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What’s the difference between ‘indexing’ and ‘ranking’?

Basically indexing means, that you are trying to make the Google spider understand the content of your website, whereas ranking mostly involves in how to rank your content on the SERP. There are many techniques, in order to improve the indexing, which are mostly technical, such as submitting your sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools and your website URL to search engines. However, improving your rankings requires you to focus on your off- and on-page optimisation, such as link development and optimising meta descriptions and titles.