How To See Your Website Through Google’s Eyes: Fetch as GoogleBot

Como Ver Su Sitio Web Desde Los Ojos De Google: Explorar Como Un Googlebot

How To See Your Website Through Google’s Eyes: Fetch as GoogleBot

Today I want to cover a very useful tool that’s available via Google Webmaster Tools. While a great many resources exist within Webmaster Tools, I want to focus on the Fetch as Google tool. This tool is simple in it’s use and explanation, and is immensely useful and helpful to any website owner who is overhauling a website, updating a page, or just starting a new website.

Getting Started With Fetch As Google

The process of using Fetch as Google is pretty simple. Once you’ve verified Webmaster Tools on your website, access the Crawl section and select “Fetch as Google.”

See photo (left).

Once here, you are able to enter any of your webpages to be rendered by Google. This allows you to render both the mobile or desktop versions of any page on your site exactly as Google sees it. Twitter bird icon This also enables you as the site owner to make sure that Google sees everything on your website correctly.


Possible Mobile Optimization Issues

If you pull up a rendered page and it doesn’t look right, something on your site needs to be adjusted. Fetch as Google also provides you access to how Google views the mobile version of your website. With Google’s recent Mobilegeddon update, making sure that all of the pages on your site are easily accessible to mobile users is critical.

After you’ve rendered all the pages of your site, you can then submit all of those pages to Google’s index. This allows you to shortcut Google’s normal indexing process and get your site into the search results faster. Twitter bird icon

See photo (below) for example of fetching and rendering a desktop sample.

webmaster tools fetch

Google stated the following upon release of the 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]

So, like most tools out there, it’s not 100% but it does give you a way to expedite the normal process when making changes to your site or creating a new site entirely. You are also able to tell Google to crawl every link on that page as well, so you can quickly submit your entire website to Google. This will help you get into the results much more quickly and keep your business humming along.

T.J. Mitchell
T.J. Mitchell
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TJ started at Boostability 6 years ago in the Client Services department. He quickly moved up the ranks and began managing a team of Client Services Representatives for 2 years before moving to the Partner team. He’s been on the partner team for close to 4 years and has managed over 100 partnerships of all shapes and sizes. He loves to help teach partners and their clients about SEO and is excited to help you grow your business and partnership with Boostability. He is married to his beautiful wife Courtney and has a Jack Russell named Daisy.