Finally, Google has announced that the ‘Request Indexing’ feature in Google Search Console is back!
Request Indexing is Google's gift for Xmas
Just as we were losing faith that this little SEO favourite tool wasn’t going to come back in 2020, Google give us Xmas early! The request indexing tool has finally been restored after being out of action for the past couple of months. I guess all the talk of the feature being disabled was in fact to make way for the December 2020 Core Update.
Now the update has been fully rolled out, it seems we have the request indexing feature back up and running!
The page experience update is now slowly rolling out (Top Stories will begin using this new signal by Thursday). It will be complete by the end of August 2021. More here:Read More
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A few items to note regarding the Request Indexing tool:
- If you have large numbers of URLs, you should submit that as a sitemap rather than request indexing
- Requesting Indexing doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to be included in the Google Index. You still need to follow SEO best practices.
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