Before we start, you would need to create a Google Search Console account. You can easily set it up by following our step by step instructions on how to add your WordPress site to Google Search Console.

Step 1: Check WordPress Settings for Search Engine Visibility

After you have setup your Search Console account, you need to make sure that your WordPress site is visible to search engines. You can check this by going to Settings » Reading page and scrolling down to the Search Engine Visibility option.

Search engine visibility

Make sure to remove the check mark from this option, so search engines can crawl your website.

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save changes’ button to store your settings.

Step 2: Connecting Google Search Console with WordPress

The next thing you need to do is add your website to Google Search Console. We recommend using the URL prefix method because there are more ways to verify your site and you don’t have to change your DNS records.

Add website URL

In the website field, you must add the full website URL. It is important that you use the same URL that you’re seeing in your browser’s URL bar including WWW or non-www as well as HTTPS.

Once you add the website URL, it will ask you to verify that you own the domain. There are multiple methods that you can use to verify ownership. The easiest way is to click the arrow next to “Other verification methods”. This will give you a meta tag that you need to copy.

Copy meta tag

Next, on your WordPress site you’ll need to install and activate the All in One SEO plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you will see a new item in your WordPress admin menu labeled All in One SEO. Go ahead and click on the All in One SEO » General Settings menu, and then click the “Webmaster Tools” tab at the top of the page.

AIOSEO webmaster tools menu

Click on the Google Search Console box, and paste the verification code into the field that appears.

Google Search Console verification

Once you are done, click on the Save Changes button at the top of the screen. Now go back to Google search console account and click on the Verify button. Your website ownership will be successfully verified.

If for some reason it doesn’t verify, then you need to make sure that you clear the cache in WordPress.

Step 3: Setting Up XML Sitemaps

Once your site is verified, you need to go to All in One SEO » General page in WordPress admin area to verify your sitemap settings. By default, AIOSEO creates the sitemaps you need automatically.

Enable sitemap in All in One SEO

To view your sitemaps, you can click on the “Open Sitemap” button, or add ‘sitemap.xml’ to your URL (for example, www.example.com/sitemap.xml).

All in One SEO XML sitemap preview

Next you need to submit your sitemap to Google webmaster tools. Sitemaps help Google search bots easily find and index your new content.

Step 4: Submitting XML Sitemaps to Google Search Console

Simply login to your Google search console account and select your website.

You need to go to Sitemaps on left side of the screen.

Add sitemap to Google Search Console

Then add the last part of your sitemap URL (sitemap.xml) under the ‘Add new sitemap’ section and click the Submit button.

Once you are done with these steps, you can visit your Google search console account to check your listings. Once Google has crawled and indexed your website, you will start seeing reports in search console.

Another important factor that affects search rankings is website speed. Slower websites are bad for user experience and are often ranked lower than faster websites. See our guide on how to improve your website performance

That’s all. We hope this article helped you get your WordPress site listed on Google. You may also want to check our expert pick of the best WordPress SEO plugins and tools that you should use to optimize your website.

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24 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. Hello , Great article. I did all these steps, and 8,9 days later I still don’t see my website in search. Is it possible that Google still didn’t index my website?

    • We do not have a specific timeframe that Google would crawl your site but you can search for your site using site:yoursite to see if your site is in search.

      Admin

    • You may want to try resaving your permalinks for the most common solution to that error.

      Admin

  2. Great article, the steps are easy to follow even where the current Google settings pages don’t quite match the description. Thanks !

    • You’re welcome, we try to keep the article up to date but Google does not always make it easy :)

      Admin

  3. Hi, sorry, i don’t really get a couple of things.
    I have a free-plan blog i use just to fool around and discover ho WP works.
    The layout of the settings is different than described in this article and the blog is open by almost a month. Shoudn’t i be able to see it, already, in search engines results?
    Being it a free-plan, i can’t install plugins, so no webaster tools for me yet.
    So, how does it work? should i simply wait a bit more for the clawler to do its magic, or a free-plan simply is not predisposed to be SEO-compatible (in order to push for at least a basic-plan)?

    • It could either be how valuable Google sees your content or Google could have not crawled your site yet, you would want to check with WordPress.com’s support for the limitations and recommendations for their free sites.

      Admin

  4. We love your site and your the best place for information for beginners, especially the easy to follow videos you make. We have the opposite need we want to use a premade template, but we need people to have access to the site to view when needed to give us help on how it’s going. But we’re worried if google sees the site and all the pages it will hurt the site because of all the dummy content, until we replace it with our own. The site has been up for a while with the plain homepage from the initial install and has been indexed already as it is, with nothing on it so far. Thanks again for the excellent site and all the work you put into it to help others.

  5. Thank you very much for the article, it has been very helpful to understand the importance of indexing our web pages in the Google search engine and how to run it.

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