I have personal blog, and in one week my site is still not indexed in Google Search.

I have submitted to Google Analytics and Google Search Console and it's still not indexed.

Then I read in their sitemap guide that it says:

Use consistent, fully-qualified URLs. Google will crawl your URLs exactly as listed. For instance, if your site is at https://www.example.com/, don't specify a URL as https://example.com/ (missing www) or ./mypage.html (a relative URL).

Is it true that Google will not index my site because my website is missing www or does not use a FQDN? Why can't I not use www, because it would be my preference not to.

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    FQDN does not mean starting with www.. Your hostname is a FQDN if you want, that is not the issue. The paragraph you quote is just to tell you to use only one name for your site and be consistent with it. If you decided to use a name without www then it is fine, just use it as is. Commented Oct 21, 2022 at 21:20
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    It can take more than a week. And if Google does not like something on your page, it may not index it. Have you looked at the GSC ? It will tell you when it was last crawled (if at all). What does it say when you do a URL Inspection Commented Oct 21, 2022 at 21:43
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    If you submit it to Bing and especially Yandex, they will give more feedback about anything that is not quite right. Google is often will not give a reason. Commented Oct 21, 2022 at 22:00
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    Yes "according to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fully_qualified_domain_name ", example.com is as much a FQDN as www.example.com is. I don't know where you get confused, but that is not the problem. The distinction comes when you are in some kind of local network where you can use short names like intranet where the full name (FQDN) would be in fact intranet.corp.example.com. Commented Oct 22, 2022 at 18:15
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    "where i can read FQDN does not mean starting with www. ?" Naming website with a www. prefix is a pure convention and absolutely not a technical requirement. This stems from an era long gone, where one website was one physical host and hence you needed a name for that computer, so www was logical. We are way past those considerations now and you can have your website on any name you want. Commented Oct 22, 2022 at 18:16

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You do not need www.

The important term in the statement you quoted is the word if. The statement only refers to "if your URLs look like this, do not put them in the sitemap like that". That's it.

You could also interpret it like this:

if your site is at https://example.com/, don't specify a URL as https://www.example.com/ (additional www) or ./mypage.html (a relative URL).

By the way, this is only a statement about sitemaps. Most small websites do not need a sitemap for Google to crawl and index them. A sitemaps does help. But it is not a requirement.

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