How to Submit Your Website to Search Engines: Beginner’s Guide

So, you’re ready to publish your website! You’ve done your research, thoroughly mulled over your content, and are on your way to establishing a cohesive brand. Overflowing with excitement, you hit that publish button (!!!) and immediately expect to see your website appear in Google. That’s how it works right!? Well, maybe, but it isn’t a guarantee.

Search engines first have to “crawl” and “index” your site — simply the process of analyzing and categorizing your content — in order to include yours in relevant search results. This process will happen automatically in time, but to expedite and ensure results, you’ll want to manually submit your site to each search engine. 

Our partners at .US domains have put together a beginner’s guide to walk you through each step in the site submission process. Read on to get started.

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From our Partners at .US Domains

Search engines are the largest source of traffic for most websites, especially if you’re running a new venture. Think about it: if you’re a brand new, local jewelry shop, customers are more likely going to type in “local jewelry store” or “jewelry stores near me” instead of your actual business name. That’s why it is important to make sure that these website giants can easily identify and list your site pages in search results.

While most search engines can automatically find your website thanks to built-in bots, submitting your site manually will help you get discovered by search engines much faster.

Especially if you’re a new business owner aiming to boost your company’s online presence, getting listed on search engines is basically a free marketing move. This will save you from having to spend on online ads. Leverage the power of organic search. 

Let’s get started.

For the sake of simplicity and practicality, we’ll start with how to get your site listed on Google, the largest and most important search engine of all. More than 90% of the world uses Google for search engine purposes. That’s a stat that simply cannot be ignored by business owners. If you haven’t already, reserve your business domain now to ensure you land a short and memorable URL for your business.  

Submitting your website to Google

If you’re launching a brand-new site, first visit the Google Search Console and follow the steps to verify that you own the site. Google will require you to add a small snippet of code to your site to prove ownership. Once you’ve verified your site on the Google Search Console, follow these next steps:

  1. Index new pages. Log into Google Search Console and select “URL Inspection” from the left side menu. Add your specific URL string to get Google to crawl your new page.  
  2. Then click enter and select “Request Indexing.” After Google processes the URL, it will say “Indexing requested.” 
  3. Click “Got it” and give it a few hours to complete the process.

This is a beginner’s approach to submitting your website to Google. If you need additional resources, visit Google’s guide to submitting a site

Creating a Google Business Listing

Once you’ve added your website to the Google Search Console, you will also want to create a Google Business Listing for your property. Google My Business is a core element of SEO, especially for brick-and-mortar business. Think about those “coffee shop near me” searches. In order to ensure your business is included in local search results, create (and maintain!) an accurate and up-to-date Google Business Listing. Thankfully, Google has made this process quick and painless for busy business owners. Steps include:

  1. Set up a Google account (if you don’t already have one).
  2. Sign into the Google Business platform.
  3. Follow the steps to enter your business information including: Business Name, Address, Phone Number, Website and Hours of Operation.
    1. Note: If you are an online only business, you can leave the address field blank, and check “I deliver goods and services to my customers” and then check the box for “Hide my address (it’s not a store)” option that appears below.
  1. Choose your geographical service area and business category.
  2. Then click “verify.”

After verifying your business, be sure to optimize your listing by adding photos, video, and a thorough business description.

Once you’ve gotten your website on Google, be sure to get on the other major search engines as well (including Bing, which is powered by both Yahoo and Microsoft). 

Submitting your website to Bing

Similar to Google, the process to submit your site on Bing is even more streamlined. If you’ve already verified your website via the Google Search Console, simply import the work you’ve already done.

  1. Log onto Bing Webmaster Tools, then click “Get Started.” You can verify your website using the Google Search Console Option or re-verify manually through Bing.
  1. Once your site is verified, log back into your Bing Webmaster Tools account and go to “Configure My Site.” 
  2. Select “Submit URLs.” 
  3. Paste in the individual URLs into each line, then click “Submit”

Remember that it can take a few hours or even a few days to get indexed. But it’s worth the wait, and well worth the benefits.

Most importantly, to get indexed and stay indexed in a search engine’s results, make sure you are creating high-quality and purposeful content. Anything subpar will be marked as spam.

Ready to get started!? If you’re looking to launch your first site, make your message count with right extension. Secure your perfect domain today. 

7 Visually Compelling .Cloud Domain Names that Stand Out in the Digital-First Economy

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Over the past year we have seen digital innovation take center stage as we continue to transform into a digital-first economy. One of the popular domain extensions leading that digital race is .cloud. Is .cloud for startups? Yes. It is for household names? Yes. Is it for nephologists!? Obviously, yes!

Check out these 7 modern businesses using a .cloud domain name to highlight their innovation. 

Power.cloud 

powercloud is the energy industry’s leading platform for simplified processing and billing services. Say goodbye to inflexible and outdated IT and hello a new energy standard you won’t soon forget.

By combining the strong keyword such as “power” with the domain .cloud, the brand successfully created a pretty unforgettable domain name — one that sounds like a modern-day superhero and packs an energizing punch! POWERCLOUD! BLAM!

Blue.cloud

A global leader in cloud solutions with an exceptional focus on innovation, blue.cloud helps enterprises migrate to the cloud. They offer the full sweep of services to simplify, modernize, and digitalize businesses.

As far as domain names go, blue.cloud is short, memorable, and comes with a satisfying visual (a sweet little blue cloud drifting by simplifying all your operations). Plus, the color blue in the tech world has come to be associated with trust and intelligence. Think of all the leading tech brands you know well, there’s a good chance blue is at least part of their logo (and if not, just think of another so my point still stands). I could lead you down a lengthy road of reasons why brands often opt for blue, but I’ll leave that for another post.

All to say — blue.cloud is a noteworthy domain that hits all the industry marks with just two compelling words.

Screen.cloud

ScreenCloud provides digital signage for smart organizations. Makes sense right? Digital screens. ScreenCloud. We love to see it. Insider knowledge: screen.cloud was the first ever .cloud domain to go live back in 2015 as part of the .Cloud Registry’s pre-launch campaign.

Watching this early stage startup transform into a sustainable and global business shows just how far the right domain name can take you. They weren’t afraid to select a new top-level domain over a more traditional domain choice, and for them, it definitely paid off!

Alchemy.cloud

Alchemy is an enterprise SaaS company that develops software to help modernize the specialty chemicals industry. As a company that powers the digital lab of the future, a modern domain name was a must. 

Here’s another example of combining a powerful keyword with a tech-forward domain extension like .cloud to create a highly memorable domain name. As a company that accelerates digital transformation in the chemicals industry and is built on modern technology such as AI, Alchemy.cloud is equal parts magical and modern. Cue the bubbling beaker.

Reporting.cloud

ReportingCloud enables developers to create documents with simple HTTP requests. We love to see .cloud leveraged for the developer audience.

ReportingCloud is the brainchild of Text Control, a leading vendor of word processing and reporting components for Windows, web and mobile development technologies. As a SaaS product specializing in reporting and templates, it makes perfect sense to brand their product Reporting.cloud. Simple, straightforward, and highly effective — that’s what the best domain names are all about! 

Tldr.cloud 

This one is for all our internet-lingo-savvy folks (and Reddit aficionados). We had to include one objectively fun domain name into the lineup, and tldr.cloud was our top pick. 

For those unfamiliar with the acronym, “tl;dr” (with or without the semicolon) is internet speak for “too long; didn’t read,” used to signal a summary of the original lengthy post.

Tldr.cloud has morphed this Reddit-born concept into a browser extension that offers concise summaries of the day’s top news. Now that’s one domain name that just makes perfect sense.

tl;dr: Cool name for a cool site.

Golf.cloud 

Here’s another promising personal app that‘s currently in beta. Golf.cloud is your all-inclusive clubhouse for everything golf — including stats, analytics, coaching and news. That’s all we know for now! But we’ll definitely be keeping our eyes on this one. Did someone say, “Fore”!?

Your Domain for Digital Transformation

Whether you’re looking to start your own .cloud enterprise, or just browsing for general domain tips, hopefully you now know right where to start. That button below awaits 😉

The One Tweak You Can Make To Your Website Copy To Get More Customers

If you’ve invested a lot of time into your website, chances are you’ve probably encountered this situation before: you are happy with how your website looks, what is says, and who might check it out. You may have even noticed that you’ve earned some visits to your website. However, not a lot of people are engaging with your content; they’re not contacting you or buying your product/service. What gives? While there are plenty of tools you can use to analyze your website visitor behavior, this post discusses how you can tweak your website copy to get more customers. Continue reading