Back in October, the team at Google Search Console disabled the ‘request indexing’ feature – and now, about 2 months later, it has been added back.
The feature was disabled in October so Google could make some ‘technical updates’ – and was ‘expect it to be re-enabled in the coming weeks’. That turned into around 10 weeks.
We’re glad to announce that ‘Request Indexing’ is back to the Google Search Console URL Inspection – just in time for the new year! 🎆
— Google Search Central (@googlesearchc) December 22, 2020
Now it’s back, the community is happy – at least for now. Google have not said what updates have been made to the tool, if any. But it is important to note what the ‘request indexing’ tool is actually used for.
What does the ‘Request Indexing’ tool do?
If you have a website verified in Google Search Console, you can submit a URL to Google, to request that it is indexed. There is no guarantee that your URL will be indexed immediately.
2. Requesting indexing does not guarantee inclusion to the Google index – our systems prioritize the fast inclusion of high quality, useful content.
If you want to verify your website in Google Search Console, you can use my Google Search Console Setup Guide and do it yourself – it only takes a few minutes.
Many people think that using this tool is the only way to get your content on Google, but that’s not the case. There are several ways to get your content on Google – which I got through in my guide on how to submit new content and pages.
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