Fetch as Google is a feature of the Google Search Console that lets you simulate how Google will render a published web page. It will also allow you to manually submit pages to Google’s search index. This means you can update Google as quickly and efficiently as possible about changes made to your site.

 

Google is already good at finding and indexing changes to websites on its own, but there are two great tools that can help speed this process up even more: Fetch and Index.

Fetch

The Fetch as Google tool lets you see how Google renders pages from your website. You can run a Fetch from the Search Console by selecting Fetch as Google under the Crawl category in the left navigation.

By default, the URL field is left blank, which will fetch the homepage of your site unless you specifically enter a different page in the field.

 

Fetch and Render

Fetch and Render will let you see how Google views your code as well, but it will also provide a visual representation of what Google sees. It’s very helpful when troubleshooting your homepage or other pages. Here are the steps:

  1. Click Fetch and Render
  2. Wait until you see a Complete status (alternate statuses may appear if Google can’t access your site)
  3. Click on the generated row to view the Fetch and Render results 

After you click “Fetch and Render” it may take a moment to load, and if it was successful you should see a Complete status. There are alternate statuses that may appear if Google can’t access your site or parts of your site. This typically happens if you purposefully blocked content on your site.

Once the Complete status appears, you can click on that row to view the Fetch and Render.

Results

In the Fetch and Render results you will see a side-by-side comparison of how Google sees the page (left) and how a visitor might see your page (right).

Keep in mind
  • Google looks for content to add to its search index, like text and images. Because of this, specific layout and styles may not display properly—this is normal and shouldn’t cause alarm.
 

Indexing

Indexing is an excellent tool to use if you recently made updates to your site, or to a page on your site, and you want to let Google know about that change right away.

You can choose one of two options:

  1. Crawl only this URL - use this if you only want to update Google with one specific page in your site.
  2. Crawl this URL and its direct links - use this if you want to update Google with multiple pages.
 

Submissions

Keep in mind that both requests have limited submissions in a 30-day period. Again, Google is good about indexing changes you make to your site so these steps aren’t necessary every time a small change is made on your site.

Once you are ready to submit your URL(s) for indexing, press “Go”. Despite this, Fetch and Indexing are the best ways to let Google know about changes or updates you’ve made to your site.

Submitting your URL for indexing on Google
Good to know
  • This generally takes a few days and it could take some time for your changes to appear on Google. Even after submitting a request, Google does not guarantee all your changes will be indexed.