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How Do I Submit My Site To Google?

The best way to get your site listed quickly on Google is to submit your sitemap in Google's Search Console (formerly Google Webmasters).

To do this you'll need to open a Google Webmasters account, if you have a Google account already you should be able to get started quite quickly, otherwise you'll need to sign up.

Once you've logged in you'll see the button for "Add A Property", this is where you will tell Google about your website. Add your full website address including http:// or https:// in the box provided and click Continue.

Now you'll need to verify that you have authority over the website, to do this Google will ask you to add some unique code to your website. There's a couple of ways to do this, but the best way with Create is to add the meta-tag (in the alternative methods tab) and publish your site. Check out our step-by-step guide to verify your website with Google Search Console in a couple of minutes.

Once you've added the code and published your site, you need to tell Google it's there, so it can verify you. If you've followed the steps above, click the "Alternate Methods" tab, select "HTML Tag" and click the Verify button. You should see a congratulations message if this has been done correctly and click Continue.

Now you're ready to submit your sitemap:

  1. Click on Crawl on the left hand menu
  2. Click on Sitemaps on the left hand menu
  3. Click the button for "Add/Test Sitemap" and enter sitemap.xml in the box after your verified domain name
  4. Press Submit Sitemap.

How to add your sitemap to Google Webmasters

Google will now place your sitemap in it's queue and when you reach the top it's googlebot spider will visit the sitemap and index your pages. Once it has done so you'll be able to see how many pages are appearing in the index and whether it found any problems while spidering the site.

Sitemap submitted to Google Webmaster Tools

Did you know your website will be automatically submitted to search engines each time you publish? Unless you remove this feature, you can save time by automatically submitting the newest version of your site. See our HelpCentre guide "Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Introduction And How To Submit Your Website" for details.