I do listen to how often newbie bloggers and most times people that have been blogging for quite some time complain about how difficult it is for their blog to get indexed on search engines or rank on Alexa. They complain and blame it all on the algorithms of Google and Alexa, but they never sit and ask themselves “what am I actually doing wrong?” My dear bloggers, I am sad to announce to you that the bulk of the whole blame lies on you. Bloggers experiencing such should sit down and troubleshoot their inabilities and inadequacies that lead to unfruitful results.
In this post, I will be giving out a few and easy steps on how to get your new (or old) blog indexed on search engines and rank on Alexa in no distance time. I actually achieve that with this blog of mine in just 24 hours, you can attest to that from the screenshot below. If I can do it, then you can.
This post is more like a practical report, of which if you shall adhere to each of its steps you will surely smile with the result you are going to get at the end. To make it easier, we shall be treating this topic under the following headings:
- Unique content
- Setting up your blog
- Using an optimized and crawl-able template
- Setting up a blog using blogger
- Using the Google search console
- Adding your property to Google analytics
- Submitting your blog to search engines and directories
- Submitting your blog to bing
- Submitting your blog to yandex
- Add your blog to Dmoz directory
- Sit back, relax and watch the magic
1. Use Unique Content On Your Blog
I would not waste much of my time talking about this because you can get a concise explanation of what unique content is all about. If you missed it, you can check it out from the link below.
Also read: Unique Content And Bad Guest Posting Habits
But to summarize it up, Google spiders love contents that are new, original, and unique. It makes it easier for them to crawl and store in their database. And once it is unique, trust me, it will get indexed easily and at the same time boost the search engine optimization of that post or content itself. Below is an image of my first and only post as at the time I am writing this very one. You can attest from the image how just one post got indexed within 24 hours, while the achievement seems difficult for many bloggers.
So you can imagine the SEO height your blog will attain if you keep maintaining the culture of writing and publishing unique and relevant content. Get to know more about unique content by clicking the link below.
2. Setting Up Your Blog
Now you have known the importance of unique content in SEO, the next step is to set up your new blogger blog. What many newbie and inexperienced bloggers do is after choosing their blog name, title, and template, the next shot is to start creating and publishing posts. Most times, the post been copied from someone else’s blog. That is a wrong move fellow. There is more to that so you can achieve success in no distance time.
After choosing your blog title and subdomain name (at first, it is usually seen like this: example.blogspot.com), and also your blogger default template, publishing posts should not be the next step to take. First of all, you need to upload a better template, and you know the reason why? The default blogger templates are not really optimized for search engines, so immediately you start using them the way they are, it can serve as a loophole in your SEO quest.
Follow these steps in setting up your blog:
Buy premium blogger templates and upload. There so many tutorials online that teach how to upload a new blogger template, search for the best result using the Google search engine.
After uploading the new template you bought, ensure you update the SEO meta tags with your appropriate information, for example; your Google verification ID, Bing ID, Facebook app ID, Google plus publisher and author information, etc. With time I will create a post that will cover this aspect, but you can ask any questions by commenting below and I will gladly be of help in this aspect.
The next thing is to buy a domain name of your test (e.g www.blogginfotech.com) and which suits the niche you intended to blog about. My sub-domain name was initially www.blogginfotech.blogspot.com before buying a TLD (top-level domain name) from Godaddy. Actually, I did not allow the sub-domain name to last up to 30 minutes before switching to a TLD because I already know what I wanted. After buying the domain name, simply link it to your Blogspot sub-domain. There are many online tutorials that cover that aspect too, but if you need any specific help feel free to contact me.
After linking up your new domain and you have tested that it is working fine by typing the URL on your web browser and hitting the enter key, the next thing is to add your site to the Google search console. Is from the Google search console you can have better access to your domain in terms of its crawling status, indexed pages, crawl errors, search analytics, and so on. Is from the Google search console you will get your Google verification ID which you will include in the meta section of your template. You can also link your search console to Google analytics as well as submit your XML sitemap.
The next step is to add your property (your newly created blog) to Google analytics. Since you already have a Google account, just log in to analytics.google.com and add your property, supplying the appropriate information. At the end of the process, you will be supplied with an analytic tracking ID in form of a meta tag. You will simply add the tag above the <head> section of your template in its HTML view. If you are still confused about this, simply contact me and I will be glad to help. Below is my google analytics chart and display in just 48 hours of setting up my new blog.
You can see that we have carried out a lot of tasks without publishing a new post yet. That is the way it ought to be if you really want to get your new blog indexed on search engines and rank on Alexa speedily. Now the next thing you will do is to go to your blogger dashboard and make or include the following additions in the settings.
Go to the basic settings and edit the title and description to match with the title and description of your intended new blog. You can even make the additions if your blog is old and you have not done it before. Click on “Save settings” when you are done.
The from the search preference display, you need to add your meta description just like I did mine in the screenshot below. Make sure your keywords are embedded in the description because it makes the Google crawlers understand what your blog is all about, which makes it easy for them to place your post in its appropriate directory. After adding your meta tags enable “custom robots.txt” and “custom robots header tags” and follow the other sets of instructions below.
From the image above you can see that I have added custom robbots.txt content to my blog. The content is not actually handwritten, you can generally get it from your Google search console dashboard. All you do is to copy from the and paste here, Finally, you hit the “save changes” tab. You then move to the “custom robots header tags” section.
Custom robots header tags
Look at the image below carefully and tick the exact boxes i did in mine. Then you hit the “save changes” tab.
After you are done, then you save the general settings before exiting that page. After you are through with this step, you can now go to your post dashboard and do the following.
3. Submitting Your Blog To Search Engine And Directories
Since you had already created a post, it means you now have content that search engine spiders can crawl. The next thing is to submit your XML site map to search engines and your blog information to directories. Google owns your site, so automatically it becomes crawlable by them. But you should not just sit down and relax for the Google spider to do its job, remind it by sending an XML sitemap from your Google search console dashboard. The other two search engines I normally add my property and submit my XML sitemap to are; Bing and Yandex. The process is quite easy, all you have to do is go to their website, add your site then claim it by including their generated meta tags in the head section of your template.
Finally, I submit my new blog to the Dmoz directory. There are so many search engines out there you can actually submit your new blog to as well as directories, but these are the ones I am familiar with and like maintaining. So for better SEO and blogging results, you can spread your tentacles.
4. Sit Back, Relax And Watch The Magic
After you have followed the necessary steps and had published unique content on your blog. The next thing is to sit back and watch the magic plays, trust me, you will smile at the end.
NOTE: I am not saying you should publish just content alone and relax, I actually had a tight schedule which is why it was difficult for me to create some other new post. Please go ahead and publish more unique content of yours if you are chanced. And for the old bloggers that have flawed in all these steps, kindly follow them and you will start seeing results as soon as possible.
Making your blog rank on Alexa and indexed on Google speedily is an achievable task. Thanks for reading till this very end, but before you leave I will like you to become a family so as to achieve the benefits. Subscribe to my blog by using the email subscription box and a lot of freebies from the blogging platform await you. Bye for now.