Well if you are a website owner, chances are that you will be making changes on your pages once in a while.
Here we are not talking about publishing new pieces of content – say, blog posts. Those are usually take care of by themselves, unless you have a very new website.
But what if you have made some structure, design, content updates on various pages across your website? How can you tell Google to notice those changes?
Well, you may ask, what happens if Google doesn’t notice? Whats the big deal?
If you want the latest updated content of your website to show up in SERPs then you would certainly want Google to notice the changes you made.
So how to do it? There are quite some ways!
However, it is important that you choose a reasonable way to do it as per your case (in terms of requirement).
For instance, if you are looking to telling Google about a major change in one particular page on your website, you might simply want to fetch that page in Google.
If there are various structural changes or design changes, or major content changes (say after a content audit), you might want to submit the entire sitemap to Google and ask to crawl.
Let’s take a look at the various options available!
Request indexing of the URL
This option works if you have made changes only to a handful of pages because in this method you will be manually asking Google to index each and every URL.
This is how it works. Login to your Google Search Console.
Click on URL Inspection on the left.
Paste the URL of the page that you want Google to fetch and index again and click Enter.
You will be presented with the report of that particular URL. You will see whether the URL is already indexed in Google or not.
And you can also see whether the page is mobile friendly and whether an AMP version is available in that page.
Now on the top under “URL is on Google” click on “Request Indexing”. You can see that it is pretty much straightforward as there is a question “Page Changed?”.
Now after you click on Request Indexing, you will be presented with a pop up that represents the ongoing process.
After a couple of minutes, you will be presented with another popup that confirms the submission of your request.
Resubmitting a Sitemap
Now, if you have done major changes across various pages of your website, you cannot obviously go on with submitting URLs one by one for indexing.
That’s plainly time consuming and a boring task.
In that case, you should simply submit a fresh sitemap of your website!
If you don’t know about Sitemaps, I strongly urge you to read this post > What is a Sitemap and how to create a Sitemap in WordPress?
If you have an SEO plugin like WordPress SEO installed on your website, you can use that plugin’s sitemap option.
Note: If you want to know about WordPress SEO plugin and the installation tutorial check out this post > How to install and set up the Yoast SEO plugin properly?
Now, after you have made the changes to your website, your sitemap should be updated automatically, if you are using a plugin like WordPress SEO (or any other plugin for the sake of Sitemap).
Grab your Sitemap URL – it should be something like this:
Go to Google Search Console. And click on Sitemaps on the left.
Paste your Sitemap URL (your domain name will be already filled in), and press Submit.
You will get a pop up like this that confirms the submission.
Now you can be sure that Google will take notice of the changes you made on your site.
In turn, this process will update the SERPs accordingly with the new version of your site’s pages.