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How to submit any URL to the Google index

The average user will probably not require this but if you do manage your own online presence then this will maybe help.

Often for SEO we build links to our websites and properties as part of increasing your traffic, some of these links will be on new domains or pages and these can often take time to get indexed sometimes due to the shear scale of the domain or simply that it is not a particularly active website/page.

For this purpose Google used to have Search Console Crawl URL Feature that enables a user that is logged into Google Webmaster Tools to be able to submit any link to the index of your own or other. This was no guarantee that the URL will get indexed so you cannot force the index of a malicious URL for example but most URLs will get indexed in just a few minutes.

Googles URL Inspection Feature

Webmaster Tools is now called Search Console and the submit URL feature has been disbanded. It has been replaced with the URL inspection tool.

To use the inspect URL feature simply click on the tab highlighted in the image below or to go straight to it click here>> the URL Inspection Tool. You can then paste in the URL you wish to submit. This will also allow you too look at data for that URL.

A view of the URL inspection tab

Like the image below this will now display details such as:

  • URL is/is not on Google
  • View Crawled Page
  • Request Indexing
  • Coverage
  • Mobile Usability
  • Site links Search box
  • Logos
  • Test Live URL
Test Live URL

You can test to see if a page is indexed using the following text example in the Google browser

info:https://www.evernote.com (update March 2020 this operator not acting as it once used to).

The url will show as a search result on its own as in this example picture


If however it is not shown then this is when you would submit the url to be indexed if you wanted it to be indexed faster than default.

Remember some links never get indexed which is why it is a good idea to force the index as much as possible because a page that is not indexed “is heavily debated” has no value to pass to your properties.

It is really simple to use:

A view of the old submit URL feature
A view of the old submit URL feature

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