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Why Can't I Find my Site on Google?

The most common reason that your site does not come up in Google search results is that your website is very new and Google doesn't know that it exists yet.  Alternatively, you may find that you've made an update to your site, and Google's search results haven't updated to reflect this.

Google "crawls" the web and "indexes" websites on a regular basis - your site could be indexed within the next two days, or even in the next two weeks.

Site indexing/re-indexing a Sporty domain

If you are using a free Sporty site with a sporty domain (eg. www.sporty.co.nz/yourclub) then we can request Google re-index your site and it will be added to the priority crawl queue. 

Site indexing/re-indexing a custom domain

If you are are using a custom domain name, you can submit your website's URL to Google to re-index. This requires a Google account to do. Go to https://search.google.com/search-console/about for more information and to request site re-indexing.

As one of the verification methods, you can choose a method to verify ownership. Select HTML tag as your verification method, and copy the portion of the verification code within the quotation marks after content = " . Here is an example:

 

 

Leave the Verify Ownership dialogue box open (as you will be coming back to it to complete the verification process shortly) and open a new web browser window with your Sporty site displayed. Login to your Sporty site and click Site Settings in the top right. Choose SEO & Analytics, and then paste the code into the box for Google Site Verification Content. Ensure you click Save.

 

 

After you have saved the changes on your Sporty site, go back to the Google Search Console in your other open web browser window and click step 2 - Verify.

 

Your site will be added to Google's priority crawl queue for indexing.

Search Rankings

Over time, as users visit and use your site, your search rankings will improve. Adding a custom domain, if you are using your free Sporty domain only, will also help improve your website's search ranking as will social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you are interested in learning more, and how we can help you with this, view our SEO Guide.

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