What Does Fetch as Google(bot) Mean?
Fetch as Google is a tool that allows you to see how Googlebot crawls and if you choose, renders your website’s pages. Google’s crawl is necessary for your site to be indexed, so it is beneficial to know whether the bot is able to crawl your website properly before submitting your site or site’s pages to the index.
Submit Your Website to Google’s Index
Anytime you make changes to your site, you can submit the new pages to Google for re-crawling. It will likely take some time to process the request and submitting a page to the index is not a guarantee that it will actually be indexed. Google’s algorithm determines that. Here are the steps for submitting your site to Google’s index.
1. Log in to Google Search Console
Go here: https://www.google.com/webmasters and click the Sign in to Search Console button. You can click on any image in this blog post to see a larger version.
2. Enter Your Email Address
Enter your email address and click Next to begin the sign in process. You may see places to enter both your email address and password on the same screen. If that is the case, enter them both and click the button to continue to the next step. Click Need help? if you don’t remember your email address. Google will give you choices for recovering it. Once you have recovered your email address for the account, log out and go back to the first step.
3. Enter Your Password
Enter your password and click Sign in. Click Forgot password? if you don’t remember your password. Google will give you choices for recovering it. Once you have recovered your password, log out and go back to the first step.
4. Select Your Website URL
You may have two versions of your URL in your account, one with and one without www. One should be forwarding to the other. Choose the one that is being forwarded to.
5. Click Crawl, then Fetch as Google
6. Input URL You Want Google to Fetch
Either copy and paste the part of the URL that is needed or leave it blank if you want to fetch and submit your homepage to Google.
7. Check the Fetch
Click the status shown in the Status column. In this case, the status is Complete, so you would click on Complete. You may also see a status of Partial.
Make sure that the render matches your website. Google will bring up a side-by-side comparison. If not, contact your web developer for help.
8. Submit to the Google Index
Click the Submit to index button shown above and the following pop-up will appear.
Choose whether you want Google to crawl only the page specified or all pages linked to from the specified page. Click the Go button and you’re all set.