How to Make Google Crawl your Website Instantly
Discover the Power of Google Webmaster Tools
It’s true that getting Google to notice your website, or even simple changes to your website, can take time. If left to their own schedule, it can sometimes take months for the search giant to re-crawl your site and its content.
What isn’t widely known by people who aren’t in the web development/SEO business is that Google actually allows you to request an immediate crawl and then submit that result, instantly, to its gargantuan search index.
Google Webmaster Tools is one of the tools that we use every day in SEO work. But if you’re a bit technical, you can use it too.
To register your website, visit:
If you’ve not yet registered a site, you’ll be presented with a page that looks like this:
Simply type your website domain (yourdomain.com) into the field and click Add Property.
Once you’ve done this, you will need to verify your ownership of the website. There are several methods you can use to do this, and Google lists these. Choose the one that works best for you.
Once you’ve verified ownership, you’ll see a confirmation like this:
Congratulations, you have successfully verified your ownership of yourdomain.com.
Next, you’ll be presented with a menu, and you’ll want to click Crawl and the Fetch as Google item in the submenu.
Without typing anything in the field following your website’s domain, simply click Fetch.
Google will then fetch your site and let you know when it has it. Wait a few moments, and you’ll be presented with a result that looks like the following:
Now click the Submit to Index button.
You’ll be presented with this final window:
Tell Google here if you’d like it to crawl subpages too. If you’re unsure, choose Crawl URL and its direct links.
Click the “I’m not a Robot” checkbox and Go.
There are numerous other options to explore. For example, you can also request that the website be crawled as a mobile site, but you’ve just done a basic crawl. You made Google crawl your website, real time, instead of waiting around for them to do it eventually. A true case of the tail wagging the dog!
If you had problems attempting the above, or don’t feel you’re technical enough to give it a shot, give us a shout. We’ll be glad to help.