When writing articles on your WordPress blog you want them to be indexed by search engines quickly and – why not – get a ranking faster.
But this is not always the case, because search engines choose when to visit your website to index it and especially whether to rank your articles or not.
However, there are some tricks you can use to let search engines know that you have updated your content.
And as a bonus you get a ranking faster, too.
Everyone knows that if you have an XML sitemap, update it regularly and submit it to search engines, you will get indexed faster by them. This is true and you should use it.
If you are not doing this already, get yourself a Google Webmaster Tools account and submit your XML Sitemap.
To create an XML sitemap in WordPress, use Google XML Sitemaps.
This will help you get indexed faster by search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask and others.
Get indexed faster, rank faster
Now, there is another trick that, as far as I am concerned, helps me not only get indexed faster, but also get ranked in a couple of hours.
As you probably know, search engines initially come to your website and index it. Later they check what they’ve indexed and rank it for specific queries as people search.
This process was supposed to take a while, but lately I noticed that is just a matter of hours for my articles.
And I suspect this is mainly because of the [Update Services] feature from WordPress, which I updated a couple of months ago.
WordPress Update services
By default WordPress notifies popular update services by sending a XML-RPC ping when you publish a new post or update one.
Ping-O-Matic’s server (rpc.pingomatic.com) is listed by default in the WordPress [Update Services] list. All you need to do is sit back and let it work for you!
But I looked around and found other update services to ping when publishing posts and I decided to share them with you. From my perspective, this is the main reason why my articles get indexed and ranked so quickly.
Also shares on Twitter and Facebook might contribute to improving rankings, but this is a different story.
Now, below you can find the list that helps me get my articles indexed and ranked within hours from when I publish them.
Just copy the list and paste it into the [Update Services] section from the [Settings] panel > [Writing].
XML-RPC Ping Services
Over to you now
How fast do you rank in Google? Let me know in the comments section below if you are using these services or others.