What happens to your website once it’s live?
You have just got a brand new website, which looks amazing, and you can’t wait for people to visit it. As we know, the majority of people first turn to Google when they want to search online to find services, ideas, tutorials – the list is endless. Every day Google answers more than one billion questions from people around the globe in 181 countries and 146 languages (source: Google.com). Therefore, a good ranking on Google Search is one of the key things you are going to want to achieve for your website. Of course once people visit, you want to keep them there, but that’s a whole other conversation.
Google has created an index of websites and this is what people have access to when they use the search engine. It is constantly looking for new websites and new content (which is why it’s important to keep your website updated). At redhotblue, once we have designed and developed a new website, the next thing we do is submit it to Google’s index. Google sends out its Googlebots or ‘spiders’ to crawl new sites and rank according to links and content. However, the most important thing to remember is that this doesn’t happen overnight. We generally allow 10 days for the site to be indexed so if you can’t find your site straight away, be patient as the Googlebots are working hard in the background to make it all happen.
Here is a great video which goes through the indexing process and makes it easy to understand – http://bit.ly/1czzh2M