Let’s face it, as far as a lot of people are concerned; Google is the internet.
In my experience if you ask someone to type a domain name into their browser, they type it into a Google search box rather than the address bar on the browser.
There is nothing wrong with this of course, but, for us website owners it poses a problem if our domain is not listed in Google’s index (e.g doesn’t return a result in Google)
Even with no optimisation at all, a search for your domain should return your website in position 1. If it doesn’t then it is likely Google doesn’t know your site exists.
There a few ways to get Google to index your website. The simplest way is through their URL submission form.
Another method is by generating links to your website from other site’s that are in Google’s index, as Google comes back to re-spider these pages your link will be found and your site spidered as a result.
My personal favourite, as i believe every site should use Google’s webmaster tools and Analytics is to sign up for both of these services for your website. This will alert Google to your website’s existence.
Currently Google is spidering websites at an incredible rate. So once your website has been found it should be a short (unknown and variable) time period before your site is coming up in a search.
Know that you have your site in Google, it opens a whole new world of keywords and optimisation.
If you know of any other methods of notifying Google of your website’s existence please comment below.