How to request that search bots index your content
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After months of the “request indexing” tool being unavailable, the feature returned right before the end of 2020. Many SEO’s praised its return, but that was about it; SEOs went on about their day. We didn’t hear much about how the feature changed or any limitations it might now have.
You can submit about 10-12 a day before it throws you an error. Of course, both search engines also lean heavily on content discovery via clean XML sitemaps – especially when you submit them via your search accounts.
Now for Bing, you can submit 10,000 a day via their URL submission feature or you can submit URLs through the Bing Webmaster API. Botify has a feature where it will submit for you.
Now for Bing, years ago we noticed that if a URL was tweeted, it was picked up faster (and Bing says it does use social links as signals), though I’m not sure if that tactic still works today.
So that’s your tip for today – how to manually submit URLs via Google and Bing.
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