Don't Use Fetch As Google - Use AddURL

Last Update: November 23, 2017

Hey,

Quick tip for you all today.

A lot of people recommend using Webmaster Tools (or Google Search Console) "Fetch as Google" when they want to speed up getting their site or article indexed.

I've never been a fan of doing this, because it's not what Fetch as Google is supposed to be used for, and that's why there's a limit on how many times you can do it.

Instead, you should use Google.com/addurl

First of all, it's what you're supposed to use, and second of all, it's so much faster.

I've had new sites that struggled to get indexed, and Fetch as Google didn't always work. With /addurl, I was able to add 3-4 URLs and have them all indexed in less than 24 hours. Sometimes much shorter.

Fetch as Google is basically a way of saying "Show me what Google sees when it crawls this URL" (which is why you have the option to Render as well). This is good if you think there might be some technical issues with your site, or if it's not displaying properly.

I had a site last week that had indexing issues so I used Fetch and saw that there were some redirect issues between HTTP and HTTPS, so that helped. That's the only real time I recommend using Fetch.

Instead, if you want to get something added to the index faster, use the tool Google actually created for that purpose. You'll get it indexed 10x faster.

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MJL71 Premium
You know, when you click on the link there, you don't get AddUrl, you get a redirect to Fetch, or it tells you to submit a site map. At least, I do. I'm confused about this. Because some time ago there was a lesson, or a blog, about NOT using AddUrl, but to go back to using Fetch.

Anyone have any thoughts on this? thanks.
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Labman Premium
AddURL has been redirected to Fetch as Google.
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MJL71 Premium
Okay, so I'm guessing - nothing personal - this blog is out of date?
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celiacman Premium
Thank You
I saved the link for easy access, so much easier than keep searching for Fetch all the time
Jeff
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ewo Premium
Good to know. Thanks, Dom.
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Phemwood Premium
Great job Dom, thanks for this.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
"Fetch as Google is basically a way of saying "Show me what Google sees when it crawls this URL" (which is why you have the option to Render as well)."

But then they have the option to request indexing.

I don't know but I use addurl and then I saw an argument in a live class with Jay for using Fetch vs Addurl. I think they're both the same thing and there for pretty much do the same thing.
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bpais1 Premium
I've fetched. I've "add URL-ed."

I've done both at the same time. Which didn't really add any advantage.

So, you're correct, Jay. It doesn't matter which one you choose, they both serve the same function.

Choose one or the other - take your pick - but, doing both at the same time is probably overkill.

Jim
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DianneBee Premium
I've never heard of this. Thanks!
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Pauric Premium
Great Tip Dom. Thank You
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SachiKashi Premium
Thanks for the info!
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MJL71 Premium
Thanks for the info. What gets me - and I'm glad you have posted this - is that there seem to be a number of different ways to do the same thing. I'm just wondering what the reason for this is. Any help there?
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ZEGU Premium
It's tricky why there are so many ways of doing the same thing.
Hopefully, you will get this explained by one of our fellow community members.
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MJL71 Premium
Thanks, Dom.
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viyee Premium
Awesome Dom. Great info.
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StPaul Premium
Thanks a lot for the post. I recently added my site to Google Search Console and I have 68 posts on my sites very few are ranking in the first and second page. May I ask is that I need to submit all my post to Use AddURL. Please advice.

Your Friend,
Paul
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skmorrow Premium
Is there a way to add new urls to bing as well? If so, how?
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DSweat1 Premium
Once you sign into Bing Webmaster, on the left there's a section that says "Configure My Site".

Then a section that says "Submit URLs" will pop up on the left.

Click that, then you can several URLs (one per line) and submit them.

I usually check the box after I submit a URL then click Resubmit.

Hope that helps!
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skmorrow Premium
Thank you. I have never done this for Bing. I will have to give that a shot.
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MJL71 Premium
Does this mean adding the URL with the Permalinks?
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skmorrow Premium
When I use this tool, I go to my site and click on the post I want to submit. Then I just copy the entire URL and enter that. I hope that helps.
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MJL71 Premium
Thanks. I just thought that since the URL home page is in the search box already, all you had to do was add just the link to the actually post.
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JooKwang Premium
Hi Dom, this is a great tip! I have been using Fetch as Google without realising it doesn't add 'speed' to my indexing. I'm going to try ADDURL from now on.
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bpais1 Premium
Hi Jude,

Since Dom posted this ADDURL information, I have tried it both ways. Matter of fact, I even tried both of them together (which is actually overkill).

I didn't see any faster indexing one way or the other. So, personally, I think it's more a matter of preference.

Jim
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JooKwang Premium
Hi Jim, thanks for sharing your experience. I will just try it out.
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NickSkellern Premium
Great tip for indexing Dom. Thanks for sharing it.
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alesiah Premium
Thanks so much for the Information ! I will be using this from now on!
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JackieSmith Premium
Thanks Dom!
I'll be using this method from now on.
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jwlewis777 Premium
Very good information! Thank you!
:)
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Mikepawlik Premium
Google technology advances so quickly sometimes without warning.

Is this still valid for February 2018?
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CJDodaro Premium
Once your site is established, everything usually gets automatically updated in your XML Sitemap. You can still Fetch or use Dom's method if you need to speed things up a bit, but sitemap is really pretty quick.
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GBridgart Premium
You just don't stop learning at WA
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skmorrow Premium
Sorry for this basic question, but do we add the https:// at the beginning with this method?
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NickSkellern Premium
Yes I do
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HarveyBrown Premium
Hello Steve, SEOs like sites that are secure so it would be better if you did add it.
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skmorrow Premium
Thanks!
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skmorrow Premium
Thank you.
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CJDodaro Premium
Hi Dom,

Where do I find that URL: http://google.com/addurl

Is it in Search Console or where?

Thanks,
CJ
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DomW Premium
Well the URL is right there. Does it not show up when you click it? If not, then yeah login to google first.
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CJDodaro Premium
I realize that is in your blog, but where is it located in Google Search Console or Google Analytics?

Thanks,
CJ
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mbouteiller Premium
I haven't seen it in Google Search Console or Google Analytics. It's best to just click into it.
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tudogz Premium
So is this preferable to just using "fetch"?
I wonder why they have two ways of doing the same thing?
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DomW Premium
They don't have two ways. Fetch is you asking Google to look at your URL and see if it has any errors, it just happens that doing this tends to index it as well.
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tudogz Premium
Aha! Makes sense now.
Thanks Dom.
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mbouteiller Premium
Thank you Dom... this is really helpful!

How often can I use ADDURL? Can I submit my entire website or is it one post at a time?
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DomW Premium
I normally use it a few times per week so I don't know what the limit is. You shouldn't need to do your whole website if it's been indexed and has a sitemap already, just do new posts as they come out.
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mbouteiller Premium
I see, I understand now... thank you Dom and for your quick response!
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MelaniLukito Premium
Thank you for the info, Dom.
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randallpaul Premium
Dom, Thank you for this tip. If it works I will be using it all the time that is for sure
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AussieJeff Premium
Thanks for this great tip, Dom.
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dabs94 Premium
I love his tip... thanks, Dom!
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Noteboom Premium
This is brilliant, thank you! I test this link this today when I was indexing new post; https://sportssend.com/best-running-tights-for-men/ It took only a few minutes! Much quicker than fetch! Even so it´s not special for mobile, it much be the same index.
Thank you, DomW.
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CraigW315 Premium
So glad I read this...
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TeamIceCream Premium
Thank you Dom, I've made a note of that!
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Tabsmark Premium
This was so interesting! I will give it a shot. :-) Thanks for passing on this great tip.
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carolbinger Premium
Thanks for letting us know such great info. Well appreciated
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LouisaB Premium
Thanks for the heads up on this.This is certainly good information to have.
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Thimo2018 Premium
Thanks for the advice
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gilldodier Premium
OK, good advice, thanks
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Jordan29 Premium
Do you use this technique for smaller search engine like Bing Webmaster
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Dhind1 Premium
Thank you. I did not know this, and I am guessing many others did not know as well.
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SantaFez Premium
And I keep on getting "security robot" checks....that is not faster!!
any suggestions?
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SantaFez Premium
Thanks for this advice, just did one for testing.
But how do you put more than one URL when there is only one "window"?
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Alan Hocking Premium
You have to just add them individually unfortunately Orion but it's the quickest way to get them indexed and ranked
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SantaFez Premium
I see....thanks...
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SantaFez Premium
This is really great! Thank you for this - I had no idea!
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Ludomi Premium
thank you, just done it

Best,
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DDrees Premium
Very helpful tip. Thanks
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hirohurl Premium
Thank you for the clarification. :)
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Nkaujzeb Premium
Bookmarked.
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sns1977 Premium
Great info! Thanks!
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Loes Premium
Thanks Dom, bookmarked!
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Nick-at-WA Premium
Thanks Dom, something to bookmark.
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RoriO Premium
It's in my library. Thanks, Dom!
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Joy3 Premium
Thanks for this info. I really need my ranking
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libertas Premium
So is this method useful after you've overhauled and updated an old post and hope that Google re-ranks it higher?
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TheOldSilly Premium
I would think it is, makes sense, right?
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Joy3 Premium
Well based on this I am going to apply this to my old posts
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Armlemt Premium
Thanks for the information. I had been going by Jay's training. I will do this now.
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mikegsaiz Premium
Thanks for the info, take care.

Mike
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bpais1 Premium
Does anyone know what the "submission limit" is for Google AddUrl ???

I ran some pages that were previously "fetched" through AddUrl yesterday and now I'm getting a statement saying, "You have reached your submission limit using this tool."

What's up with that?

Jim
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MKearns Premium
Thiis thread explores the answer(s) meticulously! https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/webmasters/TvTdyB9vv98
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bpais1 Premium
I must be missing something, Mike.

The URL you gave me for the thread only talks about "removing URLs." I am talking about "adding URLs" at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url.

And, I could not find any hint to the actual "submission limit" in the thread.

Call me a dum-dum...but, help me out here, Mike.

Jim
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MKearns Premium
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bpais1 Premium
Mike, that's the URL I mentioned above. That URL is the one that gives me the following message when I paste in one of my website URLs: "Your request has been denied. Reason: Your request can not be processed at this time. Please try again in a few days."

When I do a Google search for "Google AddURL", I get Google search results that says the following at the beginning:

"Have a new page? Let us know."

I paste in one of my website URLs in the box provided at the beginning of this Google search page. And, after clicking "SUBMIT", I get (in red letters), "You have reached your submission limit using this tool. You can add more URLs using a sitemap. Monitor your site's search traffic in Search Console."

So...my question still is...where the heck can I find the actual "submission limit" ???

Jim
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frex6 Premium
Thanks for this info., I'm having problems with fetch also, it just wants to redirect and can't get no info from it. I'll try this link.
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bpais1 Premium
This is the first I've heard about "AddUrl", Dom.

It definitely looks like another...maybe the best...way to get my pages ranked!

I will try it and let you know my results!

Thanks, for the post!

Jim
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Brooks5280 Premium
Hi, I have been using Fetch as Google with no results but they are all redirecting. From what it sounds like that is a problem? If so how do I correct it?
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kmer6 Premium
Good morning. The redirect is from your permalink address. If for example, the url of the web page is
http://yourwebsite.com/reviews/what-is-Jaaxy
If you fetch as / what-is-Jaaxy, Google will redirect. This is what happened to me. I haven’t found the best alternative to stop the redirect. I’m still working on it. I’ll let you know when I have it solved.
Ken
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Jewelia Premium
Thank you so much! Very well explained!
~ Julia
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RuiSantos1 Premium
Thanks for the tip Dom. I only used Fetch for the first time today and great to learn there is a more appropriate for getting your pages indexed.
Cheers,
Rui
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AriefWibowo Premium
Wow. I just know this. Thank you for the information, Dom!
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TonyHamilton Premium
Awesome information Dom!

Thank you for sharing your expertise with us all, I have utilized it and am seeing great results already.

Tony
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Isabella4198 Premium
Great information...will try it.
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DaveSw Premium
Useful info...Thx...
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Colorman Premium
Thanks Dom. That is quite helpful
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DarleneB Premium
Thanks so much for the explanation of, fetch as google & adding your url. I didn't know that but will start using, add url from now on.
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Skydancer1 Premium
Right on. Good info

I used this and ranked on page 2 In google in 9 minutes after launch.

Thanks for the info
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JohnCrossley Premium
thanks, really useful
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Osteo Premium
Thanks for explaining about Fetch as Google.
Trevor
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NemiraB Premium
Thanks, how you find it out?
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DomW Premium
I live and breathe internet marketing
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derekmarshal Premium
Thanks for sharing the tip Dom. I have noticed the more regularly you create fresh content the more frequently google will visit your site looking for that fresh content and index it.
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DomW Premium
Yeah exactly, once a site is old you don't need to fetch or addurl.
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Bibian2 Premium
Thanks for sharing
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dj-drea Premium
Thanks Dom!
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laurenjean Premium
Oh, awesome!! Thanks for sharing this valuable information, Dom. I am going to do that right away. I have been struggling to work out how to use fetch as google to index all my sites. I'm automatically logged into one so the others are being neglected.
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tommo1968 Premium
I had actually that saved in my bookmarks but forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder.
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Balloons29 Premium
Thank you, Dom,
Every little bit helps.

Tracy
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peterma Premium
Thanks for posting, I sure didn't know that but will use /addurl from now on. Have a great day.
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Sorayacge Premium
Great info, thank you! :)
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shazzaWA Premium
Thanks heaps for that Dom.
I seem to be having problems with the Fetch As feature anyway. It gives me an error so this is welcome news to me!
There is always a solution for everything isnt there.. lucky we have you guys giving us the advice!
Thanks again!
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DomW Premium
What kind of error? That might mean there is some technical seo issue on your site.
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shazzaWA Premium
It had an exclamation mark and said Indexing Requested whereas normally it would just say Completed. After I had done the Fetch as Google process taught by Jay. I have already done a bunch that were fine.
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DomW Premium
Should be fine then if it's indexed now.
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Jay Gumbs Premium
Thanks. I didn't know about this and was using Fetch as Google all week to index new content.

I used AddURL today and everything gets indexed in seconds.
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ValerieJoy Premium
Hi Dom, thanks for the reminder. I had used this before joining WA, and then I forgot about it.

The only thing I would add is, this tool does not provide the options of desktop and mobile. I wonder how much effect that has on the indexing, if any?
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DomW Premium
I don't see it making a difference.
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ValerieJoy Premium
I don't either Dom. But it makes one wonder why both are included in Webmaster tools. Just one of those things, perhaps.
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DomW Premium
Because one is used for the purpose of getting a url indexed and one is used for the purpose of seeing what Google sees when it crawls your site. Fetch isn't designed to get your site indexed, it just happens to have that result.
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PatsyC Premium
Hi Dom, Fetch as Google works well for me. I do the fetch then check right after and it's been indexed.

I've never heard of this other one, I'll take a look thanks :)
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DomW Premium
If you get indexed that quickly you don't need to even use anything. This feature is only for sites that struggle to get indexed.
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PatsyC Premium
Hi, I just wanted to check it out and it wasn't for me.

You are right I don't need to do anymore fetching, I was used to it but now it's off my to do list. Thanks!
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littlemama Premium
Fetch as Google as worked for me and I would get indexed & ranked within seconds sometimes.

Would it hurt to submit to both places, Dom?
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Zarina Premium
Good question - let me know if you find that out ;)
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Miren Premium
Same here. Fetch as Google has been working well for me but I'm wondering if using it too much is good or not. I've never heard of AddURL so it would be great if there was no problem with using both.
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DomW Premium
No need to submit to both. Question, if you are getting indexed that quickly, what happens if you don't use Fetch? It's only really necessary for new sites. HPD doesn't do anything and we index in hours.
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littlemama Premium
If I didn’t use it, I would index in a few hours, I just want to index faster.
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SuzaMarie Premium
Very cool! Thanks!
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mybiz4u Premium
Thnx, Dom. Appreciate it. I did it and I notice that I can only add one URL at a time. Is there a way to do a bulk add? Thnx as always.
M
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DomW Premium
Nope, but are you bulk publishing?
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mybiz4u Premium
No, just wondered if there was a way to just add all the past articles I wrote.
M
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MikeMahaffey Premium
Thanks for taking the time to educate the masses, especially me!
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tmaltz Premium
Awesome Dom, thanks so much.
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teddae Premium
That's strange. How come nobody ever mentioned this? I have never heard of this before. Thank you!
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teddae Premium
I notice that the field asks for URL:

So do you put the entire URL string for the new post or post update in the empty field?

Or, do you put the website URL there, and it searches entire site?

Just want to make sure, thanks again.
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DomW Premium
Put the whole post URL like http://domain.com/your-post
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laurenjean Premium
Oh great... that was going to be my question too. Asked and answered
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billybons Premium
This is very interesting. Never heard of that before. Thank you for the tip. But how can it be explained from the technical point of view?
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DEversley Premium
Nothing too technical really. Read about it here.
https://seo-hacker.com/urls-submitted-google-serp/
David
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DomW Premium
You're saying to Google "Hey, add this to your index". Sorted.
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billybons Premium
Thank you.
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billybons Premium
Got it.
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CJDodaro Premium
Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated. Have a great one.

CJ
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NatNiches Premium
Interesting! Thanks Dom
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PatrickM1 Premium
Dom - Great tip. Thanks for sharing.
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mcourtney747 Premium
Thank you for this! I never knew that’s what Fetch as Google was for. Appreciate this post. Take care.

Melissa
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KMeyer Premium
Thanks for the information you shared.
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lucioz Premium
Thanks for the advice. I never knew that before. Thanks to you.
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khoula Premium
thanks for the advice!
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stn67 Premium
I'll thank you, Dom
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VonnieOh Premium
Does addurl also work for old published posts?
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jvranjes Premium
I am taking the freedom to reply; yes sure. I use it for that purpose.
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DomW Premium
It just tells Google to index a post, so if it is already indexed, I'm not sure the purpose. I guess if you want them to re-crawl a post that has been updated then Fetch might be better.
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Jamie2803 Premium
Thank you ever so much for this, Dom! I'll start using this from now on. :)
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jvranjes Premium
Fetch works perfect for me. My posts are indexed and ranked in seconds, the fastest so far I registered was 8 seconds.

Have a new site, just a few weeks old, and even there I have posts indexed and ranked within minutes (not all though). So I am convinced it works well on my side.

But I do always use what you suggest for Bing; and sometimes also for Google too when I make updates to older posts. Was not aware of any formal difference between the two ways.
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khoula Premium
Same, fetch seems to work fine for me too
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DomW Premium
Go ahead and use Fetch, but just remember that addurl will work just as effectively, if not more so, and is also the one you're supposed to use. When stuff gets indexed in a second, your site doesn't even need you to add it to Google, cos they'll index it quickly anyway.
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JamesJB Premium
Thank you for this, Dom. I've been using Fetch all along, as that is what was instructed.
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Kav Premium
Thank you so much.
Hopefully, this will resolve indexing issues I've recently discovered on my site.
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DEversley Premium
Thanks for this very informative post.
David
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N33 Premium
Thank you. I just used Fetch for the very first time.
I will try addurl next time.
N with a smile
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don16 Premium
Didn't know it existed. Thanks
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LH-CLUB Premium
Thanks for that
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ownonlboss Premium
That's what I also always thought, but ever since the courses and videos here, I started to use fetch. Had always the feeling that fetch was meant for something else concerning the 'what Google sees'.

Thanks Dom for clearing that up! Send please a message to Kyle and Jay about that as well!

Steven
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DomW Premium
Using Fetch is something quite unique to WA, most groups outside of WA don't use it.
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Alan Hocking Premium
Thanks for the heads up Dom

I've been using Fetch but I'll start using Addurl from now on :)
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JBond1 Premium
Thanks! This is great advice : )
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