Has My Website Been Crawled and Indexed By Google?

To determine if your website has been crawled and indexed by Google, you can follow these steps:

Google Search

Begin by conducting a simple search on Google using the “site:” operator followed by your website’s URL. For example, type “site:example.com” in the search bar. This operator allows you to view all the pages from your website that Google has indexed. If your website appears in the search results, it indicates that Google has crawled and indexed at least some of your web pages.

Google Search Console

Another reliable method is to use Google Search Console, a free tool provided by Google for website owners. If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to verify ownership of your website in Google Search Console.

Once you’ve verified your website, follow these steps within Google Search Console:

  • Select your website property.
  • Navigate to the “Coverage” report or “Index” section.
  • Look for any errors or warnings related to crawling or indexing.
  • Review the indexed pages and their status.

The information provided in Google Search Console will give you a comprehensive understanding of how Google has indexed your website.

Manual Search

If your website is relatively new or doesn’t have many pages, you can try searching for unique content directly on Google. Choose a specific sentence or paragraph from one of your web pages and search for it using quotes around the text. For example, “this is a unique sentence from my website.” If the search results display your website or that specific content, it suggests that Google has crawled and indexed your web pages.

XML Sitemap

Check if you have submitted an XML sitemap to Google Search Console. An XML sitemap is a file that lists all the important pages on your website, helping search engines understand your site structure. If you have submitted a sitemap, Google will typically indicate the number of URLs submitted and the number of URLs indexed.

Take Away

Remember that indexing can take time, especially for new websites or recently published content. If you’ve recently made changes to your website or added new pages, it may take some time for Google to crawl and index them. Be patient and regularly monitor your website’s presence in Google search results or via Google Search Console.

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About the Author | Alisha McFarland

As someone who has been earning a living in the technology industry since 1998, I've seen and done a few things. It's been a fun ride most of the time but mistakes and missteps are seldom enjoyable.

That's why I chose to use my experience and knowledge to be an objective, professional opinion to anyone who may be struggling with what they should do to refine their website. 

If you are curious how your website can do more for your business, I’m here to help with simple and effective strategies.

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