AF2 reading questions – how long does it take?March 9, 2012 10:05 pm Blogs, SEO
A question that came up recently was “how long does it take a blog to become live in Google?”. Here I hope to be able to answer that question.
I’ve chosen the phrase ‘AF2 reading questions’ – it’s a phrase that has nothing to do with the Custwin business, isn’t going to be typed by millions of people, but those who do type it would be interested in landing on a website that helped them in some way.
I don’t remember the day that I realised Custwin blogs would get listed in Google immediately – I just recall thinking “that’s cool that it happened so fast”. I do believe that having the blog in WordPress is an advantage but also, having a history of being a blogger will also help. There have been many Custwin blogs over the years, quite regularly, and so there will be some trust built up with Google. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be a blog – it could be any page of your website that you want to be visible.
The first test you can do is to copy/paste a chunk of text from a website page into the Google search box and see if your website page appears in the first page of results. If it doesn’t immediately, put quotation marks around the text (use a good 10 words or so) and see if it gets visibility. In most cases you’ll see your page appear, which means that Google knows it’s there.
Assuming that you see your page appear (and if you don’t, ask me for advice!) the question in your head is “how quickly did that page get picked up by Google?”. The only way to find out is to create a completely new page on a particular subject and make sure the url of the page is the phrase you want to be visible under (perhaps with a modification such as the ‘how long does it take?’ added to the ‘AF2 reading questions’ of this blog posting – so that it looks more ‘plain English’). Ensure that the page has a reasonable amount of content (a few hundred words) and then publish it as a new page.
Check after a day to see if your page appears when you input the phrase that you focused the page on. If it appears after a day then brilliant – run another test page but this time check to see if it appears in Google an hour after publication. If it doesn’t appear after a day, check after another day … and so on. The longer your page takes to get picked up by Google, the more work you have to do. Write more pages/blogs – keep it quite regular, and make the content useful/interesting.
To be honest, the actual wording within this particular blog is rubbish – thrown together in a few minutes and not given the attention it could be. So please don’t take this as the definitive guide to getting a blog listed quickly. The primary purpose is to show that, once Google starts to ‘like’ a website then it’ll display pages/blogs quickly in the search results. But that trust has to be earnt.
Sods law says that, having focused on this subject of AF2 reading questions, and going public about how quickly Custwin blogs usually appear on the first page of Google, it won’t work this time. So here goes, the time is 22:05 on Friday 9th March and I’m just about to hit the publish button. If it’s quick, I’ll add a comment. If it’s not, I’ll cry.