Q and A: How do I get Google to index more pages on my site?

QuestionDear Kalena…

I am currently reaching #1 in Google but only for two pages of my site. My question is how do I get more than two pages to return ranking? I don’t believe Google is indexing more than the two pages. How can I change this?

Gloria

Dear Gloria

Easy peasy. You need to create an XML sitemap of all your web pages and upload it to the Google Webmaster Tools area. Once you set up a Webmaster Tools account, you’ll be able to keep track of how many pages Google is indexing, what indexing issues, if any, Googlebot strikes and other useful statistics about your site’s visibility in the Google index.
But getting your pages ranking towards the top of the search results is more tricky and will require you to learn and implement some SEO tactics. You should also consider improving your site’s link popularity by obtaining more incoming links from relevant, trusted sites, particularly those in the same industry. This will help boost your rankings for industry-specific keywords and phrases.

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Q and A: Does it matter if my XML and HTML sitemap file names are the same?

QuestionDear Kalena…

About sitemaps. I of course have the sitemap.xml loaded and registered with Google and Yahoo. I also have a sitemap.html for site users. Is it ok for their names to be so similar, or should I rename the user sitemap something like usersitemap.html?

Thanks,
Rob

Dear Rob

It’s not a problem. Search engines recognize that XML and HTML are two completely different file types. As long as you have uploaded and verified your XML file to Google and Yahoo sitemaps, they will be found and indexed accordingly and you can continue to link to your sitemap.html file so users can find it.

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