Normally, after publishing a blog post, I usually go to Google Webmaster tools to have the post crawled and fetch right away. I do this before I share the post link in social media like posting in Isensey’s Facebook page.
Why do I do this? I believe that submitting a newly publish post via “Fetch by Google” helps in getting the post index in Google Search faster. Based on experience it appears to be effective, usually after fetching in Google Webmaster my new blog post is already crawled and indexed in less than 5 minutes.
Google Webmaster Fetch Tools
Why is Google crawling, fetching, and indexing important? It’s important because majority of internet users uses Google Search over other search engines available online. If your posts are indexed in Google Search Engine, then your post have a chance of appearing in the search engine result when someone query a keyword found in your blog post.
‘Fetching’ is especially useful for those who have viral / entertainment websites where timing is key, and where your ‘viral story’ post needs to show up in serps as soon as possible, before all other similar niche websites pitch-in the story. You don’t want your post to appear in Google search result two days after a story has gone viral, right? You want indexing that is NOW!
How to Crawl and Fetch in Google Webmaster Tools
*The assumption here is that you have already added and verified your website aka “your property” to Google Webmaster Console. It is recommended to add the versions of your site, which are:
- Version 1 with no “www” like in “isensey.com”
- Version 2 with “www” like in “www.isensey.com”
If you need guidance on how to add your websites or properties to Google Webmaster Console, check this post for guide.
*Isensey’s primary version is without the “www” in the url. You will know if a website’s main version uses “www” or “no www” by looking at your browser and see there if “www” appears or is missing.
So here is the tutorial on how to submit post to Google Webmaster console by for crawling and fetching:
If successful, the words “URL Submitted to index” will appear.
If there is a fetch error, try again, or check if your website is really up, or if you are not blocking Google bots via your robot.txt.
HOW TO CHECK IF POST IS INDEX?
Here’s the sample, using this very post that you are reading right now:
If your post appears on the search result, then it means your post is successfully index in Google Search, and that it will show up on the results. Just like this:
*However, your ranking on search result, your placement, if you appear in Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, etc., for a keyword in serps is another matter; it’s more on the SEO side of things.
This post is focus on teaching you how to submit your post for crawling and fetching in Google Webmaster tool, to help you with indexing and to see how your page renders to Google.
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