How To Add SSL To WordPress For Free Using CPanel AutoSSL

Adding SSL to your WordPress site improves security and SEO. Learn how to add SSL to WordPress for FREE using cPanel AutoSSL in this step-by-step tutorial.

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How To Add SSL To WordPress For Free Using CPanel AutoSSLKeeping your website secure is very important. If you collect visitor information, or plan to set up an e-commerce store, you should be concerned about protecting your data from hackers against digital theft, digital surveillance, and identity hijacking.

While security is one of the main reasons you may want to migrate your WordPress site from http to https (we’ll explain what this means in a moment), you may also want to do this for SEO reasons.

In August 2014, Google announced that, as part of its bid to further protect users from cyber attacks, it would start treating HTTPS as a ranking signal and prioritizing secure HTTPS URLs over regular HTTP URLs. In fact, studies conducted by leading search engine analysis companies like Moz.com found that over 30% of all first-page Google results use HTTPS and predicted that this number will continue to grow as part of Google’s “HTTPS everywhere” initiative.

If you own a WordPress site, it’s probably a good idea to consider switching your domain address from ‘http’ to ‘https’ sooner rather than later. In this tutorial, we show you how to do this.

How To Add SSL To WordPress For Free Using CPanel AutoSSL

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As we provide tutorials for beginners and non-coders, this is not a technical tutorial. The section below provides a brief description of what is involved in changing your WordPress site from http to https and an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to configure your site for https using a free feature of cPanel hosting called AutoSSL. For detailed technical information, please refer to the sources listed at the end of this tutorial, or contact a professional web service provider.

SSL – Basic Overview

What Is SSL?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology protocol for transmitting private documents via the internet. SSL establishes an encrypted link between a web server and a browser and this link then ensures that all data passed between the web server and web browsers remain private, secure and unmodified.

SSL is the backbone of our secure Internet and it protects your sensitive information as it travels across the world’s computer networks. SSL is essential for protecting your website, even if it doesn’t handle sensitive information like credit cards. It provides privacy, critical security and data integrity for both your websites and your users’ personal information.

(Source: SSLShopper.com)

(Source: SSL.com)

The benefits of using SSL include:

  • SSL encrypts sensitive information – If sensitive information like credit card numbers, usernames and passwords is not encrypted using an SSL certificate, any computer that gets between the server sending the information and its intended recipient can see the information. SSL makes sensitive information becomes unreadable to hackers and identity thieves.
  • SSL provides authentication – An SSL certificate from a trusted SSL provider protects users from being ‘tricked’ by ensuring that they send personal information to the right server, not to computers pretending to be other websites. HTTPS also protects against phishing attacks.
  • SSL provides trust – Seeing the HTTPS icon (green padlock) helps to increase trust on your website and gives visitors confidence to buy or do business with you online.

The advantages of using SSL (protecting your business and your customers’ information, increasing trust, improve SEO ranking etc.) far outweigh any disadvantages like cost (see below to learn how get SSL for FREE) and performance (generally only noticeable on highly trafficked web sites which your webhost can help improve).

Once an SSL certificate has been correctly installed and configured on your server for your domain, the URL of your site displayed in visitors’ web browsers will switch from ‘http://yourdomain.com’ to ‘https://yourdomain.com’ with a green padlock icon next to it …

(‘https’ sites display a green padlock next to the web address)

Note: Depending on the page content, sometimes you may see a padlock with a warning sign. Click on the padlock icon for more information on the site’s security status …

(Click on the padlock symbol for site security information)

Adding SSL To WordPress

We recommend using a reliable web hosting provider and hosting your website(s) on servers with cPanel installed. If you are hosting on cPanel ask your webhost about AutoSSL.

cPanel AutoSSL

(cPanel AutoSSL)

What Is AutoSSL?

AutoSSL is the solution to one of the biggest pain points that exists for every cPanel & WHM user: SSL installation and renewal. With AutoSSL there are no more forms to fill out, and no more certificates to manually copy into place. Once you enable AutoSSL your websites are automatically secured with a Domain Validated SSL certificate. Perhaps more exciting is the fact that your coverage will never lapse, because at expiration time a new SSL is requested and automatically installed.

(Source: cPanel.com)

You can learn more about AutoSSL here or search online for “cpanel autossl”.

Important Info

Ask your host if your server supports cPanel AutoSSL and if so, confirm that you can have it enabled for your website for free. Depending on your hosting setup, you may need to purchase an SSL certificate.

Regardless of the SSL option you choose (i.e. cPanel AutoSSL or purchasing an SSL certificate), we recommend asking your hosting provider to install, set up and configure SSL on your server for your domain. Once this has been done, follow the steps below to make sure that everything works correctly on your WordPress site.

Important Info

We strongly recommend performing a complete backup of your WordPress site (files and data) before modifying any files on your server.

help Learn about a great WordPress backup plugin that can fully automate your site backups here:

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After your hosting provider notifies you that SSL has been installed and configured on your domain, do the following:

Check that SSL is installed. You can do this by going here, then entering your domain name and clicking the ‘Check SSL’ button …

SSL Shopper - Check SSL Tool

(SSL Shopper – Check SSL Tool)

If SSL has been installed correctly on your domain, you will see confirmation indicators like the ones shown in the screenshot below …

SSL Installed

(SSL Installed)

You can also check if SSL is installed on your domain and perform a deep analysis of your SSL configuration by going to Qualy’s SSL Labs

Qualy's SSL Labs

(Qualy’s SSL Labs)

This provides you with an in-depth SSL report …

SSL Report

(SSL Report)

Once you have confirmed that SSL has been installed correctly on your server, log into your WordPress admin and go to General Settings.

In the ‘General Settings’ screen, replace the ‘http’ in your WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL) fields …

Replace 'http' ...

(Replace ‘http’ …)

With ‘https’ and save to update your settings …

With 'https'

(With ‘https’)

Next, install the SSL Insecure Content Fixer plugin …

SSL Insecure Content Fixer WordPress Plugin

(SSL Insecure Content Fixer WordPress Plugin)

SSL Insecure Content Fixer cleans up your WordPress website’s HTTPS insecure content and mixed content warnings.

To install this plugin, go to Plugins > Add New

Plugins > Add New

(Plugins > Add New)

Search for ‘SSL Insecure’ in the Keyword field to bring up the plugin in the search results and click on Install Now

SSL Insecure Content Fixer - Install Now

(SSL Insecure Content Fixer – Install Now)

Click on Activate

Activate SSL Insecure Content Fixer Plugin

(Activate SSL Insecure Content Fixer Plugin)

This plugin works out of the box. However, if you need to change the settings, go to Settings > SSL Insecure Content, or click on the Settings link in the ‘Plugins’ screen …

SSL Insecure Content - Plugin Settings

(SSL Insecure Content – Plugin Settings)

This brings you to the ‘SSL Insecure Content Fixer settings’ screen. Remember to save your settings if you make any changes …

SSL Insecure Content Fixer settings screen

(SSL Insecure Content Fixer settings screen)

If you are moving a site with existing content to HTTPS, some of your content may be linking to the ‘http’ version of your domain. In this case, you can do a global search and replace to replace all instances of ‘http://yourdomain.com’ with ‘https://yourdomain.com’ …

Perform a global search and replace to change 'http' links to 'https'

(Perform a global search and replace to change ‘http’ links to ‘https’)

You should also change the default URL settings for your domain in your Google Analytics accounts …

Update your Google Analytics account

(Update your Google Analytics account)

Remember to also add an HTTPS property to your Google Webmaster account …

Update your properties in Google Search Console

(Update your properties in Google Search Console)

After completing the above, check your site to make sure that everything is working correctly. If you experience any problems, contact your webhost for help.

Congratulations! Now you know how to add SSL to WordPress.

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Using cPanel To Manage Your WordPress Hosting

This tutorial provides an overview of the benefits of using cPanel to manage your WordPress web hosting.

Using cPanel To Manage Your WordPress HostingThis tutorial is part of our WordPress installation and WordPress configuration tutorial series, where we show you how to install and configure a WordPress site or blog on your own domain with no coding skills required.

Whether you choose to host your website using a shared hosting account or to host on a dedicated server, you need some way to configure emails for your domain name, manage your server applications, and monitor your server’s resources. This is especially important if you lack the technical skills of a webmaster or IT manager.

This is where a web hosting application like cPanel can play a central role in helping you manage your website presence.

Overview Of cPanel For WordPress Users

cPanel is a powerful and simple-to-use web hosting management software application that gives website owners the ability to quickly and easily manage their servers and websites using a simple and intuitive dashboard.

cPanel

Having access to a hosting environment that offers cPanel will make managing your WordPress site a whole lot easier. cPanel lets you easily take care of certain things yourself without hiring technical experts (like setting up emails for your business). If you host with a good company, you can also ask for support and assistance with most things.

Info

cPanel typically comes with built-in get started help wizards and basic video tutorials on using cPanel that can be accessed directly from your web hosting account’s control area …

cPanel

(cPanel Video Tutorials)

Providing comprehensive training on using all the features of cPanel to easily manage your WordPress site’s web hosting is beyond the scope of our tutorials. For comprehensive step-by-step training on using cPanel, we recommend downloading these how to use cPanel video tutorials.

Tip

After logging into your cPanel area, you can access help documentation by clicking on the ‘Help’ icon …

cPanel Help

(cPanel Help)

Additional cPanel Help & Support

help For additional support and tutorials on using cPanel and managing your server, contact your web hosting company’s technical support department. To access the official cPanel documentation for website owners, visit the site below:

redarrow cPanel Documentation For Website Owners

Important

Note: Newer versions of cPanel may look different than the version shown in these tutorials.

Choosing A Web Hosting Company That Offers cPanel

Choosing a reliable web hosting company that offers the cPanel application will help you manage your WordPress site more easily …

Using cPanel To Manage Your WordPress Site

(cPanel login)

help For companies that provide reliable web hosting with cPanel access and great technical support, see the tutorial below:

redarrow How To Choose A Great Webhosting Company For Your WordPress Site

cPanel Feature Glossary

Refer to the list below if you need help understanding some of the more commonly used features of cPanel:

Change cPanel Style

This feature lets you change the overall look and feel of cPanel to suit your personal taste. cPanel typically comes with several pre-installed styles you can choose from …

cPanel

(cPanel – Change Styles)

Email Accounts

This area lets you manage the email accounts associated with your domain(s) …

cPanel

(cPanel Email Accounts)

help To learn more about the ‘Email Accounts’ section, watch the video below and see this tutorial:

redarrow How To Create An Email For Your Domain In cPanel

Webmail

Webmail lets you check your email using a web browser (instead of a desktop mail application such as Outlook Express). This means that you can access your email online from any location using a web browser …

cPanel - Webmail

(cPanel webmail)

Note: If using webmail, make sure to log out after accessing your email on public computers to prevent other people reading your email.

SpamAssassin

SpamAssassin is an automated email filtering system that attempts to identify spam messages based on the content of the email’s headers and body …

cPanel - Spam Assassin

(cPanel Mail – SpamAssassin)

Email Forwarders

Forwarders let you to send a copy of all mail from one email address to another …

cPanel - Forwarders

(cPanel Mail Forwarding)

For example, if you have two different email accounts tim@yourdomain.com and timothy@yourdomain.com, you can set up email forwarding so that all mail sent to tim@yourdomain.com is automatically forwarded to timothy@yourdomain.com, saving you the time and hassle of having to check both accounts.

Alternatively, you can use email forwarding for different departments of your company. For example, you can set up email forwarding so that all mail sent to support@yourdomain.com goes to the personal email address of a staff member or outsourced customer support person. This way, if the person leaves, you can easily change the destination forwarding email without making changes to your website.

Email Auto Responders

Autoresponders can be used to automatically send a message or reply back to anyone who emails a certain account. This feature is useful if you are on vacation or unavailable, if you have a generic message that you would like to send out to anyone who emails your support email address, or even for sending out download or access links to PDF reports, bonuses, videos, price lists, etc.

cPanel - Autoresponders

(cPanel Autoresponders)

help To learn how to use autoresponders for email marketing, newsletters, and list-building, see the tutorial below:

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MX Entry Maintenance

An MX (mail exchanger) entry tells a client which server receives mail sent to a domain name. You can use the MX Entry Maintenance function to change where a domain’s email is delivered to. This lets you have email from one domain delivered to another domain.

cPanel - MX Entry

(cPanel MXEntry)

Note: Changing your MX entry changes your site’s DNS record for MX.

Backups

Backups allow you to download (to your computer) a zipped copy of either your entire site (including your home directory, databases, email forwarders configuration, and email filters configuration) or one of the previously mentioned parts of your site …

cPanel - Backups

(cPanel Backups)

Note: These are not automatically scheduled backups. Automatically scheduled backups need to be enabled by the server owner/administrator.

help To learn more about performing WordPress backups using cPanel, see the tutorial section below:

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Disk Usage Viewer

The cPanel Disk Usage Viewer provides an overview of the disk space that your account is using. You can use the viewer to view all of the files in your site and find out how much space each file takes up. It shows disk usage totals for your account’s directories and all of its databases rather than for individual files or databases.

cPanel - Disk Space Usage

(cPanel Files – Disk Space Usage)

Note: Use the File Manager feature to see disk usage data for individual files, and the MySQL main page to see data for individual databases.

FTP Management

The FTP features of cPanel allow you to manage access to your web site’s files using FTP (File Transfer Protocol) …

cPanel - FTP Management

(cPanel FTP Management)

Note: You will need a third party FTP program to access your files.

help To learn more about using FTP to transfer files to and from your computer and server, see the tutorial below:

redarrow How To FTP Files To Your Server Using Filezilla

Password Protect Directories

This option will allow you to require a username and password to access a folder or folders from the web. This can be very useful when you need to limit access to a certain part of your site …

cPanel - Password Protect Directories

(cPanel Security – Password Protect Directories)

help To learn about protecting content inside posts and pages in WordPress, see the tutorial below:

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IP Deny Manager

This feature will allow you to block a range of IP addresses to prevent them from accessing your site. You can also enter a fully qualified domain name, and the IP Deny Manager will attempt to resolve it to an IP address for you …

cPanel - IP Deny Manager

(cPanel Security – IP Deny Manager)

HotLink Protection

Hotlink protection prevents other websites from directly linking to files on your website. Other sites will still be able to link to any file type that you don’t specify (ie. HTML files) …

cPanel HotLink Protection

(cPanel Security – HotLink Protection)

An example of hotlinking would be using a <img> tag to display an image from your site from somewhere else on the net. The end result is that the other site is stealing your bandwidth.

Note: The system attempts to add all sites it knows you own to the list; however, you may need to add others.

Leech Protection

Leech Protect allows you to prevent your users from giving out or publicly posting their passwords to a restricted area of your site. This feature will redirect accounts which have been compromised to a URL of your choice (and suspend them, if you choose) …

cPanel - Leech Protect

(cPanel Security – Leech Protect)

help To learn more about server security, see the tutorial below:

redarrow Webhosting Security

PHP Extensions and Applications Package Installer

PEAR packages are collections of functions that allow you to perform tasks in PHP …

cPanel - PHP PEAR Packages

(cPanel PHP PEAR Packages)

Note: You will need to install a PEAR package before you can use it inside a PHP program.

MySQL Management

MySQL manager allows you to create / drop databases, add / remove users …

cPanel - Databases

(cPanel Databases)

help To learn more about MYSQL database management for WordPress, see the tutorial section below:

redarrow WordPress Database Management

phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin is a popular open-source program used to manage MySQL databases …

cPanel - phpMyAdmin

(cPanel Databases – phpMyAdmin)

help To learn more about using phpMyAdmin with WordPress, see the tutorial below:

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Image Manager

The Image Manager allows you to view and modify images in your account. You can change the size of your images, convert their file types, or just view them …

cPanel - Image Manager

(cPanel Image Manager)

Index Manager

The Index Manager allows you to customize the way a directory will be viewed on the web. You can select between a default style, no indexes, or two types of indexing …

cPanel - Index Manager

(cPanel Index Manager)

Note: If you do not want people to be able to see the files in your directory, choose “No Indexing” when using this feature.

Cron Jobs

Cron jobs allow you to automate certain commands or scripts on your site. You can set a command or script to run at a specific time every day, week, etc. For example, you could set a cron job to delete temporary files every week so that your disk space is not being used up by those files …

cPanel - CronJobs

(cPanel Cron jobs)

Network Tools

Network Tools allow a user to find out information about any domain, or to trace the route from the server your site is on to the computer you are accessing cPanel from.

  • The Domain Lookup tool allows you to find out the IP address of any domain, as well as DNS information about that domain. This can be a very useful tool right after your site is set up or after DNS changes have been made to make sure your DNS is setup properly.
  • Trace Route allows you to trace the route from the computer you are accessing cPanel from to the server your site is on (i.e. the number of servers and what servers your data must pass through to get to your site) …

cPanel - Network Tools

(cPanel Network Tools)

Hopefully, the above information has given you enough of an overview of cPanel. For detailed video tutorials on using cPanel features, go here.

Using cPanel To Manage Your WordPress Hosting

(Easily manage your WordPress hosting with cPanel)

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How To Kickstart WordPress Traffic Automation To Your Website Or Blog

If you have followed our WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint step-by-step tutorials, you are ready to begin driving an endless stream of visitors to your WordPress site or blog. Here we show you how to kickstart your traffic.

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How To Kickstart WordPress Traffic Automation To Your Website Or BlogThis tutorial is part of the WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint series where we show you step-by-step how to set up WordPress to automatically notify search engines and your social media pages when new content is published on your site, driving more traffic to your website or blog. 

To review our step-by-step tutorials on how to automate traffic to your WordPress website or blog, go here:

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redarrow WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint Part 3 – Configuration

redarrow WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint Part 4 – Automation

redarrow WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint Part 5 – Optimization

Useful Information

If your WordPress site has not been configured to drive traffic using the leverage and automation described in our tutorials, then do one of the following:

  • Go through our step-by-step tutorials and learn how to expertly configure your own site,
  • Refer your web developer or web designer to our step-by-step tutorials and ask them to do it for you, or
  • Contact us to discuss your needs and request a quote for our Done For You Installation & Expert Configuration Service.

What You Should Have Already Set Up On Your WordPress Site

If you have been following our WordPress Traffic Automation tutorials, you should already have set up the following on your site:

Ping Services List

As soon as you publish a new post, WordPress automatically notifies all the services listed in the ‘Update Services’ section (WordPress Settings > Writing > Update Services) …

WordPress Settings > Writing > Update Services

(WordPress Blog Ping Services List)

help For a comprehensive list of ping services that you can download for FREE, see the tutorial below:

redarrow WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint Part 3 – Configuration

Add Your Sitemap To Search Engines

You should have also added your site’s RSS feed and XML sitemap to your webmaster accounts (e.g. Google, Bing) …

Google Search Console - Sitemaps

(Google Search Console – Sitemaps)

help To learn more about setting up Webmaster accounts and adding sitemaps and feeds to notify search engines, see the tutorial below:

redarrow How To Set Up Webmaster Accounts 

Automatically Syndicate Content From WordPress To Social Media

There are many plugins, tools, and services you can use to integrate WordPress with social media. We cover a number of these in our tutorials.

A simple way to integrate WordPress with your social media accounts is using the Jetpack plugin …

Use Jetpack's Publicize feature to automatically syndicate your content to social media

(Jetpack’s Publicize feature automatically syndicates your content to social media)

Installing Jetpack and configuring its Publicize settings allows you to automatically syndicate your posts to social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

help To learn how to install and configure Jetpack to automate traffic, see the tutorial below:

redarrow WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint Part 4 – Automation

Additional Notification Plugins

As discussed in our tutorials, there are many traffic generation and automation plugins, tools, and services you can use. This is one of the reasons why WordPress is such a powerful business marketing platform.

In addition to instantly notifying social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. when new content is published on your site, you can also set up your WordPress site to automatically post links to your content on many other social networks and social bookmarking sites using plugins like Social Link Machine

Social Link Machine - drip-feed content to over 30 traffic-generating platforms

(SocialLinkMachine – drip-feed your content automatically to many social sites)

help To learn more about additional traffic generation plugins and automation tools, see the tutorial below:

redarrow WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint Part 4 – Automation

How To Kickstart Traffic To Your WordPress Website Or Blog

Once you have set up and configured all of the above plugins and services, the next step is to kickstart the process of generating ongoing traffic to your site.

You could just start publishing content to your site. If you want to supercharge and speed up the process, however, here are some additional steps we recommend you take:

  1. Rapid Site Indexing
  2. Supercharge Your Site Ranking & Authority Building
  3. Methodically Establish Your Online Presence

Let’s go through each of these steps in more detail.

Rapid WordPress Site Indexing

Adding sitemaps to your webmaster accounts and posting content on your WordPress site as described in our tutorials will help get search engines going. You can boost the process using external blog pinging services.

Once your site is fully configured and ready to start driving traffic, select and copy your RSS feed or XML sitemap link …

Select and copy your RSS feed

(Select and copy your RSS feed)

Head over to one of the following sites:

Ping.In

Ping.in

(Ping.in)

Ping.in is a service that pings (notifies) a number of services including blog search engines and blog directories. By pinging these services, you let them know that your site has been updated and these services will then crawl and index your site content, allowing a larger audience to discover your site.

Ping.in is free to use and when we last checked requires no registration. Just head over to the site and type in your Site Name, Site URL and XML feed into the fields …

Enter your site details into Ping.in

(Enter your site details into Ping.in)

Next, select the services you want to notify or just click on ‘Check All’ to select all services, then click on the ‘Ping’ button at the bottom of the screen …

Select services to ping

(Select services to ping)

Ping.in will immediately begin to notify the services about your site …

Ping.in notifies services immediately

(Ping.in notifies services immediately)

Once all pings are sent, Ping.in displays a list of all services that have been notified about your site …

Pings sent

(Pings sent)

help Go here to use Ping.in:

redarrow Ping.in

Pingoat

Pingoat

(Pingoat)

Pingoat is another service like Ping.in that pings (notifies) blog directories and gets them to crawl and index your site content.

To use Pingoat, create a free account, then log in after confirming your new account, enter your site details (including your RSS feed or XML sitemap feed), select all of the services to notify and click go.

Pingoat will notify all the services you have selected.

help Go here to use Pingoat:

redarrow Pingoat

Info

We recommend using either Ping.in or Pingoat to notify blog directories about your site but not both in short succession. Your site could be blacklisted if you ping services too often.

Rapid WordPress Page/Post SEO Indexing

In addition to the setup already presented in the tutorials, you can also get a new WordPress post or page indexed very quickly in Google using the method described below.

Important

This method is in 2 parts and is also good for getting Google to crawl/reindex: old posts or pages with new or updated content.

Fetch As Google

After creating a new post or page, log into your Google Search Console area, and go to Search Console > Crawl > Fetch As Google. Enter the URL of your post or page into the field and click the ‘Fetch’ button …

Fetch as Google

(Fetch as Google)

Next, click on ‘Request indexing’ …

Request indexing

(Request indexing)

Click the Google reCAPTCHA checkbox to verify that you are human …

Google reCAPTCHA

(Google reCAPTCHA)

Proceed with the verification process …

Google reCAPTCHA Verify Button

(Google reCAPTCHA Verify Button)

Once you have verified that you are not a robot, select the ‘Crawl only this URL’ radio button and click ‘GO’ …

Crawl only this URL

(Crawl only this URL)

Your new post/page indexing has been requested …

Indexing requested

(Indexing requested)

Ping Sitemap

After indexing of your post or page has been requested, the next step is to ‘ping’ your XML sitemap.

We recommend using a plugin like Yoast SEO to automatically generate and keep your XML sitemap updated …

XML Sitemaps - Yoast SEO

(XML Sitemaps – Yoast SEO)

Select and copy your XML sitemap address to your clipboard …

Copy your XML sitemap URL

(Copy your XML sitemap URL)

Once you have the XML sitemap URL, it only takes a simple ping to Google to update any post or page you need indexed. Open a new window on your web browser, and paste the URL below in the address bar, then hit enter to submit the ping to Google:

http://www.google.com/webmasters/sitemaps/ping?sitemap=http://yoursite.com/sitemap.xml

Ping Your Sitemap To Google

(How To Ping Your Sitemap To Google)

Alternatively, you can use an online tool like the one shown below to submit your sitemap to Google (and Bing) …

PingSitemap

PingSitemap

(PingSitemap)

With PingSitemap, simply enter the URL of your sitemap into the XML sitemap URL field and click the ‘Submit’ button.

The tool with ping (notify) Google and Bing about your sitemap (the other services no longer exist) …

Sitemap Pinged

(Sitemap Pinged)

Your new post or page will be indexed very quickly using the above method …

Google has indexed your new post or page!

(Google has indexed your new post or page!)

Note: Google recommends that you resubmit a sitemap no more than once per hour.

Useful Tip

You can also automate the entire process described above using a simple  and very inexpensive plugin called Rapid SEO Indexer.

Rapid SEO Indexer

Rapid SEO Indexer WordPress Plugin

(Rapid SEO Indexer WordPress Plugin)

Rapid SEO Indexer automates the ‘Fetch as Google’ and ‘Sitemap Pinging’ process and can get a brand new WordPress page or post indexed in Google in less than 30 seconds …

(Index new WordPress posts or pages in Google fast with Rapid SEO Indexer)

The plugin features a built-in real time XML sitemap generator. After the plugin has been installed and activated on your site, you can create and submit an XML sitemap to Google using the built-in XML sitemap generator, or use an existing XML sitemap (e.g. from Yoast SEO plugin) …

Rapid SEO Indexer Settings

(Rapid SEO Indexer Settings)

The plugin adds a new options box to your page, allowing you to submit the new page or post to Google …

Click to submit your post/page to Google

(Click to submit your post/page to Google)

And ping the sitemap …

Click to ping your sitemap

(Click to ping your sitemap)

Getting your WordPress page or post indexed is the first step to getting free targeted SEO traffic. Rapid SEO Indexer helps you get more traffic easily and quickly with 2-click indexing functionality. The plugin is well supported, installs in seconds and works right out of the box. You can use this plugin to index unlimited pages and posts on your site(s) and the plugin comes with .

help Go here to view a demo video and to download this plugin:

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Another highly recommended step you can take to kickstart traffic to your WordPress site or blog is to send out press releases on a regular (i.e. monthly) basis.

Press releases are a powerful and fast way to create significant exposure online, boost your search engine rankings, drive traffic and build authority for your site.

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DistributionPress.com provides a very cost-effective ‘done-for-you’ news/press release writing and distribution service that can help boost your traffic.

They will create a professional news/press release about your business and distribute it to 220+ authority news, TV, radio, and media sites …

DistributionPress.com submits your press release to over 220 authority sites

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DistributionPress.com can fully manage your press release campaign, leaving you free to focus on other areas of your business/website.

We recommend sending out an initial press release to announce the launch of your business/website, new products and services, company news, etc. (see  this article about press release topics) to kickstart your traffic and then begin running a regular PR campaign where you send out a new release each month to boost your rankings and authority online, which will continue to grow your traffic.

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Methodically Establish Your Online Presence

Using a done-for-you service like DistributionPress to create and distribute monthly news releases on your behalf allows you to quickly establish your online presence and begin driving traffic to your site. It also allows you to methodically boost your rankings and authority by building hundreds or even thousands of external links on trusted sites that will direct visitors to your site. This is a great way to automate traffic, especially if you lack the time to write content.

Ideally, you should be growing your traffic and increasing your rankings by consistently using external services like distributing press releases and internal methods such as publishing great content on your site. Unlike paid traffic generation methods that disappear if you stop paying for the service (e.g. Google AdWords, Facebook Ads, etc.) distributing press releases and publishing content on your site actually builds you an asset with long-term traffic links.

Our WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint tutorials describe exactly how to set up your site to grow traffic using content marketing. Once your site is indexed in the search engines, integrated with your social media accounts and set up to automatically ping dozens of services as soon as new content is published on your site, all you have to do is create and publish new content on a regular basis.

If you need help coming up with great content ideas for your site or how to plan, develop, and implement a content marketing strategy for your business, we have created a comprehensive and completely FREE 120-part email training content creation course (value = $300) that will help you.

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In order to build a successful digital presence for your business, you need regular traffic. Hopefully, our WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint tutorials have given you all the information you need to automate the traffic generation process and drive an endless stream of new visitors to your WordPress website or blog.

We wish you great success online and lots of new traffic!

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