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Meng Lin
Meng Lin 31 January 2020

Why Can't You Find Your Website On Google?

Trying to figure out why your website isn’t appearing on Google? This short checklist will help Google find your site!

Have you tried searching for your website on Google and couldn’t find it? There’s a good chance that Google can’t find and index your website, which is a nightmare for SEO.

So why can’t Google find your site? Here’s a checklist to find the problem and possibly fix the issue. 

1. Wordpress Settings

Check to make sure WordPress isn’t blocking search engines from indexing your site

Login to your WordPress site, and make sure the Search Engine Visibility box is unticked:

2. Robots Meta Tag

The robots meta tag is a piece of code that is placed in the header of your pages.

If you right click on the page that can’t be found on Google, and click “View Page Source” – look for this particular code:

<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex,follow”/>

If you see the noindex, then you need to get your web developer to change it to index instead.

3. XML Sitemap

When you add a new page to your website, make sure that it gets added to your sitemap.

An XML sitemap is like a directory of all the pages of your website that gives search engines a listing of all your pages.

You can check your XML sitemap by going to www.yourwebsite.com.au/sitemap.xml

4. Robots.text File

The robots.txt file tells web robots which pages to crawl (and not crawl) on your website.

The robots.txt file also allows you to only allow specific bots to crawl your site and disallow others. To check your own robots.txt file – go to www.yourwebsite.com.au/robots.txt

The default robots.txt file for WordPress sites should look like this:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /wp-admin/
Allow: /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php


Bonus tip: Test your robots.txt file

Google offers a robots.txt file tester which you can use here: Robots.txt tester tool

You can put in any page from your website to see if Googlebot will be able to crawl that page:

If you see this:

Talk to your web developer about your robots.txt file, and check with your hosting provider to make sure that they haven’t blocked Googlebot’s IP addresses.

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