Index your content faster with fetch
Just like a car, in order to keep your website running smoothly, you need to work on its maintenance every now and then. Luckily, Google has an array of tools you can use to help you do this quickly and efficiently. One of the most useful in the toolkit is fetch. This provides users with an opportunity to submit their URL to the index.
However, for one reason or another, this tool is often underused by bloggers, webmasters and even SEO specialists. Using fetch is a convenient way to speed up discovery of your new content. So if you’ve published new blogs, listed new products or rejigged your content in any way, using fetch can help Google to find it and give a boost to your ranking.
Submitting your new URL or content using fetch is like pressing a magic button that can take your site up a gear or two. Rather than waiting weeks for Google to recrawl your site and discover the new content for itself, why not give it a helping hand with fetch? Here’s how to do it.
- Go to the webmaster tools home page and select the domain name. Expand the crawl menu and then click ‘fetch as Google’ on the menu.
- Enter your webpage or blog URL into the input field, leaving off the domain name and then click ‘fetch’.
- Submit to index after you have verified that the fetch was successful. Just click the submit button and it’s done.
You can submit either the URL itself or the URL and all the pages linked from it. However, there is a limit of 500 URLs per week using webmaster and there is no guarantee that Google will index all the web pages on your site every time you fetch.
Using fetch helps Google to understand that your website is the originator of all the content on it. If you’ve ever had other sites use your content and then proceed to outrank you, you will know how unfair that can feel. It happens when Google crawls a site that has used your content more than it crawls yours. Google’s algorithms then believe this to be the source of the content. Fetch can help put a stop to this.
Add fetch to your toolkit and you can help get your content in front of Google much faster than ever before. Add this to your list of things to do when creating new content and make it a habit. Fetch every time, then you can sit back and watch as your site miraculously climbs the rankings.
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