Recently there has been changes in the way webmasters can submit the URL to Google for Indexing. Old method of submitting URL doesnot work any longer.
In this post I will show you what the new method is and how to fix the issues if the your URL does not appear in Google Search.
Remember that Google has placed restrictions on how many pages you can submit to google for indexing manually. Since early 2018, the restriction is 10 URL/day for indexing single URL. For indexing pages and sub pages, its 2. I noticed that after 5-7 URL, manually submitting URL has no immediate effect. We have to be dependent on Google’s natural indexing process. For this reason submitting sitemap is better than submitting the URL.
If you are hosting a website, you would probably have this already, or you need to create one.
- Google Webmasters Tool Account
- Sitemap already submitted to Google search
What I mean is the old account which looked something like the below screenshot. Please note that this is being deprecated will be phased out eventually. New features are being rolled out in the new Google Search Console.
Old webmasters tool web page screenshot:
New Google Search Console Screenshot:
What is the old method to submit URL to Google?
Earlier what I did was to visit the Submit URL – Google web page to submit the new URL. I had to enter the url that I wanted to submit for indexing, check the capcha – I am not a robot and submit. The page got indexed automatically after that. Pages got index almost instantly. But this no longer works.
Old Submit URL page screenshot. This option does not show up now
Currently this is what we see. There is a links to submit the Sitemap and a link to visit Search as Google Tool documentation. There is no option to submit the URL to Google search for indexing.
What still works in Webmasters tools to submit the URL instantly
The method below still works, but since Google will discontinue Webmasters tools someday. I strongly suggest, you read the next section, Whats the new Google Recommended method section
Go to Webmasters Tool Page. Under Crawl -> Fetch as Google , submit the you are you want to Google to Index and click fetch. Once the process is done, you will see an option to Request Indexing. Click on request indexing and you page will be indexed in 2-3 minutes.
I still recommend you continue reading to find whats has change and will change eventually.
What the new Google recommended method
Google has released a new platform called Google Search Console. This will eventually be replacing Google Webmasters Tools, that is Webmasters tools will be phased out eventually. So I would highly recommend to adapt to this new platform.
So lets get started with the steps to submit the URL to Google Search Console.
Step 1 – Submit Sitemap
What Google recommends is that you submit the sitemap once your website is updated with new content or if you want the site to be re-indexed. Google will schedule the site to be indexed based on their internal schedule. At this point you have to wait. It normally takes 2-5 hours. It could be less, but it all depends on Google.
If you have a WordPress site, sitemap plugins such as Google XML Sitemaps automatically creates and updates the sitemap and pings all the major search engines. This automatically submits sitemaps to the search engines.
If you are impatient, you could go to Search Console -> Sitemaps and enter the URL of the sitemap and submit. You can see the status of the sitemap also. For newly submitted sitemap, you will see the status as “Scheduled”. Wait for the status to change to Success. This might take a while. It could be as long as 2-3 hours. But have patience.
You can also look at the status of sitemap submission in the old Webmasters tool. I find that still compared to the search console, webmasters tool shows the correct status. Currently Search Console lags behind.
When I looked at the Search Console sitemap, I could see the updated date of Site map submission but the status “Success” was old and not correct.
Step 2 – Check the status of the page to be indexed
Once the status of Sitemap changes to “Success” in webmaster tool sitemaps (Search console status is not reliable), you can check the status of submitted URL. The Sitemap status of success does not mean that your pages have been indexed. It just means that that Google has queued them for indexing. Still long time to wait, approx – 2-3 hours.
To check the status of the page if it is indexed on not, enter the URL of the page in “Inspect any URL” search bar. This will show you the current status of the page on google search.
Initially you will see something like this will all “N/A”, URL not available on Google. Have patience, status will change in sometime.
After some time you will see the status to change as below.
Finally, Once Indexing is done, you will see the status as below.
Now check the URL in Google. That is do a URL search by entering the URL of the page in Google search. if you see the result them all good. If not, them move on to the next step to fix the indexing issue.
Step 3 – how to solve URL not indexed issue
In my case, for one of my page I had submitted sitemap and after 4-5 hours could see in Search console that the URL was on Google. But when I search the URL on Google, it was not there. Tried a lot but still nothing. Then I realized that Search Console might have some quirks. To get around the problem, this is what I did.
I logged int the old webmasters tool. Under Crawl -> Fetch, submitted the URL.
Once this was done I saw the option to submit the URL to Google for indexing. And after couple of minutes the URL was on Google.