How Many of Your Articles are Indexed by Google?
Having written any article, you'll wish for Google's search engine to send you an endless stream of traffic! Once you've posted your article here and a few people have seen it, it quickly disappears from the home page and from your followers' recent feeds. So, what next? Did you really write that for it to only live for a day or two?
No - you hope that Google's search engine knows about it. You hope that people searching will find your article and view it. Oh yes, that evergreen content nirvana where you've got a growing residual income.
But how do you check? How do you find how many of your articles are indexed by Google? There's no button to press that'll tell you!
Well, it's quite simple really. Simply load Google and ask it to search for them. OK, so how do you do that without being super clever, or cute, or something? Easy....
- Firstly load any of your articles, any at all. See near the top left hand corner where it says "By (your username) in ..." select and copy that bit. This is text that exists on every one of your articles. It's the only unique piece of text that is on every one (unless you religiously type some footer/signature line, in which case you can use that)
- Load up Google - any Google, it doesn't matter. Of course, each Google around the world would give you different results, but I am keeping this simple, so any Google search engine site. .com .co.uk or your own country if you're elsewhere.
- In the search box type site:personapaper.com then between two " marks, paste your unique text.
- Search - and look at the top of the results to get the count.
Example for mine: site:personapaper.com "By UK_Writer in "
Does it matter if you type the http:// or the www part in front of personapaper.com in that? Usually/probably not - try it and see, different sites work differently. I tested all three variations and got the same result.
Works for Any Site: this method works for any site you've got articles on, this isn't PersonaPaper specific.
Now - what's the result? Are all your articles indexed? Probably not. At the time of writing I've got just 23 indexed by Google, from a total of 41 articles written to date.
My percentage of articles indexed is 23/41, or 56%. What this means is that the world can only ever hope to discover 56% of my articles!
I might write another post telling you how to get all your articles indexed, I'll see how that goes! It'snot important to get 100% of your articles indexed all of the time, but you might choose to ensure that your key articles, your most favourite, are indexed and remain indexed... but that's a whole new, big, post.
Being indexed by Google - and remaining indexed - is an important part of ongoing SEO maintenance because if you're not ever going to show up then no traffic will ever arrive! But remember, you also need for them to read great information once they've arrived, if all those visitors turn tail and leave immediately Google will decide you're not what people are looking for and will deindex your page!
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