If you run your own website or blog, chances are you use the Google Search Console and it’s features almost on a daily basis. One of it’s most widely used tools is their “request indexing tool” which was disabled on October 14, 2020 for some much needed improvement and maintenance. Google has recently announced that their request indexing tool is back up right before Christmas and the New Year.
Most webmasters know that you don’t need to request indexing on every piece of content that gets published, since Google’s web crawlers do most of the heavy lifting for you by scanning your sitemap.xml file. However, there is a sort of satisfaction that comes with publishing a new piece of content and requesting it gets indexed by Google.
Request Indexing Tool
Requesting indexing of your newly published content is an immediate way to alert Google Web crawlers that you have published a new piece of content. Despite popular opinions about Google Search Console’s indexing tool and how it doesn’t matter if you request indexing of your content, there is actually a benefit of manual indexing requests.
For one, it alerts Google that you are actively involved in your website’s content management and monitoring. Manual indexing requests also alert Google web crawlers quicker when you publish a new piece of content. The quicker the Google web crawlers are notified of your new content, the quicker they can start their indexing process.
If you happen to write an original piece of content for specific keywords that are on the rise and you happen to be the first website to do so, chances are that your content will have a higher likelihood of appearing higher in search engine results. This isn’t a guarantee but simply a possibility. And who doesn’t want to rank on page 1 of Google?
Requesting indexing of your new content is extremely simple inside the Google Search Console. First thing you need to do is ensure that you have accurately added your website property to the Google Search Console. The video below breaks down the necessary steps required to request indexing.
Once you request indexing your content should be fully indexed within 24 hours and in some cases it can take up to 48 hours.
The Indexing Tool is not only important for manually requesting that your new content gets indexed, but it’s also important for validating that your pages are indeed indexed in search results. There are cases in which Google will simply fail to index your pages, so it’s important that you check on the status of your pages in order to ensure they are indexed.
Simply enter a URL that you want to check for indexing and Google will let you know the status.