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Fetch as Googlebot URL Submission: New Method for Search Engine Optimization

In SEO it is the little tricks that matter, well most of the time. With this in mind, SEO Inc. is reporting on a new way to submit URLs to Google, straight from good old webmaster tools.

Fetch as Googlebot URL Submission

You know how there is the option in webmaster tools to fetch a URL as a Googlebot? Well, if you don’t there is. Basically you can insert a URL and ask Google to evaluate the URL and look for errors. It can be a great tool to use if you want to spot check a particular page for structural SEO issues. Well now this same tool has the option to submit a new URL to Google.

Fetch as Googlebot URL Submission Tool
Fetch as Googlebot URL Submission Tool

According to Google, “The Fetch as Googlebot feature in Webmaster Tools now provides a way to submit new and updated URLs to Google for indexing. After you fetch a URL as Googlebot, if the fetch is successful, you’ll now see the option to submit that URL to our index.”

Google goes on to mention that it will usually crawl the URL within one day, during which time it will consider it for the index. Google will evaluate these URLs just as they would any other URL they come across, no special privileges for this type of submission.

Steps for Submitting a URL Through Fetch as Googlebot Method

  • Step 1: Login to webmaster tools.
  • Step 2: Use Diagnostics > Fetch as Googlebot to fetch the URL
  • Step 3: If the URL is found you will have the option to “Submit to Index”
  • Step 4: After clicking “Submit to Index” you will have the option to submit that URL, or that URL and all the pages that URL links to.

Google has limited the amount of URL submission though this method to 50 per week. Furthermore, you can only submit 10 URL and pages being linked to from the URL considerations per week. They also state that this is for content only, images and videos should be submitted through sitemaps as usual.

As an added bonus to this new feature, Google has updated the “Add your URL to Google” form. It’s now the Crawl URL form.

“It has the same quota limits for submitting pages to the index as the Fetch as Googlebot feature but doesn’t require verifying ownership of the site in question, so you can submit any URLs that you want crawled and indexed.”

As many SEO experts know, sometimes the toughest part of our work is getting Google to notice all the great pages we make. These new options for submitting URLs are a welcomed addition.

About Garry Grant

Garry Grant is a veteran expert in search engine optimization and the digital marketing industry. With nearly 20 years of experience, Garry has successfully built a multi-service operation at SEO, Inc., developing proprietary technologies through complex strategic solutions. He has extensive experience in key initiatives and operational responsibilities grounded in information technology and performance management.

Garry’s expertise and esteemed reputation, coupled with SEO Inc.’s impressive client success record has earned him such accolades as Entrepreneur Magazine's 2005 Hot List for the Hottest Internet Property, Inc. 500 2007 Honorary award for Fastest Growing Private Company in America, an Inc. 500 top 50 Company in San Diego, and interviews with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post.

Garry Grant began his online career in 1993 creating strategic Web and e-business solutions for, The Rush Limbaugh Show, Premiere Radio Networks, Clear Channel Communications, EarthLink and Artisan Motion Pictures. Today, Garry and SEO Inc.’s highly skilled digital strategists develop proprietary technology and strategic digital marketing direction for Fortune 500 companies including, SC Johnson, McAfee,, Inc Magazine, IGN, Tacorri, LPL Financial, National Kidney Foundation, G4 TV, Fuel TV and Sony, just to name a few.