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How to Configure Instant Indexing with Rank Math

Getting your website & its content indexed is the very first step towards driving traffic from organic search. Because, simply put, when content isn’t properly indexed (let alone indexed at all), it can’t rank at all either. And, if it never ranks, it’ll never drive organic traffic from search…

Fortunately, Rank Math’s built-in support for Instant Indexing with both Google & Bing makes crawling and indexing your website easier than ever. In this article, we’ll walk you through exactly how to set up instant indexing with the help of Rank Math:

How to Index Your Content Instantly on Bing?

1 Install the Rank Math Plugin

First and foremost you need to install and setup the Rank Math plugin. You can skip this step if you already have the Rank Math plugin installed on your WordPress website.

2 Verify Your Website on Bing

Once you have installed the plugin, then you need to verify your website on Bing Webmaster Tools.

2.1 Create an Account

In order to connect your website to Bing Webmaster Tools, you need to create an account. You can make use of any email address of your choice. If you do not have one then you need to create one on the Bing Webmasters site.

Log in to Bing Webmaster Tools

2.2 Verify Your Website

Once you have logged in, you need to verify your website by using any of the two methods shown below. You can either add your site manually or if you already have verified your website on Google Search Console then you can connect with it and Bing will import all of your settings and data. We have added the website manually in this article.

verify your website

2.3 Choose Verification Method

Next, you will get a few options to choose from. We will choose the HTML Meta Tag option and use that to verify our website using Rank Math.

Copy the code

2.4 Paste the Code in Rank Math SEO

Paste the Code in Rank Math SEO by going to WordPress Dashboard > Rank Math > General Settings > Webmaster Tools and save the changes.

Paste the code

Once done, hit the verify button by going back to Bing Webmasters Tool.

Verify website in Bing

Your website is now connected to the Bing Webmasters Tool.

3 Enable the Instant Indexing API Module

In order to enable the Instant Indexing API head over to WordPress Dashboard > Rank Math > Dashboard and enable the Instant Indexing API module as shown below:

Enable the Instant Indexing API module

4 Configure Instant Indexing Settings

Once the module is enabled, head over to WordPress Dashboard > Rank Math > Instant Indexing and get your bing API key that you will require in the next step.

Configure Instant Indexing Settings

5 Get the Bing API Key

Follow the below steps to get your API Key from Bing Webmaster Tools:

Step 1: Visit Bing Webmasters Tools and log in.

Step 2: Navigate to the ‘gear’ icon as shown below:

Navigate to the gear icon

Step 3: Select the API Key Option as shown below:

Select API key option

Step 4:  Click Generate API Key button and copy the Generated API Key :

Copy the API Key

6 Add the API Key to Rank Math’s Instant Indexing Settings

Now you need to add the API key into Rank Math’s Instant Indexing Settings. In order to do so head over to Rank Math > Instant Indexing and enter the API key that you copied from Bing’s Webmaster Tools in the previous step.

Enter API Key

Please remember to select the type of content (Posts, Pages, Media, or CPTs) you would like to be submitted automatically.

You’ve now successfully set up the Instant Indexing API with Bing and whenever you will publish a new post or update an existing one, Rank Math SEO will automatically submit the URL to Bing depending on the settings that you have selected.

How to Index Your Content Instantly on Google?

Let us now take a look at how to get your website crawled instantly by Google using their new Indexing API.

1 Download the Plugin Files

At first you need to download the Google Indexing API plugin files.

2 Create an Indexing API Project

Once you have downloaded the plugin files then you need to create an Indexing API Project. In order to do so follow the steps as shown below:

2.1 Go to the Google API Console and Create a New Project

Please ensure that you’re creating a new Indexing API project.

Create new Indexing API

And then click Agree and continue. Once done your new API Indexing Project will be created.

2.2 Create a Service Account

Create a service account by opening the service accounts page and select the project that you created.

Once you have created your project, then click the Create Service Account button as shown below:

Create Service Account

Enter a name and description for the newly created service account. Select and copy the entire Service Account ID because you will need this at a later stage. Then click on Create button.

Service Account Details

Don’t forget to change the role to Owner and click Continue.

Service Account Permissions

Download the file that contains your API key by clicking the Create Key button:

Download API Key

Choose the default JSON format and click Create.

2.3 Add the Service Account as an owner of your Google Search Console Property

First and foremost you’ll need to register and verify your website with the Google Search Console. Once you have verified your property open the Google Search Console, select your property, and then click on Settings as shown below:

Click on Settings

Click on Users and Permissions and then Click on the three dots next to your account, and then click on Manage property owners:

Click on Manage Property Users

Click on the Add an owner button in the Verified owner’s section. Doing so a page will open in a new tab. Click on the Add an owner button in the Verified owner’s section.

Enter the Service account ID (the one you copied out earlier) in the new owner’s email address field and click Continue:

Paste the Service Account ID

Switch back to the previous tab and refresh it. You will now be able to see the Service account listed as a new Owner.

3 Configure the Plugin

 3.1 Insert Your Api Key

Once you have the plugin installed, navigate to Rank Math > Instant Indexing Settings in your WordPress admin area, and paste in the contents of your JSON file, or just upload the file.

Insert the API key

3.2 Use Google’s Indexing Api to Index Any Post/Page on Your Site

Head over to the Console tab. Enter a URL (or more) in the Instant Indexing section, and click the Send to API button as shown below:

Console tab

And after waiting a few moment, you’ll see the following success message if everything’s been configured correctly up until this point:

Instant Indexing Successful

You can also index the URLs from the WordPress Posts section.

Indexing from Posts section

And that’s it – you’ve successfully set up instant indexing for this website with Rank Math! For more information about the benefits of instant indexing – please refer to our detailed guides about getting your content indexed on Google & Bing:

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