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Frequently asked questions about SEO

Why doesn’t my site show up in search engine results?

There could be several reasons why your online store isn’t showing up in search engine results:

  • Your online store is too new. Search engines regularly index new sites, but if your site is new, then it might not have been indexed yet. You can try to speed the process by submitting your sitemap to Google Search Console.

  • You have a password on your online store. Learn how to remove your online store password.

  • You are still on a trial account. Search engines don’t index trial stores. When you’re ready, choose Shopify a plan.

  • You recently migrated from another platform and the redirects from your old website haven't been implemented. Learn how to keep your search engine ranking when you migrate your store to Shopify.

  • You need to continue adding keywords and relevant content to your online store. This is the most common reason why your online store might not rank high in search engine results. Developing a content strategy and finding ways to make your store unique will help over the long term.

How do I find out if my site has been indexed in Google?

You can search for your online store in Google by using a site search to see if your site has been indexed in Google.

In a Google search, enter site:yourshopifystore.com, replacing yourshopifystore.com with your online store URL. If pages from your online store appear in the search results, then Google is indexing your site.

Learn more about how to find out of your site has been indexed from Google Search Console Help.

How do I know if my site is optimized for search engines?

There are many free and paid tools for analyzing your online store’s search engine optimization, or you can search for apps to test SEO in the Shopify App store.

Where can I learn more about SEO?

There are many online resources available about SEO. Look for the most up-to-date information, because search engine developers are constantly launching new strategies for finding the most relevant content.

Here are a few places to learn about SEO online:

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