If you have a website or blog, you’ll want to know that your site is being indexed.
To test if your site is being indexed on Google, Yahoo, or any of the other search engines, enter your site’s name, i.e. “bloggingwithoutablog.com”, hit “search”. The results will show how many times your site is referenced. If you type in, www.yourdomain.com, you’ll get different results. And…if you just type in your domain name, without the www, or the .com (.net or .org), you’ll get a third set of results. Some of these results are duplicates.
If you blog, you can determine if the articles you’ve written are indexed.
You may also see that your site is indexed, because of a post that was submitted to Digg, Technorati, Del.icio.us, or other social bookmarking sites. Indexing may also be the result of submissions to an online directory.
If you’re not indexed, you can manually ping the search engines. Just go to their “ping” page, type in your URL, and follow the instructions.
Being indexed, means your site has exposure. With exposure, comes traffic.
As with your stats, you want your “indexing” numbers to increase as your site ages.