How to make your website searchable by Google and other search engines.

By default, new websites and blogs hosted on Sites@UCI block search engines from indexing the content. This is to give you time to set up your site and add your content. When you are ready for Google and other search engines to index your site, follow the steps below.

Allow Google and other search engines to index your site

  1. In the Admin Panel, click on Settings > Reading.
    Settings > Reading
  2. Or click on the Search Engines Discouraged link in the Admin bar to go there directly.
    Search Engines Discouraged
  3. You will see three options under Site Visibility.
  4. Choose “Allow search engines to index this site”
    Allow search engines
  5. Click Save Changes
  6. Google and other search engines will now be allowed to index the site to make it searchable. It may take 4-6 weeks or more for search engines to revisit your site and discover new content. You may be able to speed up the process by asking Google or Bing to index your site. See below.
    OIT has no control over when Google or other search engines index your site.

Check to see if Google can index your site

If you have changed the settings above, waited 4-6 weeks, and you still can’t find your site you can test to see if Google is indexing your site.

  1. Go to google.com
  2. In the search box, type site:yoursiteurl. For example, site:sites.uci.edu/sbass/
  3. If Google is able to index your site, you should see results.
    Google test - success
  4. If Google has not indexed your site, you will see a message that there are no search results.
    Search test fail
  5. If Google has not indexed your site, check your settings (see above).
  6. If your settings are correct, you can try to manually submit your site to possibly speed up the process. Unfortunately, OIT has no control over when search engines index new sites.
    1. Submit the site to Google
    2. Submit the site to Bing
  7. This Google page also has some more information and tips.

Google can index my site, but I still can’t find my site.

If your website is searchable, but you still can’t find it easily it may be low in the search results. Here are some tips to make your site rise in the rankings.

Content is Key

Make sure your content is relevant. Make sure your content includes the search terms you think people will use including your name, your lab name, etc. Update your site often. Sites that are kept up to date also rank higher in search results.

Link to the website from other appropriate locations

You can link to your website from other websites like the UCI Directory, your Faculty Profile, your school or department’s website, and your social networking sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook.

UCI Directory

  1. Login to PhUpdate
  2. Put your website in the home_page_url field.
  3. Click Submit Change Request
  4. Now when people search for you in the campus directory, they will also be able to find your site.

We hope these tips help. It can take some time before your website starts showing up and rising in the search results. Keep writing and publishing new content. The more relevant your content is, the more people will find it.