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
Do you know how there is the option in webmaster tools to fetch a URL as a Googlebot? Well, if you don’t, there is. 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.
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 URLs 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 a 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 to be crawled and indexed.”
As many SEO experts know, sometimes, the most challenging 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.