Using Google Fetch To Get Google’s Attention

Google-LogoThis is a great little trick I read about quite some time ago and try to remember to do with most of my new blog or website posts. Many of you may be familiar with this process but for those who are not or have forgotten, here’s a little tip to help your blog or website get the attention of the mighty Google.

Use the Google Fetch feature in Google Webmaster Tools

I’m sure you have a Google account but if not go ahead and register an account now – we’ll wait.

Open Google Web Master Tools and select the site you already have set up or set up the site now. If it’s not up yet, you will need to take care of that process first which may take a few minutes to a few hours, depending on Google.

We’ll move on as if you already have a site set up in Google Web Master Tools.

What we’re going to do is more or less nudge Google to find our site and latest post. They will do so eventually but this moves the process along a bit faster. Now I have no real statistics as to how quickly sites move up, but I figure every little bit helps.

Let’s go through the steps –

  1. Open Google Web Master Tools and log in
  2. Go to your dashboard and click on the site you want to make known
  3. Look along the left sidebar and click “Crawl”
  4. Then click “Fetch as Google”
  5. Enter the specific site URL with the page or post location included and click the Red Fetch button. (I occasionally set it to fetch just the homepage for good measure).
  6. After a couple moments if the address is correct, the Fetch Status will change to read as “Success” or “Not Found”.
  7. Next to this is a box that reads “Submit to index”. Click that and within moments it will indicate that the URL was submitted.

I find that this also helps to identify problems quickly if the Fetch status should come back as “Not Found”.

I don’t get bogged down with the analytics of Google Web Master Tools too much, but it does have some other nifty features such as these:

Along the left sidebar locate “Search Traffic” and then “Search Queries”. This will pull up actual search terms used and I use this information for promoting the post in social media.

Also along the left sidebar is “Google Index” and then “Content Keywords” which can help confirm if I am using significant keywords on my site.

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Marilyn T


  1. Hi Marilyn

    I usually avoid Google Webmaster Tools because I don’t know where to start. Knowing about Fetch gives me a starting point 🙂


  2. Thanks for sharing, I hadn’t seen this feature before but I can see how it’ll be useful now!

  3. I’d never heard of this, Marilyn, so thanks, I’ll have to give it a go!

    • Hi Tamsin.
      Thanks so much for visiting and I’m glad the questions were helpful. I’d be interested if you notice anything different after trying the Google Fetch plan.


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