The somewhat obscure Google public URL submission tool is no more as the search engine removes it in favor of the Search Console Fetch & Submit…
Google has discretely taken down its public URL submission tool. For those unfamiliar, this was a way to give practically anyone the ability to submit just about any page to the Google index. The search engine advises to use its Search Console Fetch & Submit option or simply upload a sitemap.
Google Public URL Submission Tool Removed
Additionally, Google has removed its URL submission form from the SERP or search engine results page for the query, “submit URL to Google.” Only a few SEOs have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions. However, Google did announce the removal:
We’ve had to drop the public submission feature, but we continue to welcome your submissions using the usual tool in Search Console and through sitemaps directly.
— Google Webmasters (@googlewmc) July 25, 2018
To use the Search Console for URL submission, log onto the platform. Then, do the following:
- Perform a fetch (or fetch and render) request for a URL using Fetch as Google.
- Click “Request indexing” inside the fetch history table.
- Select a single URL or URL with direct links.
- Click “Submit” to enter the request into the queue.
Site owners can submit a maximum of 10 URLs per day. It’s important to note, using this method does not immediately trigger recrawling. Nor does it mean Google guarantees its inclusion in the search index. (It typically takes a few to several days for successful requests.)
Google might have made the move since only verified site owners can submit URLs. But, that’s unknown at this time.