I’m a newbie and trying to find out how to index/crawl .netlify.app to Google. I dont have a custom domain yet, if that helps.
I would really appreciate if someone can share the steps I need to do so that the .netlify.app site will be searchable. Thanks in advance!
Hey @jxxe, welcome!
You need to get Google to crawl your website, that is if your HTML is allowing it to crawl.
There are multiple options, check out this link:
Keep in mind it can take some time/days before it actually is being crawled once you’ve followed these steps.
I verified the site (main page url) on google console and opted to use add the html meta tag for verification. When I add the xml sitemap, it says ‘Sitemap could not be read’.
Does successful verification and a “valid” sitemap submitted make the .netlify.app webiste crawled?
It should be yes, unless you’ve configured noindex or blocked it in robots.txt.
I don’t have a robots.tx file, atleast didn’t create nor worked on something like that… Btw, I just read a guide on ‘Sitemap could not be read’ thing that it can mean ‘pending’. So I guess it’s a waiting game for now.
Just a side question, is there a need to verify in Google Console every single url I want indexed? Particularly those I added on the sitemap?
Google will crawl your website automatically for linked pages, read your sitemap, …
Verifying every single url isn’t needed, but it will speed up the process of indexing a little bit.