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How to Use Fetch As Google in the New Google Search Console

Written by | Date Updated: September 22, 2019

new-fetch-as-googleYou may have noticed that the “Fetch As Google” tool is gone in  the new Google Search Console.  In this post, I’ll tell (and show) you how to use the Fetch As Google tool in the new Google Search Console so that you can quickly index your content in Google.

Fetch As Google in the New Google Search Console

I thought that the old Google Search Console was very good and would have lobbied to keep the old version but, as we all know, that effort would have proved futile.

And, you know what?

I’m actually really liking the new Google Search Console!

And, one thing that I use to do with some frequency in the Google Search Console, was use the Fetch As Google tool for both new and updated content.

Fortunately, this tool is still there…it’s just no longer labelled Fetch As Google.

It’s called the URL Inspection Tool.

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As you see in the graphic, it can be accessed in two places.

Let’s take a look at an example of how to use this tool.

Fetch As Google (URL Inspection Tool) Example

As mentioned, I often use the Fetch Tool when I update content or add new content.  So, today I will use the URL Inspection tool to tell Google that I have updated my article on how to track CTAs in Google Analytics.

First, I will enter the URL in the box.

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After doing so, I receive the following window from the URL Inspection Tool.

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If you expand the “Coverage” section, you will receive the details of the last time the page was crawled.  As you can see in the results below, this page was last crawled on September 21st, 2019.

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Now, if we want to use the Fetch as Google tool like we did in the old Google Search Console (or Webmaster Tools as it was once known)?   Where, oh where, would it be?

It’s that link that says “Request Indexing”.

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When you click this button, it is the same as the old, beloved Fetch As Google Tool.

And, voila, you’re done!

Conclusion:  Fetch As Google in the New Google Search Console

Though I liked the old Google Search Console, the new one has some really cool features.  You can read about all the new Google Search Console features here or here if you prefer a non-Google resource.

Truth be told, the new Fetch as Google (which is now called URL Inspection) is much easier than the old version because the tool is always available to you at the top of your search console.  So, good on ya Google!

So make sure that the next time you have a new post, or an old one that has been updated, head on over to the new Google Search Console and click URL Inspection — it’s the new version of Fetch As Google!

Richard Cummings

Director of SEO, Social Media, and Web Content Development at The SEO System
Richard Cummings has been practicing online marketing for many years and has setup and optimized hundreds of WordPress sites.He founded The SEO System to provide SEO, social media, and online marketing services and software to businesses.

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