Let’s cover the WHY first...

The old version of Google Search Console and the “Fetch as Google” tool will no longer be available after March 2019.



If you’re familiar with the Google Search Console, then you may be accustomed to the “old version,” which included a “crawl” feature with a tool known as “Fetch as Google.”

The new version of Google Search Console has a different dashboard, with quite a different sidebar menu.

As the process of creating and releasing the new version of Search Console continues, many people are reverting back to the old version to regain access to the previous tools.

However, many of these tools are being updated or replaced.

If you’re wondering why there is no menu selection for “Fetch as Google” on the new version, it’s because the tool has been replaced with the “URL Inspection Tool.”


In the image above, you can see the new Dashboard, and I've used the Help box to display the transition message.


So, HOW do you use the new URL Inspection Tool?

Let’s find out…



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dreadless19 Premium
Hi Cris
Thanks so much for this training. I found it really useful!

Quick question - I wrote a post recently and F&G on the old version. Then I realised I wouldn't be able to use the old version any longer, so requested indexing on the new version, twice!

So in my haste, have I requested indexing too much and Google won't index my page or do I just have to wait it out?

Thanks
Teresa
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cris1018 Premium
Did you receive an immediate message saying that it was submitted for indexing? Then shortly after, an email?

After you submit, you should receive email notifications telling you exactly what's going on with each page. All of mine were indexed within 24 hrs with the exception of one - which I received an error message on for a link issue (super helpful actually). I fixed it, resubmitted, and it indexed as well.

I don't recall seeing any statements specific to Google's response to 'over-indexing' - I just recall the one that said not to do it. Every page submitted is queued, so if you submit multiple times, then it crowds the line so to speak. It does NOT make indexing go faster. I imagine that you would receive an email of some sort, but as I haven't submitted a page more than once at a time, I'm not sure what it would say. It doesn't mean Google won't index your page. Let me know what message you end up receiving!
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dreadless19 Premium
Thanks Cris for your quick response

I believe their was a message saying it was submitted to index but can't be entirely sure. I don't recall receiving an email though.

Ok I think I'll just wait it out a bit as your training has helped me to understand more the complexities of Google!
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cris1018 Premium
Yeah. You will eventually receive an email. The one I had an issue with took 6 days. After I fixed & resubmitted it went through in 24hrs like the others. So if it takes a bit, there may be an issue. (If so, they will suggest how to fix it)

I'm going to try to create another training showing an issue response that needs to be fixed, versus the ones that can be left alone - such as the no index on categories. Jay actually went over that one on the live class. If you didn't get to see it yet, I'd look up the replay. He didn't go over issues that SHOULD be fixed though... And I have examples of at least two.
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dreadless19 Premium
Yeah I've watched Jay's training recently but it's always good to go back and watch again as so much info to take in!
I'll be on the look out for your future training.

Thanks again Cris.
Teresa
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cris1018 Premium
You bet! I'm still learning, too! It's a lot. Just sharing as I find helpful tips. Thank you.
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dreadless19 Premium
Hi Cris

I've a positive update to my issue - Google have indexed my post! Yayy!

So, I resubmitted (again) on 05 March 2019- it's taken 2 days to get it indexed (after I did it 3 times!) so phew!

In hindsight, ONLY SUBMIT ONCE!

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Teresa
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cris1018 Premium
That's good news!
So, I suspect that it indexed in response to you first request, as you didn't mention any error messages. Now I'm curious to know if you receive any additional response for the same post due to the resubmits. Keep me posted!
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AmyHD Premium
Great training. Thank you for your good work.
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cris1018 Premium
Your Welcome, Amy. Thanks for taking the time, and for the compliment! :-)
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MaryFRM Premium
Just in time!
I wondered what's going on with the old Fetch feature.
Thank you
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cris1018 Premium
Great. Glad I could help. Thanks for reading!
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ECV82 Premium
Cris,
Awesome! Thanks for doing this!
Ellen
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cris1018 Premium
Your Welcome. Thanks so much for the time, Ellen!
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tedcrisell Premium
Great. Thanks.
Theo
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cris1018 Premium
Wonderful. Your welcome. Thanks for taking the time to read!
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NewLaurie Premium
Thank you - I needed this training.

I've been fetching and indexing via the old version of Google Console, and I know it's time to acquaint myself with the new version.

Your explanations and images were easily understood, and took away my trepidation!

-Laurie
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cris1018 Premium
I went through a learning curve & was hoping I could make it a bit easier for others to follow. So glad you found it to be that way! Thanks for taking the time to read.
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NewLaurie Premium
You have made it easier! In fact, having just published a new post, I used the URL inspection/index request feature in the new version a few minutes ago ... 'worked just like you explained! :)
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cris1018 Premium
Awesome! Yay! Thank you for sharing :-)
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