Add Your Blog to Google Directly

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series.]

Doh! I didn't know...!

***UPDATE – Looks like Google has eliminated this feature. Nice! One less thing to do, right?**

It never fails to surprise me how some of the most basic strategies to increase one’s blog presence and traffic on the web are never actually employed!

I’ve done a poll in a live audience before and have asked them this question:

How many of you have submitted your blogs to Google directly?

Crazy how perhaps 1 out of 10 actually raised their hand! Of course, the moment I asked that question I saw some anxious faces who desperately felt like they were missing out and who desperately wanted to know how to do it.

“Easy!” I said. All you have to do is go here:

Head over to Google’s URL Site and just put in your information. Don’t forget the “http://”!

That’s it! Easy, right? I’ve seen some sites who have struggled to get indexed find this as a great starter place and seen some results. Other sites may not be impacted at all, but it’s worth doing anyway.

Do it for your blog(s) and then tell someone else!

Ok, ‘fess up: How many of you haven’t done this yet?

Don’t Forget Yahoo! and Bing!

Of course you’ll want to do the same thing for Yahoo! and Bing.

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series.]

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