If you are using the Kalatu blog and you made the decision to map your domain, you’ll notice that it is harder to rank in the beginning.
Because the search engines don’t know your site yet, because there hasn’t been a lot of activities, it takes a long time to get ranked.
Since 2014 the search engines are more focused on ranking domains with authority.
Authority domains are usually old domains and domains with a lot of visitors.
As an intelligent blogger you are most likely using the Kalatu blogging platform. But the steps that we will go through are also applicable with community blogs like Blogger or wordpress.com
The Kalatu blog comes with the “buildingabrandonline.com domain name.
This is an old domain name with a lot of authority. This means that you will rank in the search engines really fast.
But especially if you want to use your own domain you have to make sure your domain is indexed.
Let me take you through these 5 simple steps to index your mapped domain with any page that you have as long as it’s mapped to YOUR domain.
1.) Using your OWN Domain; Map your Blog
If you are using a community blogging platform, that means that there are a lot of other bloggers creating content on one specific domain name. Because of this we call it a dynamic website. If you want to know more about dynamic websites and what they can do for you, you might want to read this article.
Because there is a community posting content on one specific domain it will increase the overall authority.
The domain of the community blogging platform is not yours, so therefore you want to map your domain so you can build your own authority.
Most community blogging platforms really want your content. So usually they will offer you the ability to map your own domain.
In the Kalatu blog back office you’ll find a clear tutorial on how to map your domain.
Tip: Don’t use the “free” blogging platforms if you are considering monetizing your blog. It happens that they close down your account if you place affiliate links. They only allow their own advertisement.
Now that you have mapped your domain lets head on to step # 2
2.) Go to Google webmaster and add your domain.
I didn’t know about this for a long time, but the best thing you can do for any of your websites or blogs is connect it with webmasters so that you can index your site immediately. You can also submit a sitemap, check crawl rates, see what impressions are given for your pages and lots more.
Using the community blogging platforms domain won’t allow you to do this. Mapping your own domain allows you to connect with Google Webmasters and officially verify that you have admin access over the content pages.
3.) Verify your domain.
To verify your domain with Google Webmaster tools you need to choose your provider and follow the instructions given to you.
This might get a little bit technical, but just take it step by step.
When you have clicked the Add site and filled in your domain you have to choose your provider. (this is where bought you domain name)
So pick your provider out of the drop down list and follow the instructions given. They will tell you specifically what to do to verify the domain.
Although it is basically all the same all the providers will have different steps or layouts.
So if you get stuck just go to Youtube and do a search on “how to verify your Google Webmasters domain with…….(your provider) and there will absolutely be some one who made a tutorial for you.
After your verification is complete, you will have access to the admin dashboard all the features.
And… Well-done! You are now officially a Google Webmaster!
4.) Index your new blog instantly
Now that you are a Google Webmaster you can now index your new content instantly.
Normally you would have to wait hours, days and sometimes even weeks, like most people. You would have to wait for the Google spiders to come a long and crawl your pages.
But you have now the advantage of being ahead of the game and get instantly rewarded for your hard work.
So, when you have finished your post, go back to the first page of the webmasters/tools you can click on your link.
On the left hand side of the Webmaster Tools you’ll see a few options.
To index your blog post follow these 4 simple steps:
- Click on Crawl
- Click on Fetch as Google
- Submit your URL (only the last part)
- Click on Fetch
Tip: You can use links that you just published or go back and re-index all the links that you have on your domain individually.
5.) Submit to Index and Crawl this URL
Are you ready?
Because, this is what will keep you in the game.
The final step…
You have mapped your domain.
You have added your site to Google Webmaster tools.
You have verified that you own the domain.
You have fetched your page using the Google spiders.
Are you ready for instant indexation?
Click “Submit to Index.”
A screen will pop up and ask you if you want to Crawl this URL…..Yes!
Two options will be offered and one will have the option to crawl with all of the direct links.
You can use 10 of these submissions a month and advice you to use at least one of them for your home page.
The other option will give you 500 submissions so go and index all of the pages that you have.
After about five minutes copy the URL of the blog post and do a search.
If you see your page listed, then you are officially indexed.
Tip: make sure that you are logged out of your Google account to get a objective outcome.
Another option is to go to Google Chrome and click on the icon of a “little man” and in the drop down menu you will see “go incognito”
You will be directed to a new page.
In the URL you will write your blog post title and hit “enter”
Your post will be there and if you used the right keywords it good just as well be on the first page!
This is about getting indexed, getting ranked for certain keywords is about many factors including your on page SEO and off page SEO.