Are rIDX Listings Indexed by Google?
The short answer to this question is, yes!
When using the Responsive IDX plugin (rIDX) all of your listings are indexable by Search Engines. The single listing page URLs are generated as human readable links using the MLS ID and street address of the listing. Our rIDX plugin doesn't use iFrames or Flash so you can be assured that all content can actually be read and added to search results by the various Search Engines and website crawlers. There are a few things to keep in mind about search engine indexed listings.
- Your Sitemap Location: www.yoursite.com/sitemap.xml
- Setup Google Search Console
- Setup Bing Webmaster Tools
- How to Submit Your Sitemap
Notes About Indexed Listings
Search Engines use web tools called "crawlers" to view the content of a website and create it's index. These "crawlers" run at the Search Engine's discretion, and can not be controlled by anyone but the Search Engine. If the "crawler" misses a page, we can submit a request to the Search Engine for the page to be indexed, but there is no guarantee this will happen.
New Listings will most likely not be indexed right away. Home Junction can not control how or when a Search Engine indexes your HJI Site.
Most Home Junction site builds include the Yoast SEO plugin, which creates a sitemap for you. A sitemap is a way for a Search Engine's "crawler" to determine what pages should be present on a site by creating a Search Engine readable list of all pages on the site. The sitemap does not contain the list of the rIDX listings present on your site, but it does allow the "crawler" to find the GeoFarms pages as well as the rIDX Search Results page. These pages contain listings and the "crawler" will see and index those listings. The Search Engine crawler will also navigate through pagination to find all listings on pages 2 and up on search results pages.
Submit Your Sitemap to Search Engines
You'll need to tell the Search Engines about your sitemap so that they can crawl your pages faster and easier. Submitting your sitemap is relatively easy. This article will provide a step-by-step guide for submitting your sitemap to Google and other Search Engines.
How to Tell What a Search Engine Has Indexed
There are a few ways you can see what pages a Search Engine has indexed on your website. You should use all of the methods outlined below and compare the results.
- Google Search: Perform a search with "
site:www.your-site.com" will limit the search to
www.your-site.comand allow you to see what the Search Engine has indexed for your specific site. This allows you to roughly "test" your reach.
- Google Search Console - http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/
- Bing Webmaster Tools - https://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster/
Self or Full Service, You Decide
Home Junction staff can connect your website with Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools for a nominal service charge. Contact support for more information.