Inside the URL Inspection tool in Google Search Console, Google re-enabled the request indexing tool. On October 14, 2020, 69 days ago, the tool was disabled and it was supposed to come back before the holiday shopping season.
That has come and gone, but now it’s back before Christmas and New Year.
It has returned. Here is a screenshot of the Google Search Console feature:
The proclamation. On Twitter, Google confirmed that “We are pleased to announce that ‘Request Indexing’ is back in the Google Search Console URL Inspection, just in time for the new year!” ”
Google has also “reminded” us that if you have “large numbers of URLs, you should submit a sitemap via Google Search Console instead of requesting indexing.” Google also claimed that’ indexing requests do not guarantee inclusion in the Google index.’
That’s why we care. When this feature was disabled, it was very much missed by SEOs and site owners. Google said regular indexing was not affected, but the tool was still lacking a lot. Google has now brought it back and you can use it to expedite critical URLs crawling and possibly indexing. These URLs may be old URLs that you want to quickly get into Google Search with modified content or new URLs.
But as Google said, just because you’re using this app, it doesn’t mean that Google can index the URLs