If, when and how your site is included in the search results of web search engines depends on a series of factors. Some of these factors are controlled by the search engines but some can be controlled by you as a user.

In general, we don’t prevent search engines from finding, crawling and indexing your public Scroll Viewport site.

Using a sitemap to help search engines crawl your site

With each Viewport site, we automatically generate a sitemap.xml file which allows search engines to crawl the site more intelligently.

You can find your sitemap under your domain's top level directory (e.g. example.scrollhelp.site/sitemap.xml) and under each of your content sources (with Confluence spaces example.scrollhelp.site/contentsource/sitemap.xml and with Scroll Documents example.scrollhelp.site/contentsource/version/sitemap.xml).

Search engines will automatically look for this file in that location.

Factors impacting site indexing

We can’t determine how long it takes for different search engines to index your site and all its content. How long indexing takes can be impacted by:

  • the specific search engine (and their crawling and indexing approach)

  • the theme and content choices you make for your Viewport site

  • the proactive steps you decide to take in order to be indexed by a search engine

Using the Google Search Console to appear in Google search results

You can take a series of proactive steps to control a search engines' ability to find and parse your content.

To be included in the Google index, you can use the Google Search Console to submit an indexing request for your Scroll Viewport site. Google has extensive help resources on this topic.

Once indexed, SEO-wise Scroll Help Sites perform better than public Confluence pages. As static HTML sites, Scroll Help sites are more focused on content than public Confluence pages, which load a lot of content-unrelated page elements.