How to Find if Your Post is Indexed on Google

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Reblogging Renowned Seo Expert Mimi Foster's content

Original content by Mimi Foster

Please don't be misled to believe that I am any kind of techie. I know enough to get around, and probably enough to be dangerous. But here's something simple that I do know - how to see if a post on your website has been indexed by Google. Since several people have asked, let me share what I know, and if someone with more knowledge than I have can give more insight, please do.

My IT guy is always telling me to let a blog post index on my site before I post to ActiveRain. I recently wrote a post that got a lot of attention, not only from ActiveRain, but it was plagiarized a ridiculous number of times. Because I let it index on my site first, it will always show up first when you Google the title. (I have had several dozen plagiarized versions removed, but just discovered a video and three more posts on others' sites that used the post word for word - but I digress). 

Take the URL of the post you want to see whether or not has been indexed. For example, the one above. In the search bar on your computer, put in "site:" immediately in front of the URL. The example in this case is: site: If you click on the "site:http" link, it will take you to a Google page with two 'boxes' like this:

10 Commandments

If your post has been indexed by Google, it will show up in the second box with your article, like it does above with 10 Commandments Sellers Need to Follow. In this case, it HAS been indexed, so something shows up in the lower box. If it HASN'T indexed yet, it will say something like "Be sure you've entered the right URL." It will continue to show you that until it gets indexed, and then your article will show up.

How long does it take to index? That all depends on how often you blog. For me, I don't blog as much as I should, and it can take 24 to 36 hours. I posted a listing the other day on Real Bird and it indexed in about ten minutes. Same with ActiveRain, it indexes within minutes instead of hours because of their 'authority.' 

HOWEVER, you want your post on your site to be the authority, so let it index there, and then you can cut and paste it to ActiveRain. At the end of the post you put on ActiveRain, you can put "Originally posted as 10 Commandments Sellers Need to Follow" with a link back to the original post. I usually put that in much smaller letters.

So no matter how many times that post gets copied by you (or anyone else) you will always have the first ranking. 

Google Rankings

I also do this with my listings before I put them on the MLS. Write a blog post with the address of your new listing as your title, let it index, then put it live on the MLS and push it out. If not first place, you will still rank up there with the 'big guys' - T & Z - when all the syndications start picking it up.

In a nutshell, in your search bar, put > site:URL > enter > voila.  

Good luck. If you have any more questions, I'd probably ask Craig Daniels. LOL

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Comments (6)

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Good tip Peter Mark and @mimi foster. I will check it out 

Mar 17, 2018 12:10 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Thanks so much for the reblog, Peter Mark. Hope life is treating you well.

Mar 17, 2018 06:19 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Peter thanks to Kathleen Daniels  I am here to get to know you, needless to say I look forward to reading your posts, Endre

Mar 25, 2018 09:14 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Peter I buzzed over after Kathleen Daniels shout out about you!  So glad to meet you and I look forward to reading your posts or the reblogs. Really good reblog on Mimi Foster post.

Mar 26, 2018 08:54 AM