What is Fetch as Google in Webmaster Tools?
In building your website and using any of the free Google resources you may have asked yourself, what is Fetch as Google in Webmaster Tools? That was something I wondered about when I first got my start building my websites. But it was a question that was quickly answered after watching a Matt Cutts video about it, which I provide below.
What is Fetch as Googlebot?
Fetch as Google and Fetch as Googlebot are one and the same, with the latter being the more technically correct terminology. The reason being is that when you initiate the Fetch as Google feature in Webmaster Tools you are requesting Googlebot to immediately crawl your website content.
This is especially great for websites that may have been hacked or improper functions were accidentally initiated and then had to be removed. By having the ability to get Googlebot to crawl your updated content, it will help you to debug any problems and verify any made fixes.
To do this you would simply enter into your website on the Webmaster Tools Home Page. This will take you to the Webmaster Tools Dashboard screen. In the left side menu you will see a few selections. The bottom selection with an arrow next to it will say “Crawl”. You will want to click on that and then in the drop down menu that appears you will want to click on “Fetch as Google” (see Arrow 1 in the image below).
You then want to type in (or copy & then paste) the webpage extension for the page you wish Googlebot to crawl. Note your root domain name URL is already present, (see Arrow 2 in the image above). Once you have the page you want crawled, you simply click on the button that says “Fetch” (see Arrow 3 in the image above).
How would you like Googlebot to crawl your page?
After you click on “Fetch” you will see your fetched webpage URL appear below the buttons, also seen in the image above. And to the right of the URL you will see a button that says, “Submit to Index.” Once you click on Submit to Index, you will have a choice in how you can have Googlebot crawl your webpage. As seen in the image below you can either have just that webpage crawled (top selection) or you can have that webpage and all of the other pages that it links to, crawled as well (bottom selection).
Normally I only have the one page crawled, via the top selection radio button. The only time I will choose the bottom selection is if the pages that are linked have also been updated. Google will only allow you to use the bottom feature 10 times per month, so that is another reason why I will not use this selection that often, But when I do use it, the pages that are crawled get indexed within the hour without having to wait a few days.
The Fetch as Google in Webmaster Tools is a great free Google resource. As it is explained in the video below, Fetch as Googlebot can help to get your new and newly updated content indexed into Google within 24 hours. This can be very beneficial if you have to get an update indexed into Google really quickly or if you are like me and would just rather have your content indexed into Google as soon as possible. Watch the video and let Matt Cutts explain it.
If you would like to learn more great information from Matt Cutts of Google as well as other important information that can further enhance your website SEO (Search Engine Optimization), check out the other information and video I have on my blog post called, What is the Meta Description. If you would like to learn more about SEO and the benefits of Keyword Research, check out my other post called, What are Keywords for and why are they Important?
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