How to Have Google Crawled Your Site Anytime You Want
I have not been writing for a week because I have been busy with my brother’s wedding. But this does not stop me from making money online because the website is always working for me 24/7. No off day for your online business unless you take your site down.
Again, congratulation to the newly-wedded couples – Theodore and Catherine.
A friend of mine is working on the SEO of his website, eagerly want to have his site rank on top of Google SERPs fast! He just can’t wait for his site to be seen on the top of Google. He then keep adding contents, new articles, build back links to his site etc and he keep monitoring how fast his site moves up in Google ranking. However, he noticed that his site only get cached every 10-14 days by Google. And therefore he didn’t see frequent changes to the ranking of his site. As he is so desperate to see his site improves in ranking fast enough, he called me up and check if there is any way to speed up this process.
In case you don’t know why Google cache or crawl a site, let me give you a brief explanation here. Google crawls and takes a snapshot of each page it examines and caches (stores) that version as a back-up in Google’s server. The cached version is what Google uses to judge if a page is a good match for your query. If you click on the cached link next to the ulr of the search result, you will see the cached date and also the highlight of the keywords you are searching. It is particularly useful for Google to store the page on their server when the original page is down or unavailable. Google can still show the page because it is stored in their server, and it will load faster because we all know Google’s server is always faster.
I think it is worth for me to share my reply to him here as well because I believe there are many people out there having the same question. There are few ways you can attract Google to cache (crawl) your site frequently or at the time you want it to be crawled:
1. Ping your site – Add new content to your site frequently as Google like new contents. Ping your site after adding new content. I love to use the service of Pingomatic.com, Pingoat.com and Pingler.com. A lot of times, Google will Cache your site instantly after the Ping. Pinging your site is the online equivalent of waving a flag and yelling, “Hey! Check this Out! We have new content here.” to search engines.
2. More Back Links – Google will automatically cache your site more frequent as compared to other sites if your site is popular (high Page Rank) and have many quality back links.
3. Your hosting server – If your hosting server is fast enough and can cope with the crawl rate, then Google will cache or crawl more pages of your site. This will make sure your new page get crawled faster.
4. Site Map – Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling. One can always submit the site map (usually in XML file) to Google Webmaster Tools. Web crawlers usually discover pages from links within the site and from other sites. Sitemaps supplement this data to allow crawlers that support Sitemaps to pick up all URLs in the Sitemap and learn about those URLs using the associated metadata. To generate a XML sitemap, you can create one at xml-sitemaps.
5. Coding- Tell Google to crawl your site at certain interval by adding this coding in your script: <meta name=”Revisit-after” content=”5days”><meta name=”Rating” content=”GENERAL”>. You can change the number of days to your preference. But this does not guarantee Google will do according to what you say.
I personally love option 1 most. It is easy and it always have my new page crawled within seconds after I Ping my new site. The best part of it is, you can Ping your site any time you want!
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