Dependant on the device you are using and the anti-virus you have installed you will often see informative icons next to websites in search pages. The icons are indicators from your provider on how safe or unsafe each website is. The icons vary from provider to provider but the colour code remains consistent. Green means the site has been checked and is safe to visit, amber/orange means the website has not been checked by the provider, and red means the site has failed safety checks and is unsafe to visit. In this post we look at how to check a website and how to submit a website for anti-virus approval.
The first one we are going to look at is Norton’s website checker. Norton allow you to check if a website has been tested and what the result is on their website. Click here and see if your website has been tested. If your website has not been tested you will see a ‘Untested’ summary. Under this you will also see ‘Site Owner? Click Here’. Click the link and follow Norton’s steps to validate your website and submit your website to be checked. Even if your website comes back as tested with a green/red result you should still claim your website and find out what made it pass or fail.
A number of Anti-Virus programs actually get a lot of their website information from third parties such as Google Safe Browsing.
Check your website using the link above. If you have not already done so you should certainly make sure that you have claimed your website on Google.
There are many different anti-virus checkers on the web. Most anti-virus brands you can think of will either have their own or use a third party. Virus Total allows you to check around 30 of these in one go.
These are just a couple of the tools online that check a websites safety rating. As part of your regular SEO procedures, I would recommending searching for other tools online. Check your website, and if it has not been checked, look for the websites process to submit your website.
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Search Engine Submission has changed dramatically over the last two decades. In todays world it is more about the quality of your website, and the information you provide to search engines rather than the number of search engines you submit your website too. There are thousands of services online that offer to submit your website to thousands of search engines around the world. However, in my opinion these are a complete waste of time.
First of all there are only a handfull of search engines I would recommend submitting too. In most cases I would only recommend submitting to Google and Yahoo/Bing. You will tend to find that most other search engines will pull their results from one of the two anyway. That being said, if you are trying to target a particular country, I would recommend researching the search engines with the most amount of searches, and submit directly to that search engine if possible.
E.G. If you are targeting China, I would recommend submitting to Baidu which accounts for two thirds of the country’s online searches.
Before you submit your website to any search engines it is important you have a Sitemap. A Sitemap provides search engines with a list of content/urls on your website in a search engine friendly format.
These days if you are using a Content Management System (CMS) like Word Press, you can dowload a plugin to do this for you. Simply search ‘Sitemap’.
If you don’t have this option available there are many services online that you can use to create a sitemap for free. Just Google, ‘Free Sitemap Generator’.
If you use this option you will then need to manually upload the sitemap file to your website. You must also ensure you update this everytime you add content to your website.
Once you have a Sitemap on your site, you can now submit to search engines.
First you will need to open a free account with Google Webmaster Tools – www.google.com/webmasters
Second add and verify your URL.
Lastly, you need to specify your sitemap URL.
Create a free account on Bing Webmaster Tools – https://www.bing.com/toolbox/
Add your URL to your Bing Webmaster Tools Account
List your Sitemap URL.
If you have any questions or queries, please ask in the comments box below and I will reply ASAP.