When you launch a new website or add new content to an existing site, you could be waiting for what seems like an age before it is eventually indexed by Google.
To speed up the indexing process you can use a tool called Fetch as Google, sometimes referred to as Fetch as Googlebot. This tool will considerably reduce the time it takes for your new website or content to get indexed by Google.
When you use this tool you are telling Googlebot you want your new website, post or page to be discovered and crawled immediately instead of having to wait for them to be found.
To be able to use the Fetch as Google tool you need to set up a Google Webmaster Tools account. You then need to add your website to this account and verify it. I have explained how I add and verify my sites in Webmaster Tools in this post.
How to Use Fetch as Google
Log in to Webmaster Tools, select the site you want to index and follow the five steps shown in the screenshot below. In the following example I have used my test website.
1 – Click on “Crawl”.
2 – Select “Fetch as Google”.
3- Enter the URL you want to index. (I have left this field blank as this test website has not been indexed by Google and I want to demonstrate how to index the homepage).
4 – Click on “Fetch”.
5 – When the “Fetch Status” shows “Success” click on “Submit to index”.
Next you will see the “Submit URL to index” options. Select “URL” and click on “OK”. Note that you would only need to select “URL and all linked pages” if you have made major changes to an existing website.
After a few seconds you will see that your website URL has been submitted to index.
So how long does it take for your new website to appear in Google Search Results? On this occasion it only took two and a half hours to index my test website. I hope you can now see that using Fetch as Google is a great way to get your website indexed by Google fast.
Next I will show you how long it takes to index a new post using this tool. The process is the same as above however this time at Step 3 I enter the URL of a test post. See below.
After submitting the URL I immediately run a search and as you can see it has been indexed by Google instantly.
I personally find that after I have indexed my homepage URL I am able to index all of my new posts or pages instantly by using Fetch as Google.
This tool is also very useful if you update the content of an existing post. Usually it would be a case of resubmitting your XML sitemap and waiting for Googlebot to recrawl your updated post so Google can update their index. By using Fetch as Google you can submit the URL of your updated post to get Googlebot to recrawl it quickly.
In my view this is a truly excellent tool that I feel sure you would benefit from using. Since I discovered this tool I have not stopped using it. I haven’t found a better way to index my new websites or content quickly.
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