Just where has “Fetch as Google” gone?

You know, that trusty option on Google Search console that let you tell Google you’ve made some changes and you need the page re-crawled? Without it, Google will re-crawl your page, but it’ll take it’s own sweet time to get around to it. It’s an essential tool right? So why is it missing from the new search console?

It hasn’t gone, it’s changed.

And no, I’m not going to say to go to the “old search console” because at some point that won’t exist. So it’s only temporary workaround, for something there doesn’t even need to be a workaround for! In fact, it’s now even easier!

Time needed: 5 minutes.

How to Fetch as Google

  1. Step 1 – Login

    Head over to Search Console and get yourself logged in.

  2. Step 2 – Insert URL into inspection bar

    See the bar right at the top? That says “inspect any url”? Pop the page you’ve changed in it. I’ve just made some changes to my photography homepage, so let’s do that one.

  3. Step 3 – Request indexing

    It’ll now inspect your URL, check it’s indexed, and oh, come up with a button to request indexing. Click that, job done!

  4. Step 4 – Relax

    You’re done, told you it was easy.

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