In today’s post, the topic is about Google Webmaster Tools and more precisely, the bot fetch option
As a short introduction, Google webmaster tools is basically a platform which tells you how your website is seen by the Google search engine. It is very complex and perhaps it would take me months to go over all of the features.
One of the most important features is the bot fetch.
Now, there are a few things which we need to clarify from the beginning.
If you fetch a post or a page of your website with this feature, it doesn’t mean that you will make the bot to go and crawl your content and rank your post this instant. It simply “reminds” it of your website.
You can fetch your pages and perhaps only see a change after a day/week/month or not at all.
This is not a way for you to force Google to put your page upfront in the result list.
If you fetch a post, it may or may not have an impact on Google. However, you should not expect to see any changes on a search performed on Yahoo/Bing or any other search engine. The rest of the search engines have their own webmaster tools platforms where you need to go and fetch your posts as well.
*Yahoo and Bing share the same webmaster tools platform.
People usually fetch once and never again. I can say that I have seen a few results after fetching. For example, I had a few pages which didn’t produce any traffic at all. None, nada! A few days after fetching them, I started to gain some traffic. Don’t imagine in terms of thousands or hundreds.
This brings us to point 4. you should try and fetch all of your posts periodically. I think once per month it would be enough. For those of you with only 10-20-40-50-60 posts this might seem easy, but remember there are people like me, who have hundreds of posts.
If you decide to fetch, try to make some updates to your posts as well. An update can be new information, modified information, new comments, new inner links and so on. The search engines look for updates. They want to see as much as possible.
I usually don’t do it, but it would be a great idea if you could fetch on mobile as well!
That’s pretty much all I have to say on Google Fetch. If you have any other questions, feel free to drop a comment below!
Have a great day,