Before you can claim your spot at the top of the Google search results, you first need to get your site crawled and indexed by the Google spider.
The amount of time that it takes to get your site crawled and indexed in Google will depend on several important factors.
One of the most common questions that we receive from new website owners is:
“I set my site live two weeks ago and Google still hasn’t indexed it, how come?”
The truth is, getting a website crawled and indexed by Google in 2022 is far more complicated than it was five or six years ago. Google crawlers are busy; the latest data suggests that there are more than 200-million active websites globally, with Google including more than 55-billion web pages in its index.
In 2022, websites must be easy to crawl and deliver value to visitors. Publishing low quality, duplicate, or copied content can leave your website on the sidelines.
How Long Will It Take Google to Index My Site?
The amount of time it takes Google to index your site will depend on the size and complexity of your site structure. Google can index smaller websites in 4-days to 6-weeks, while larger websites can take more than 6-months to completely index in Google.
In general, the larger the website and the more similar the content is across various web pages (think: e-commerce sites with thousands of similar pages), the longer it will take for Google to crawl and index a website.
Indexing time by website size
- Small websites (less than 100 pages) – 4-days to 6-weeks
- Medium websites (up to 1,000 pages) – 14-days to 12-weeks
- Large websites (1,000+ web pages) – 1-month to 6-months
- Extra Large websites (100,000+ web pages) – 6-months+
These figures are for indicative purposes only. The amount of time it takes for Google to index your website will depend on a myriad of technical factors, content quality, and the industry in which your website operates. If your website exceeds the above timelines by more than 50%, we recommend speaking with an SEO consultant – there may be more significant issues at play.
How can I make Google index my site faster?
Google crawls and indexes billions of new web pages every day. To stay on top, you need to create a website that is easy for Google to crawl and share content that is worthy of being included in Google’s index. If crawl bots cannot find, access, and crawl the various pages on your website, it will take longer for your website to index.
- Create an internal linking structure that encourages website crawling
- Check for website errors or usability problems
- Regularly update your site and add new content
- Earn high-quality backlinks from other reputable websites
- Improve website architecture and basic technical SEO principles
- Have a dynamic XML sitemap and submit it to Google Search Console
- Create an HTML sitemap and update it on your website as pages change
- Request an individual URL crawl (note: this is not as effective as it once was)
- Syndicate new content to social media platforms
- Create valuable website content
- Review your website URL structure
Google wants to index websites that provide value to users. Work your way through the above checklist to ensure that your website is delivering value and worthy of being included in Google’s index.
How can I check if my website has been crawled by Google?
To check if your website has been crawled or the last time that a page was crawled by Google, you need to set up and familiarise yourself with Google Search Console. The average crawl time for a new web page can be anywhere from 3 days to 4-weeks.
Once you have configured Google search console, you can follow these directions:
- Login to Google Search Console
- Navigate to ‘Settings’ on the left-hand side menu
- In the settings section, find ‘Crawl Stats’
- Click ‘Open Report’
- You can view the ‘Crawl Requests Breakdown’ section to find crawl by response code
That’s it – you’re done! Searching through the crawl requests breakdown by response code, you will be able to see the last time that a Google crawl bot visited individual website pages.
In 2022, Google search bots have a lot on their plate. 200-million active websites and more than 55-billion indexed web pages mean that crawl bots are in high demand, which means that your website must be accessible and valuable to be included in Google’s index.
If your website is technically sound, but you still cannot get it to index, it’s essential to ask yourself, “is my site worthy of being indexed by Google?”. Creating content and delivering an on-site experience that provides real value to visitors is an essential consideration when Google crawls, indexes, and ranks websites.