How to update information in Google search results

When you update an article, you probably want to see the updated version in the search results straight away. However, that does not always happen. Sometimes, it takes a while before your updated page gets crawled and indexed. Luckily, there are tools in Google Search Console that can help you speed up the crawling and indexing processes.

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Google Search Console (New version)
Google Search Console (Old version)

Google Search Console (New version)

Google Search Console provides valuable information with a URL inspection including any issues that prevent content from appearing in search results.

  1. Go to the Google Search Console.

    If prompted, log in using your Google account.

  2. Choose your website from the ‘Search property’ drop down in the sidebar.

    If the sidebar does not appear, click on the three line menu.google-search-console_search-property

  3. In the top bar, type (or paste) the complete URL of the article that is missing from Google search.

    google-search-console_inspect-url

  4. Expand the ‘Coverage’ section to view the ‘Last crawl’ date.

  5. If the page has changed since the ‘Last crawl’ date, click ‘ Test Live URL’.

    If the test returns any errors, please make any necessary changes so the URL is available to Google before proceeding. Learn more about the different results and how to resolve issues here.

  6. Click ‘Request Indexing’.

    google-search-console_inspect-url_request-indexing

Google Search Console (Old version)

The old ‘Fetch as Googlebot’ feature as been migrated to the new Google Search Console process of inspecting URLs following the steps above.