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How to Quickly Check That Your Website Is Listed in a Google Search

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Here is a short guide to help you check if your website is listed in Google Search and also some useful tips if you experience any problems.

Before you start, it is a good idea to make a note of how many pages you have on your site and the page names.

STEP 1: Go to Google search to find out if your website has been listed by adding the prefix site: then your domain name.

If you have bought two domains but with different extensions like .co.uk and .com it is important you try both. See the example below of how Google would check to see if their domain name ending in .co.uk has been listed. The results show that Google’s site is listed and a description of five pages they created.

Google search listing

STEP 2: Now repeat ‘STEP 1’ but with your domain name.

If you see a list of results showing all your web pages, congratulations your website has been listed.


TROUBLESHOOTING

Why has my website not been listed?
If your site did not produce any results try the following tips:

Tip #1 - Have you forgotten to submit your site to Google’s Search Console?

Screenshot of a speedometer with different colours with a text heading saying improve your performance on Google Search

Yes, then create an account with Google first, then add your website to Google’s Search Console.

Tip #2 - How long ago did you submit your website?
If your site is new, it is possible Google might not have had a chance to list it yet.

Tip #3 - Check the email account you registered with Google for any messages.
It is also worth checking your spam folder.

Tip #4 - When did you last log into Google’s Search Console?
If you opted out of all communication from Google, it is important to check for messages and updates regularly.

Tip #5 - Check if your website has a security issue or is infected with malware by using Sucuri SiteCheck. All you need to do is add your domain name, and within minutes, the results will confirm if your website scan is clean or infected.

Screenshot of Sucuri free website malware and security scanner

Tip #6 – It is possible that somehow, Google did not get your request or it got missed.
Ask Google to recrawl your page from the search console and check back in 48-72 hours to see if it is listed.

Why are not all of my web pages showing?
If your site did not produce all the results, or it produced more than you expected try the following tips:

Tip #1 – Did you add a sitemap to Google when you submitted your site to Google’s Search Console?
No, then you can create one by using a sitemap generator like XML – Sitemaps.com to crawl your website.

Screenshot of xml sitemaps.com which let you create an xml sitemap

Tip #2 – Does your website have a robots.txt file? This text file tells Google what pages can or cannot be listed.
To check or create a robots.txt file click here to be redirected to Google’s page which provides further advice.

Screenshot of how to create a robots.txt file

Tip #3 – Repeat Step 2 again, but this time add the following then your domain name
site:www.
site:http://
sites:https://

Tip #4 – Login to Google’s Search Console for further clues.


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