I have submitted my articles in Google Search Console as 'Fetch' and also 'Fetch and Render'. I can see the difference between the two; the render option shows you a visual of the page rather than just HTML text. However, the results just say "Indexing requested for URL and linked pages". Does that mean that it has been indexed or just requested? Sorry, i'm confused by this whole thing really.

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sheikave Premium
"Fetch" is like telling google bots to crawl to your website to make your newest blog post as the most recent and your website will rank from there.

Render is like display the log entries so that you can see in details where the bots were able to find and what not.

It can also be a good way to troubleshoot if your website is not getting indexed.
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GailLowe Premium
Thank you.
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WildflowerG Premium
Thanks for asking the question, Gail. You are not the only confused one! I always appreciate someone admitting that they lack info on something.
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GailLowe Premium
That'll be me! :)
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subcpo14 Premium
Gail, I have always seen it as requested but it does seem to speed up the indexing. Jay
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GailLowe Premium
Thanks - do you think that 'requested' actually means that it has been indexed somewhere, no matter how low?
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subcpo14 Premium
Gail, It would be possible that a different search engine had indexed the website but I cannot tell you for certain. Sorry... Jay
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EricCantu Premium Plus
When you request indexing it's giving Google a nudge to go take a look at your site because there is new content. You can also fetch as google when you make changes to an already published post.

Google automatically does its rounds looking for new content on your websites, but by fetching it's simply being proactive about it.

This doesn't mean your post will be ranked highly in the SERPS or that you can expect to find it on page 1, it simply means you're letting Google know that you have new, updated content.

It's always good practice to fetch as google after you publish new content or make changes to old content. When you don't fetch as google, the changes take longer to reflect in google searches :)
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GailLowe Premium
That makes perfect sense. Thank you for clarifying.
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EricCantu Premium Plus
No prob. Glad to help :)
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Marlinda1 Premium
After you submit the url it drops down to the list underneath. Then you have to press that button next to it that says 'request indexing'.

If you're pressed the button then it does its thing. Whether it indexes right away or takes some time depends on the age of the domain. At least by my experience.

You can probably check if the url is indexed on your siteManager or I think searching site:(your url) too

Hope this helps :)
Marlinda
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GailLowe Premium
Thanks - will check.
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DKMade Premium
URL indexed requested is for that single page as where the second option is that page and all associated pages with it. So think of your website tree. Everything on the branch that is associated with that page will be crawled and indexed. You get 10 of those searches a month and you get 500 of just the URL pages a month. I hope that makes sense, I am trying to find this link I had from a friend of mine and when I find it, I will send it to you as it explains it the best, much better than my murder with words lol.
Another member here also showed me a really good way of getting your pages indexed quickly as indexing can sometimes take days even weeks. So when you do a Fetch also do an URL add. I will send you the link for that as well as I to date still can not find a button for it.

Oh found the URL link. So do you fetch for the single URL then go here and add the URL. Your page usually is indexed within hours.

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/submit-url

I will go searching for that other link for you now. Also, be sure to Fetch both Desktop and Mobile. Again you got 500 searches a month so get both indexed.
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GailLowe Premium
Thanks Jair. I'll try to find them too.
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