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When you upload your page to your server you just started the race to get indexed. Now, the search engines won’t know you even upload anything for at least a few hours and in most cases a few days.
There are plenty of ways to get indexed today and I’ll go into those in a bit but here is what happens from start to finish when you get indexed. So as I was saying when you upload your page you have officially begun the race.
The first part, for the third time is uploading your page. The bots are going to be looking for you if you did everything I said. Once they visit your page they may not index you. They may put you in line to be indexed. Sort of like a probationary period.
You don’t want to make any changes to your page once you upload it so make sure it’s the way you want it. Each time you update or change the page, the bots know and will keep starting from scratch with your page until it’s indexed.
Even when it’s already indexed and you make changes it will come back to your page and update the search engine accordingly which can be good and bad, so again play it safe.
If you’re not linked to another site or vice versa the bots are going to find you the hard way. They are going to hit blocks of I.P. addresses (the virtual address of your website besides the .com part) and look for new pages and sites. The spiders that are doing the research will save your site for export later to the Index.
You’re competing with billions of other sites sometimes all within the same hour(s) to get indexed or get your page “crawled” by the spiders. So to recap so far, when you upload your site it will eventually get crawled by the spiders/bots and it will either get indexed or put in line to be indexed.
You should make note that no site is just put in the Index right away. It may get indexed but won’t appear in the search results until the Index has been updated. No one knows when the official updates are but they happened every few hours or days.