Did you know that you can submit URL’s to Google and Bing for indexing? In fact, you can alert both search engines to crawl and index a piece of content moments after you ask them to. The two tools that you will need to accomplish this task is Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools.
You might want to alert Google to crawl a page that changed it’s title tag, new content added, or a brand new page created. Whatever the reason is, you can requesting indexing for Google and Bing to crawl and potentially show your search results higher in their engine. By having the search engine’s informed of your request,you speed up the process of SEO. SEO takes a long time, so anyway to short the time between an optimization should be of high interest to any webmaster.
How to Submit URL’s to Google Faster
In Google Search Console, you need to use the Fetch as Google section to start the process. Let’s say for example that I wrote a new blog post and I want Google to check it out. I should confirm that my content can properly be rendered for desktop and mobile users, so you should fetch and render the content for each device. Once the fetch and render comes back succesfully, you will want to submit to index. Submit to index means that you are telling Google to know consider showing this content in their search results. Google can’t show content in their search results until they crawl a page which is the fetch.
As a note, Google has announced as of 2016 that they are moving towards a mobile index, so you should be in the habit of fetching as mobile.
When you click on the button “submit to index”, you are brought to a screen below that gives two options. THe first option says crawl only this URL. This request means you only want Google to check out this page and not worry about crawling any links. The crawl this URL and it’s direct links tells Google to crawl that page and follow all links. Crawling all links is a good SEO strategy if you utilize internal links on your site. This strategy would then have Google crawl many pages just by having one crawl request.
How to Submit URL to Bing Faster
You can submit your website to Bing by using Bing Webmaster Tools. The Bing steps are almost the same at Google, but you can’t fetch the page as a mobile bot. To get started, you need to navigate to the Submit URL tool option on the left-hand navigation in BWT. From there, you need to paste in the site you want Bingbot to crawl and index faster. The tool only allows 5o submit URLs to Bing each month, so you won’t have as many chances to crawl key content as Google. If you’ve been wondering hot to submit your site to Bing, you know how to do this within the tool.
Another optimization you can do is by submitting your sitemap to Google and Bing. You can use both Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools for this optimization. By submitting a sitemap to both search engines, you give another way for both engines to see, crawl, and index your content. Both Google and Bing encourage site owners submit their key pages to their tool often too to help their bots. This is a good example of how search engines and SEO people can work together to create a better web experience for searchers.
If you run into any issues with this process, you might have some settings blocked in the robots.txt file. If that is the case, I would recommend checking out this robots.txt guide. I also offer Professional SEO Services to help with your website, so let me know if you need help with this optimization!