“Fetch as Googlebot” in Google Webmaster Tools

"Fetch as Googlebot" in Google Webmaster Tools

“Fetch as Googlebot” in Google Webmaster Tools

Update: Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) has been rebranded to Google Search Console. Everything is exactly the same as it was before. Just a new name. The name was changed to be more inclusive since webmasters are just one of the many groups of people that use GWT.

The Fetch as Googlebot feature in Webmaster Tools has just been released! What is this you ask? It’s a great new tool for webmasters (and business owners) to submit their sites to Google. Indexing your site to Google naturally can take three to six months for it to be fully indexed. With Fetch you can see that same result in just a day! Here is what Google says in their Webmaster Blog about the new Fetch tool:

“When you submit a URL in this way Googlebot will crawl the URL, usually within a day. We’ll then consider it for inclusion in our index. Note that we don’t guarantee that every URL submitted in this way will be indexed; we’ll still use our regular processes—the same ones we use on URLs discovered in any other way—to evaluate whether a URL belongs in our index.” [1]

This is very exciting news and should give you incentive to have your website linked with Google Webmaster. The Webmaster Blog continues in stating that this is a great option if you have a new item on your website that you want updated immediately for a special occasion or a peak season.

Of course there are restrictions, such as only being able to submit changes a few times a week if you are updating your web page. If you want Google Bot to crawl your entire site, you can only do that 10 times a month. I still would trust Google Bot to crawl your website naturally, and as long as you have a Webmaster account, that crawling is going to happen fairly often.

Jordan Colton
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