Recently I get a positive result after “instructing” Google to recrawl my page’s URL utilizing “Fetch as Google” tool in Google Search Console (GSC). It was triggered by my own case which one of my latest article post in the topic of “the minimum requirement on 10000 views of Youtube channel” has not yet to be indexed by Google in an expected time after I posted it on my WordPress blog.
I posted my article on April 9, 2017, two days after many web and blogs wrote this story. After waiting for one day, my post had not yet appeared on the Google search page. Though in previous posts, I usually wait for every post automatically indexed by Google (since I already made and submit sitemap.xml), but in this case, I can’t wait any longer because I will lose the great momentum of the newly controversial YouTube policies. The topic of “10000 views” has become a hot issue in Google search, especially among YouTube creators. I want to try in attempting to increase traffic to my blog by using the relevant issue appears in Google, despite many web and blogs were already discussed it before.
Realized the difficulty in getting Google index in short time, I tried to use the shortcut menu that has been provided by Google Search Console (GSC) by using the “Fetch as Google” feature. I also want to know whether this feature can really work or not for my case.
“Fetch” in English dictionary generally has a meaning as “to go after and bring back (someone or something)” like described in this sentence, “If you throw the ball the dog will fetch it”. Then, how Google define the phrase “Fetch as Google” as we can discover it in Google Search Console (GSC) ?.
“The Fetch as Google tool enables you to test how Google crawls or renders a URL on your site”
The following step-by-step I have already taken and the result I got after using the “Fetch as Google” feature might can describe us about the “Fetch as Google” definition :
- Login to your Google Search Console and select your property that contains URL will be fetched.
- Click “Crawl – Fetch as Google” menu at the left side of your Google Search Console dashboard.
- In the blank box alongside your homepage link, type the path component of your page’s URL that wants to be fetched by Google, relative to the site root (leaving the text box blank means Google will fetch your site root page). In my example, if my current property is “http://www.anytutorial.net”, a request for “10000-views-to-monetize-youtube-channel-2017/” would fetch “http://www.anytutorial.net/10000-views-to-monetize-youtube-channel-2017/”.
- Click “Fetch” button to start Google recrawl your page’s URL. Note that you have 500 fetch quota per week and when you are approaching the limit, you will be given a notification.
- Once you finish a fetch request, a row containing fetch attempt appears with status column (in an example : “complete” status means Google successfully contacted your site and crawled your page).
- Wait for a while and try to check your page’s URL in Google search page. In my case, I need to wait for my page’s URL indexed by Google until 2 (two) hours after submitting it via “Fetch as Google”.
Now, I can take an expectation that my blog post can compete among others in Google search results for a specific topic.