Live indexing for Bing & Google coming to Yoast SEO

As we announced at YoastCon, we’re working together with Bing and Google to allow live indexing for everyone who uses Yoast SEO — free and premium. In the coming months, we’ll allow users to connect their sites to MyYoast, our customer portal. After that we’ll roll out live indexing, which means every time you publish, update, or delete a post, that will be reflected almost instantly into Bing and Google’s indices.

How does this work?

When you connect your site to MyYoast, you’ll authorize it to send messages back and forth. One of the types of messages that will be sent will be when you publish, update or delete anything on your site. We’ll pass that notification on to Bing, and Bing will check the changes within approximately one minute of you hitting the button.

You will not need to connect your site to Bing Webmaster Tools to do this. It’s all handled automatically. For Google, the details on this are not entirely determined yet, but a Google Search Console account will probably be required.

We do, of course, recommend making use of both Bing Webmaster Tools and Google Search Console as they can give good insight into why your site is or is not performing well in the search engines.

Joost annnouncing live indexing coming to Yoast SEO at YoastCon

If you’re reading this on Thursday (Feb 7, 2019), you might still catch one of Bing’s principal engineers, Arnold Overwijk, discuss this live at YoastCon through our live stream on Friday.

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41 Responses to Live indexing for Bing & Google coming to Yoast SEO

  1. Coinfunda
    Coinfunda  • 2 months ago

    Great job. You guys are really awesome. This is the one reason why ilike this plugin.
    I wish this feature will be there in free version as well.😉

  2. Oliver Scheiber
    Oliver Scheiber  • 2 months ago

    That’s fantastic news guys! Thanks that you will also make it free. I am looking forward to it. Keep up the great work!

  3. Mike
    Mike  • 2 months ago

    Will this also work for AMP sites since Google is caching those? At the moment we just finished our own plugin to tell Google about updates based on this article: https://developers.google.com/amp/cache/update-cache

    Any information on this would be highly appreciated, thanks!

  4. Jeanna
    Jeanna  • 2 months ago

    Awesome! Will we still need to do a 301 if we delete a post?

  5. Zino Ostendorf
    Zino Ostendorf  • 2 months ago

    Pretty amazing stuff Joost. I still have old content indexed in Google even though the pages are long gone. With live indexing, alterations like structured data for rich snippets should be update sooner too I would guess.

  6. The Staunch
    The Staunch  • 2 months ago

    Wow!!! That will be great. This is one of the best ideas since Search Engine Optimization started

  7. Peter Galle
    Peter Galle  • 2 months ago

    That’s great news. A big cheers to Team Yoast. But I have a question. When I am editing a blog post or a page, there will be a frequent number of times I will be hitting the update button. Will it send an update to Google and Bing every time?

    • Eric Siegert
      Eric Siegert  • 2 months ago

      I am editing my pages pretty often and prefering to send it manually to Google Index through search console.

  8. Maor Kadosh
    Maor Kadosh  • 2 months ago

    Kinda late but really excited for this !

  9. Chris
    Chris  • 2 months ago

    That will be a great addition to MyYoast. Grats for the work, hope to see it live soon :)

  10. Eve
    Eve  • 2 months ago

    Great work. Nice to have that instant update.

  11. Dale
    Dale  • 2 months ago

    Very excited about that great work!

  12. Tony Payne
    Tony Payne  • 2 months ago

    This sounds like a brilliant step forward, you could only expect something like this from Yoast!
    Like many other site owners I assume, I get practically no traffic from Bing. If this does make a difference, it could be really good. Of course when you get Google on board as well, the sky is the limit.
    Nice work Yoast!

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 2 months ago

      Thanks, Tony! We’re very much looking forward to it too :-)

  13. Norm
    Norm  • 2 months ago

    Just wow. This is great.

  14. David
    David  • 2 months ago

    Does this apply to the free version of Yoast or will you need a subscription ?

    • Iris Guelen
      Iris Guelen  • 2 months ago

      It will be available for everyone who uses Yoast SEO — free and premium!

  15. fairlymarv
    fairlymarv  • 2 months ago

    Sounds awesome, but is this going to be “everyone who uses Yoast SEO” or “everyone who uses Yoast SEO Premium”?

    • Iris Guelen
      Iris Guelen  • 2 months ago

      For everyone who uses Yoast SEO, both free and premium!

      • fairlymarv
        fairlymarv  • 2 months ago

        It that case, totally awesome :)

  16. Filipe Morato Gomes
    Filipe Morato Gomes  • 2 months ago

    Congratulations, this is amazing! Don’t know if this suggestion makes sense but to prevent too many update requests (e.g, when someone is re-editing one post after publishing it), what about a custom setting to allow users define when search engines should be informed about the update (how many minutes later, so to speak)?

  17. Karl
    Karl  • 2 months ago

    all postive for Yoast Seo-oers

  18. jasmincasumpang
    jasmincasumpang  • 2 months ago

    How exciting! I’ve just signed up for MyYoast. Yay!

  19. Ritesh Benjwal
    Ritesh Benjwal  • 2 months ago

    Amazing I am waiting for this. It will be good if it will be free in starting, can you tell us about this ..?

  20. Aakash
    Aakash  • 2 months ago

    Wow that’s amazing feature. but tell me about this. its on free or paid version.

  21. Nick Weymiens
    Nick Weymiens  • 2 months ago

    That is wonderful news. This is going to make life so much easier for those who don’t want to spend too much time on SEO but want to focus on creating new, interesting content on their websites.

  22. Pooja Aggarwal
    Pooja Aggarwal  • 2 months ago

    Very nice move. It will help users in getting the site indexed without using Bing webmaster seperately.

  23. Anh
    Anh  • 2 months ago

    Yay!! This is amazing news!

  24. Simon
    Simon  • 2 months ago

    This is going to be a very good development. I hope it’s not going to be restricted to only the premium users.
    Thank you.

  25. M.Rab
    M.Rab  • 2 months ago

    good news for all webmasters and web designers….thanks

  26. Abhinav
    Abhinav  • 2 months ago

    Waiting for this

  27. Christina
    Christina  • 2 months ago

    Only for premium plugin?

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 2 months ago

      Nope, for free as well!

  28. Dheeraj
    Dheeraj  • 2 months ago

    Fantastic. I hope this will available soon

  29. Javed Isaac
    Javed Isaac  • 2 months ago

    I’m waiting for the incredible features in Yoast SEO i hope you will do it.

  30. Kishan Soni
    Kishan Soni  • 2 months ago

    Really, It is going to be very useful for optimization and tracking website performance through a single plugin like Yoast. Very excited to know more about this.

  31. Francisco
    Francisco  • 3 months ago

    Very good when publications are made available in the Google lists as in Google my business

  32. Steffi Trott
    Steffi Trott  • 3 months ago

    Thank you for sharing this, especially the tip about Arnold Overwijk having a live discussion on Friday. Live indexing sounds like a good SEO tool to have. What is your experience of how long it usually takes Google or Bing to “accidentally” come across a new site? I.e., how much advantage will be gained by having the live indexing feature?

  33. Laudine
    Laudine  • 3 months ago

    Very interested to see how this will work out :-)

  34. Jazib Khaleel
    Jazib Khaleel  • 3 months ago

    Hi, i am currently seeing /page/2 in Google search results while i think Yoast does not allow these pages to be indexed by default. What is this going on ? Hoping for a reply from Yoast team. Thank you

    • Joost de Valk

      We do allow those to be indexed, we’ve changed that behavior because otherwise their indexing slows down, by a lot. See this post for a deeper explanation.