How to Submit your Openresume Website to Google (Easy Step-by-Step Guide)

“How do I submit a website to Google?” is a question we are regularly asked here at Openresume. So, we have put together this step-by-step beginner’s guide showing you how Openresume supports your site on google and how to submit your site to Google for search performance tracking. 

In this guide, you will learn:

  • How to find out if your site has already been indexed by Google.
  • Why and how to register your website with Google Search Console.
  • How to submit a website sitemap via Google Search Console.
  • How to use the URL Inspection tool to submit individual URLs.

We will also discuss some tips regarding what else you can do to help your website rank well in Google Search.

Let’s get started…

Do you need to submit a website to Google?

Before we get started, I am just going to emphasize that submitting your website to Google is not something you have to do. 

Google finds sites and indexes content using web crawlers. These bots explore the internet, regularly checking sites’ content, as well as finding new websites. The majority of websites are found by bots and haven’t been manually listed with Google. 

Also, if your site is an Openresume.io website when you create your site, the openresume system will regularly inform google about your site for crawling and indexing.

However, you may wish to submit your website to Google if…

  • You want more control over your website search
  • Your site hasn’t been indexed on Google yet (we will discuss how to find this out next)
  • You add new content to a particular page and want it immediately indexed.

By submitting your site to Google, you are ensuring that Google is aware of your site’s presence, which can help you rank in Google more quickly.

How to check if Google has already found your site

If you are unsure whether your site has been detected and indexed by Google’s spiders, then you can check for yourself.

To do so, type site:mywebsite.com into Google search. You will now get a list of all the pages, posts, and other content types that are listed with Google. 

Google Site search result example

If Google doesn’t return any results, then Google hasn’t been able to find and index your site yet. Not to panic, it is either our system is yet to inform google about your site or google is yet to honor the request and index your site. In any case, it is a good idea to submit your site to Google to give you more control over how your site appears on google and get your site search analytics. 

The first step in this process is to register with Google Search Console. So, let’s find out how to do that…

Register your website with Google Search Console

Google search console home

Registering your website with Google Search Console is a must if you want to control how your website interacts with Google Search. Here are just a few of the benefits Google Search Console provides

  • Get content indexed by Google – Once you register with Google Search Console, you can submit sitemaps and individual URLs.
  • URL inspection – View detailed crawl, index, and serving information about your pages.
  • View search analytics – Find out which search terms bring users to your site, analyze page positions in Google Search, and much more.

Registering your site with Google Search Console is free, quick, and easy. To do so, open the Google Search Console page and click Start Now. Then, under Domain, enter your website’s URL

Google search console add domain property

Google will now give you a list of options to verify that you own your site. If you’re already using Google Analytics, you can verify your site by using your existing Google Analytics tracking code.

You may use any of the various methods that google provides to verify your website ownership with Google. We recommend using the DNS record method if you are using a custom domain with your openresume website.

However, if you are using the default openresume URL, such as“yourname.openresume.io”, you cannot use the DNS record method. You can use either the HTML Tag method or the HTML File.

If you choose to verify with the HTML tag method, Google will display a code that you will need to enter into the head of your website. To do this, copy and paste the code into the HTML Tag section of your openresume website.

You will need to log into your openresume account and go to portfolio settings. Click on Integrations and select google search. Paste the HTML Tag code you copied from google into the Google HTML Tag Field. Next, Click Save.

You may need to wait about 5 minutes, then Verify your site with Google Search Console. 

Alternatively, if you choose to verify via the HTML File method, download the verification HTML file and upload it to the HTML File field in the Google search verification page on your openresume portal. Next click save. Return to the Google search console and verify your website ownership.

Submitting your sitemap

Openresume automatically generates a sitemap for you. Your sitemap is located at “YOURURL/sitemap.xml”. For example, https://johnson.openresume.io/sitemap.xml

Option 1. Submit your sitemap to Google Search Console

  1. Log in to Google Search Console
  2. Go to the right property
  3. Click “Sitemaps” on the left menu
  4. Paste in your sitemap URL
  5. Click “Submit”

Google Add Sitemap

This is arguably the best method because Google Search Console alerts you to sitemap errors in the future. It also provides insights into your site’s health, including why certain pages may not be indexed.

Option 2. Submit your sitemap by pinging Google

Google operates a “ping” service where you can request a fresh crawl of your sitemap. Just type this into your browser, replacing the end part with your sitemap URL:

http://www.google.com/ping?sitemap=<complete_url_of_sitemap>

For example, if your sitemap is located at yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml, you’d navigate to:

http://www.google.com/ping?sitemap=https://yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml

You should then see the “sitemap notification received” page.

Sitemap submission successful notification page

Google says you should only use this service with new or updated sitemaps. Don’t repeatedly submit or ping unchanged sitemaps multiple times.

You do not need to ping google about your sitemap unless you absolutely need to. Openresume periodically does this for you to ensure that Google has your most updated content.

How to submit URLs to Google

Generally speaking, there’s no need to submit each new page to Google. As long as the new URLs are in a sitemap that you already submitted to Google, they’ll be discovered eventually. However, there are two ways you can potentially speed up this process.

Option 1. Ping Google

Make sure the new pages are in your sitemap, then use the instructions in the previous section to ping Google and prompt them to re-check your sitemap. This isn’t totally as you are using openresume. The system pingGoogle automatically.

Option 2. Use Google’s URL Inspection Tool

It’s possible to add URLs to Google even if they’re not in your sitemap (although they should be) using the URL Inspection Tool in Google Search Console.

  1. Log in to Google Search Console
  2. Go to the right property
  3. Click “URL Inspection” on the left menu
  4. Paste in the URL of your new page
  5. Hit return
  6. Click “Request indexing”

If you only have one or two new pages, there’s no harm in doing this. Some people believe that it speeds up indexing. If you have lots of new pages to submit to Google, don’t use this process. It’s inefficient, and you’ll be there all day. Use the first option instead.

Do I need to submit my website to Google?

Kind of. Google will usually find and index any valuable pages eventually, even if you don’t submit them. But there are still benefits to submitting your website to Google.

Before we talk about these benefits, we should discuss how Google finds and indexes content.

How Google finds and indexes your content

Google finds and indexes content in four main steps.

SIDENOTE.

 These are somewhat oversimplified as Google is a complex engine. 

Step 1. Discover

Discovery is where Google learns that your website exists. Google finds most websites and pages from sitemaps or backlinks from known pages.

Step 2. Crawl

Crawling is where a computer program (spider) called Googlebot visits and downloads your pages.

Step 3. Process

Processing is where key information is extracted from the crawled pages and prepared for indexing.

Step 4. Index

Indexing is where processed information from crawled pages is added to a big database called the search index. This is essentially a digital library of trillions of web pages from which Google pulls search results.

Why submitting to Google is important

Each of the four steps above happens in order. It’s a journey. By submitting your website to Google, you can potentially speed up the first part of the process: Discovery.

Like any journey, the sooner you set off, the sooner you can arrive at your destination. In this case: indexing.

But there are a few other reasons why submitting a sitemap is important.

1. It tells Google which pages are important

Sitemaps don’t always include every page on your website. They only list important pages and exclude unimportant or duplicate pages. This helps to combat issues like the indexing of the wrong version of a page due to duplicate content issues.

2. It tells Google about new pages

Many CMS like Openresume add new pages to your sitemap and some ping Google automatically. This saves time having to submit every new page manually.

3. It tells Google about orphan pages

Orphan pages are pages without internal links from other pages on your website. Google can’t discover these pages through crawling unless they have backlinks from known pages on other sites. Submitting a sitemap partially solves this problem as orphan pages are usually included in sitemaps—at least those generated by openresume.

How long does it take for Google to index content?

Google says that crawling can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. (Remember that crawling is almost always a prerequisite to indexing.)

In my experience, unless you have a large website, it rarely takes more than a week or two.

But don’t worry if it takes a bit longer; it’s perfectly normal.

Why isn’t Google indexing my website?

Google won’t always index all of the URLs you submit. Although there are many reasons this can happen, here are a few of the most common:

1. You’ve blocked crawling

Robots.txt is a text file that tells Google which URLs they can and can’t crawl. Your robot.txt file on openresume tells google to crawl allow your website. 

Google will sometimes index URLs even if they can’t crawl them, but it’s quite rare. Preventing crawling also stops Google from obtaining much information about the page in question, so it probably won’t rank even if it’s indexed.

This is another reason to sign up and submit your website through Google Search Console. It actually tells you if pages are excluded from indexing due to crawl blocks in the Coverage report.

Here’s how to get to it:

  1. Log in to Google Search Console
  2. Choose the correct property
  3. Click “Coverage” on the left menu

From here, toggle the “Excluded” tab only and check for these three issues:

2. You’ve noindexed important pages

If there’s a meta robots tag or x‑robots-header on your page with “noindex” in the content attribute, Google won’t index it.

However, if you do not want Google to index your openresume site. Go to Portfolio settings, and check the prevent search engines from indexing my site option in the privacy setting.

3. You have low-value pages

Google is unlikely to index pages that don’t hold much value for searchers. Ensure that your website contains as much information as possible by providing quality content on your website.

Final thoughts

Even if your site is indexed in Google, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll rank on the first page of Google for your target keywords. Indexing means you’re in the race, not that you’ll win.

This is where SEO comes in. SEO is the practice of optimizing your website to increase its traffic from a search engine’s organic results. In this case: Google.