Google Webmaster Tools have a variety of functions that provide a way of keeping your website running in a smooth manner. Two of the SEO tools that will prove to be of benefit to you when applied are the Site submission tool and the Crawl Errors tool.
The Fetch as Google option is found within the toolkit and has the option of giving users the chance to submit their URL to the index. Despite this unique and useful feature, a lot of SEO experts, bloggers and webmasters rarely use this tool. By utilizing this tool, you can get your new content discovered in the SERPs in a fast and convenient way.
Often when new web pages or blog posts are published, it usually can take weeks or even months for them to show up in the Google such results. Instead of just sitting back and waiting for them to show up a more skilled website owner will ensure that new content is included in their XML sitemap and then feed back their sitemap to Google.
This is where the Fetch as Google tool comes in. Normally, after applying this method Google is able to crawl the URL within a day. In some instances, webpages and SERPs can show up in less than 5 minutes of using the Fetch as Google tool.
This tool is very easy to use. It is worth it to try using it. Below are the steps to follow in order to use this tool.
Step 1: Visit Google Webmaster Tools
Before you are allowed to view the webmaster tools, you will be required to add a property by typing in your website’s URL into the box.
While in the Google Webmaster Tools home screen, select the domain name, click on the Crawl drop down menu, and then click on the Fetch as Google link.
Step 2: Fetch as Google
Type in your webpage or blog URL into the input field, excluding the domain name, and then click the FETCH button.
Step 3: Submit to Index
After clicking the fetch button, confirm that the Fetch status was successful. If you find that the Googlebot can successfully fetch your web page, you can proceed to submit that page to the Google index. To do this, click the Submit to index button.
There are two ways to go about the submission of indexes. It is possible to submit either the URL itself or the URL and all the pages that are linking from it. It is best to submit the URL if your page is new or has recently undergone some updates. However, if your website has undergone some major changes, it is in this case advisable to submit the URL and all linked pages. It is important to note that Google does not assure indexing of all URLs or pages linking to it.
Another advantage of using the Fetch as Tool is in that it allows Google comprehend that your website is the source of your content. Other websites can scrape your content and then outrank you if they extract your content from your RSS feed and get crawled by Googlebot sooner than your website.
Websites with frequent crawl rates or stronger domains are more likely to be considered as the sources of new content. By using the Fetch as Google tool, it is possible to get rid of scrapers who try to outrank you by hijacking your content.
From this article, we can conclude that the Fetch as Tool by Google is very important to bloggers, webmasters and marketers. It is a means not only to conveniently get content discovered faster on Google’s search engines but also a weapon that get rids of scrapers.
Every time we publish content our aim is to have our content appearing on search engine results within a short duration of time as we sit back and relax.