It’s no secret that if you want to get traffic to a website, you need to get it ranked well in search engines, especially Google. The first thing that needs to happen is to get your site indexed, meaning that the search engine’s spider has visited your site and has added it to their index of web pages. This is commonly referred to as a search engine spider crawling a website.

When you build a brand new website, like a niche site, and have all the core components in place and are ready to share it with the world, your number one goal at this point would be to get it indexed by Google. Period.

The problem, though, is that there are many misconceptions on how to go about doing this. There are varying opinions among beginner webmasters and those trolling around the forums. I’m here to set the record straight and tell you the wrong and right way to get your site indexed by Google.

The Wrong Way

If you’ve been online for even a small amount of time, you may have seen in various forums or even have had people offer you a service to submit your website to 1,000’s of search engines. Let me just state for the record that submitting a website to the search engines, including Google, is a complete waste of time, and an even bigger waste of money if you fall prey to the so-called “Gurus” who claim this is necessary.

Submitting your website to the search engines is a thing of the past. It was once effective, but it’s no longer necessary. There is talk that doing so may even harm your website in some way. I’m not going to tell you that this is true because I honestly don’t know. But, what I do know is that if you go this route you could end up wasting a lot of time and getting nowhere.

There is a better, easier, and most of all, free way to get your site indexed by Google and other search engines. Not that any other search engine really matters, but hey, some people like Bing for some reason. Obviously you know where I stand. πŸ˜‰

The Right Way

We already know that your goal is to get your site crawled by search engine spiders, as discussed earlier. The way search engine spiders work is by following links on any given page. They follow and visit web page links that they come across, and if they find any links that are new (meaning, they haven’t been added to the index), they then proceed to add them to the index.

Easy enough, right?

So, where do we go from here?

My Approach

As you may know, I’m currently building a new niche site over at http://getbackyourexadvice.com. The relationship niche is booming, so I thought I’d try to get a little piece of the pie, meanwhile helping to mend a broken a heart or two at the same time. We’ve all been in that awful situation before, right? I know I have.

Social Bookmarking

The first thing I do to start building backlinks that are going to get noticed by search engines and draw the spiders to my site is to social bookmark my site to some of the do-follow sites. Bookmarking to the “do follow” sites is important here because you want the spiders to follow through and visit your links so that your site can be included in the index.

I know there are a ton of social bookmarking sites out there, but I use socialmarker to make the whole process super simple. There is also IMAutomater as well, which offers a free and paid service. Definitely worth checking out.

High PR Backlinks

Okay, so after you get some good backlinks from social sites, your website should be indexed shortly after. Usually within anywhere from a few days to a week, up to two weeks tops. An easy way to tell if your site has been indexed is to go to Google and type in “site:yourdomain” into the search bar, without quotes. Just replace “yourdomain” with your full website URL. If no results come up, that means your site has not been indexed yet. Just hang tight if it isn’t.

Once your site has been idexed (and even if it isn’t yet), start building more quality backlinks to it.

I’ve been using Paul and Angela’s high PR backlink packets to build quality backlinks to my sites for over a year now. I’m also using these services to get backlinks for my new niche site as well.

I definitely recommend utilizing sites like these to build quality links as this can improve your site’s search engine rankings and Page Rank (PR).

Article Marketing

I’m a huge advocate for article marketing. It’s a great way to build quality links to your site and drive direct traffic from article directories at the same time. I’ve done my fair share for this site and will continue to do so. I’ve also done a lot of article marketing when I was doing freelance work. I learned a thing or two in the process, so I know what works and what brings results.

Having said that, I haven’t yet had time to do any sort of article marketing for my new niche site. I may end up outsourcing the task of writing the articles to someone else. Outsourcing is a viable option for anyone who doesn’t have the time or just doesn’t want to take the time to do a task themselves.

Over to You

What I shared is just the beginning stages for building quality links. And obviously, there is more than one way to get a site indexed by Google.

So, what strategy do you employ to get your site indexed, and what do you to start building backlinks to your site?

Let me know by leaving a comment…

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