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Index your website in Google Search Console (SEO)
Index your website in Google Search Console (SEO)
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Understanding SEO

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and is a set of ways and tools to improve your website's content for search engines like Google or Bing.

A simple way to think of SEO is the image and text shown when searching or sharing for a website or page.

Example:

  • LinkedIn post of a link with SEO

    Linkedin post of a web page with SEO
  • WhatsApp sharing of a link with SEO

    WhatsApp sharing of a link with SEO

Set up general SEO for a Durable site

The general SEO configuration can be found on the Home page setup:

  1. Go to Website > Edit.

  2. Click "Manage pages" at the top and click the gear icon next to the page title.

  3. Scroll to the SEO section to change the image and description.

Notice that when creating a new page, a specific SEO is also already generated, so if you want to edit this, you can edit it in the above section.

This is how the page settings menu looks like without any SEO:

You can add it by clicking "Generate SEO" or Add SEO manually.

Set up indexing and add the header HTML code from Google.

Verification

  1. Open Google Search Console and add the website URL.

    • Don't know your website URL? Please go to Website> Settings in the Durable dashboard to see the primary domain.

  2. Copy the HTML tag here.

  3. In another browser tab, go to Website > Settings in the Durable dashboard. Paste the HTML tag in the Header section, and click "Save."

  4. Go back to the Google Search Console page and click "Vefify."

Verification is finished.

Property

  1. Next, click Go to Property.

  2. Click Sitemaps. Type "sitemap" and click submit. It may take a few minutes or a refresh to see if it was successfully added.

Inspect the URL

  1. Click URL inspection on the left-hand side.

  2. Type your website URL in the search bar and hit enter.

  3. Click "REQUEST INDEXING."

Your website URL was added to a priority crawl queue. Submitting a page multiple times will not change its queue position or priority.

The website will appear in Google Search after several days to a few weeks (depending on the propagation of Google servers, this could take longer).

For details about Google Search Console, please see the Google Search Console Help Centre.

Remove certain pages from indexing

You can remove certain pages from indexing.

  1. Go to Website > Edit website.

  2. Click "Manage Pages" at the top middle.

  3. Click the gear icon next to the page you would like to remove from the sitemap.

  4. Scroll down to the SEO section and enable the toggle "Remove from sitemap."

  5. Click "Save" in the sidebar and top bar again.


Google Search Console FAQ

I already requested indexing. Why can't I see my website in the search results?

The website will appear in Google Search after several days to a few weeks (depending on the propagation of Google servers, this could take longer).

Crawling can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Be patient and monitor progress using either the Index Status report or the URL Inspection tool.

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