Fetch as Googlebot

Last update: 30 November, 2016

Or: how to update out of date data in search results

Sometimes it can take forever to update something in the search results, or you just want to speed it up because it’s annoying you, it’s sensitive data, or for other reasons.

If you go into Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools), go to your site and click “Crawl” and then “Fetch as Google”:

You can then enter the URL you want to update in the search results:

Enter the URL and hit “Fetch”. You’ll see a little clock appear for a few seconds and it should then update to look like this:

If you hit that “Submit to Index” button, you’ll be presented with a small dialog, asking you if you want to just submit that URL, or the linked pages too:

Either is, of course, fine and depends entirely on your needs. Choose the appropriate option, hit OK and your search result should be updated rather quickly. You can do 10 of those submissions every 24 hours!

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