If you’ve recently launched a website and are wondering why you aren’t showing at up in Google after a few days, there is one setting you should make sure to check.
WordPress and other CMSs have a setting that blocks the site from being indexed.
This is usually used during development so that you don’t have two sites getting indexed at the same time, or you are not getting indexed until you are ready.
But – if you forget to turn it off before launch – it can prevent your site from getting indexed when you want it to get indexed.
In WordPress it’s under Settings -> Reading – scroll to the bottom and you’ll see Search engine visibility and a checkbox. You want the box un-checked like below:
In Squarespace, it’s under Visibility. I know Wix has a similar setting somewhere, too.
If your visibility is turned on, and you are still not getting found – you may need further SEO help.
You can start here – https://www.rockpixelscissors.com/overly-simplified-seo-001/ – and if you need further assistance, please let me know.