Fetch as Google

The “fetch as Google” service is to check whether Google can crawl your web page. The Fetch as Google tool enables you to test how Google crawls or renders a URL on your site. You can use Fetch as Google to see whether the Googlebot can access a page on your site, how it renders the page, and whether any page resources (such as images or scripts) are blocking the Googlebot. This tool simulates a crawl and render execution as done in Google’s normal crawling and rendering process, and is useful for debugging crawl issues on your site.

Here are the steps on how to perform the fetch

  • In the textbox, enter the path component of a URL on your site that you want Googlebot to fetch, relative to the site root. Leaving the textbox blank fetches the site root page. For example, if the current property is https://webanalytics.co.in, a request for get-started-google-seo/fetch-as-google/ would fetch http://analytics1stg.wpengine.com/fetch-as-google/
  • Optionally choose a type of Googlebot you wish to perform the fetch as. This affects the crawler making the fetch, and also the rendering for a Fetch and Render request. The following types are available:
    • Desktop
    • Mobile: Smartphone
    • Mobile : cHTML
    • Mobile : XHTML/WML
  • Click either Fetch or Fetch and Render
  • The request will be added to the fetch history table, with a “pending” status. When the request is complete, the row will show the success or failure of the request and some basic information. Click any non-failed fetch row in the table to get additional details about the request, including raw HTTP response headers and data, and (for Fetch and Render) a list of blocked resources and a view of the rendered page.
  • If the request succeeded and is less than four hours old, you can tell Google to re-crawl and possibly re-index the fetched page, and optionally any pages that the fetched page links to.

You have a weekly quota of 500 fetches. When you are approaching your limit, you will see a notification on the page.