SEO is a very big sea and to understand SEO, we should know all the basic terminology of SEO. Crawling and indexing are two such words, which are the basis of SEO. If you have been in the web world for a while you must be aware of the terms Google Crawling and Indexing. These are the two terms on which the whole web world depends. Lets understand both the words and get more in-depth information about the same.
Crawling means the visit of Google to track your web page. This process is done by Spider of Google crawler. Indexing means when crawling has been done putting the results on Google’s index .
What is Google Crawling:
Crawling means follow a path. In SEO word, crawling means following your links and crawling your Website. When bots come to your Website (On any page), it follows other linked page and crawl your site. This is one reason we create site map, as it contains all the links of our blog and bots uses it to deep crawl our pages.
Usually we stop crawling of a certain part of our site is by using Robots.txt file.
What is Google indexing:
In layman word, Indexing is the process of adding Webpages into Google search. Depending upon what meta tag you used for your page (Index or NO-index), Google crawl and index your pages. No-index means that page will not be added in Web search. By default any WordPress post or pages are indexable.
A good idea for better search engine ranking is to let only vital part of your blog/Website be in index and do not index un-necessary archive like tags, categories and all such pages.
There are millions of websites on this earth but are everyone satisfied with the crawling rate?? No!! Even you must have felt this at the beginning that why aren’t your articles getting indexed. Let us see some major factors which play important role at the backend of crawling and indexing:
Since the Google Panda update domain name importance has risen significantly and domains that include the main keyword are given importance. Also the crawling rate is high for those domains that have good PR.
The more the number of backlinks you have more trust worthy and reputation you are in the eyes of search engine. If you have good rankings but certainly you aren’t earning any backlinks for your site Search engine may assume that you have low quality content.
There have been so many discussions regarding the internal linking also known as deep linking. People even suggest to use the anchor text within the same article as it helps in Deep linking of site.
- Interlink blog post like a pro using SEO smart link plugin
- Interlink your old post to keep your readers for long
- Quickly interlink your blog post with Insight WordPress plugin
The moment you setup a site in WordPress you are advised to use XML sitemap so that your sitemaps can be auto generated and google can be informed about your blog/website pages and it can be crawled.
This could be really penalizing for you. Recently I found a site which had so many repetitions of same para’s in different posts which was banned by Google because of this practice. Try not to have any duplicate content in your site. Fix all your re-directs 301 and 404 pages for better optimization.
- How to fix replytocom issue to avoid duplicate content issue
- Use Robots.txt to fight against duplicate content on your site
Create SEO friendly URL for each page on your site as this keeps huge importance in SEO terms.
Have unique and less competitive meta tags for your website so that you can be at top rankings .
Make sure you have added all the main ping sites to your WordPress. WordPress also has auto-pinging feature which will inform search engines and ping sites about your updates available.
- Read: WordPress ping list
Optimizing using these basic techniques can really help you to get the best crawl rate for your website so make sure you try all these.