The URL Inspection Tool in Google Search Console is a powerful and essential feature for webmasters, SEO professionals, and website owners. The tool provides information about the crawl, index, and serving status of your pages, as well as any errors or warnings that may be preventing them from being indexed. Information includes details about structured data, video, linked AMP, and indexing/indexability.
The tool can be a valuable resource for anyone who wants to improve the visibility of their website in search results. Here are some of the impressive tasks that the URL Inspection Tool can do:
See the status of a URL in the Google index
Identify pages that are not indexed: The URL Inspection Tool can help you identify pages that are not indexed in Google Search. This can be helpful if you have recently published new content or made changes to your website.
Inspect a live URL
The Live URL Inspector displays three-layer information about availability to Google in terms of indexing issues, mobile usability, structured data, and more. If the page is not indexed, the tool will provide information about the reason for the non-indexing.
Request indexing for a URL
You can place a Request for a URL to be crawled by Google. Enter the full URL of the page that you want to index in the search bar. Click on the Request indexing button. You should request for index only when the live test result is without any issues. Google will then crawl the page and add it to its index. This process may take some time, depending on the number of pages that Google needs to crawl.
Troubleshoot a missing page
- Check the robots.txt file to make sure that the page is not blocked.
- Remove the noindex tag from the page.
- Fix any crawl errors that are preventing the page from being crawled.
- Improve the quality of the page and make it more relevant to the search queries that you are targeting.
If you have recently made changes to a page, you can request that Google re-crawl the page. This can help Google to update its index of your website.