What I Did to Get My Site Listed First On Google November 20, 2015
Why Am I Not Listed?
Have you spent days, weeks, months, or even years trying to get your site listed/indexed by Google? Maybe your site is listed on Google, but you can’t quite get it onto the first page. Well, I am here to help.
I ran into a similar problem when I got started with website design. I spent hours and hours sitting by my computer searching my site to see if Google had increased my page rank. Finally, my site was cached and it showed up; unfortunately, I found out I was the only one seeing this due to it being cached. So, back to the computer I went.
A few weeks later I was still struggling to get my site listed on Google. Everything seemed just fine in my code: What could I be doing wrong? I consulted a few other people, and they also didn’t understand why my site wasn’t being listed. I then thought I better try adding some plugins. I added numerous plugins trying to find out which ones were helping.
When I added a blog page, that page was indexed but my homepage and everything else wasn’t.
I continued trying to edit my code and adding more breadcrumbs. Still…no sight of my site. Finally, I found the solution. Below I listed what I did to get my site listed first on Google.
- I installed the Yoast SEO plugin. This is an important step, for this helps Google identity things such as your site title, breadcrumbs, and so forth. Make sure that you precisely and entirely fill out the inputs within the Yoast SEO plugin. I recommend using YouTube tutorials or getting help from someone with knowledge of the plugin when filling out all of the inputs in the forms.
- Make sure to fill out the breadcrumb form in the Yoast SEO if you would like breadcrumbs on your page. This helps SEO but it is not necessary.
- Check your site for title tags and meta tags.
- Generate sitemaps in WordPress through the Yoast plugin. Make sure to upload all of your sitemaps to your Google Search Console. You will have to have a Google account. I recommend creating social media pages that link to your website anyway because this also helps with SEO.
- Download the Schema App Structured Data.
- Set up an account on Schema Apps and go to the structure editor to begin filling out information for the particular category you would consider your products under. (Follow the directions provided by Schema Apps)
- Go into your code and add an “itemscope” in the div holding your title/header. Continue to add “item…” as noted on Schema.org. NOTE: This is the step I failed to complete. I never added “itemscope” and item types to my code. Such a simple step, but makes the difference between getting your site listed on Google and not getting listed on Google.
While there are many other aspects to SEO and page rank, these are the main things that I found to be most helpful. If you have been having trouble getting your page ranked, try the steps I have mentioned above.
If you still have any questions or problems getting your site to show up on Google, feel free to contact me or add a comment to this blog, and I will try to help you out as much as I can. Good luck!0