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How to Ask Google to Recrawl URLs of Your WordPress Site

Recently one of our readers asked if it’s possible to get Google to recrawl specific URLs? If your website is new, then Google will take some time to crawl and display new pages or changes in search results. In this article, we will show you how to ask Google to recrawl URLs of your WordPress site.

How to ask Google to recrawl URLs of your WordPress site

When Do You Need to Ask Google to Recrawl URLs?

When you add pages and posts in your WordPress site, Google will take its due time to crawl these new links. The same time is required by Google to crawl the updated URLs of your WordPress site.

When you manually ask Google to recrawl your URLs, then it will put your new link in the queue to get indexed on Google. A Google search bot will start recrawling your links one by one and display them in search results.

Some of the common reasons for asking Google to recrawl URLs are:

  1. When you add a new post or page
  2. When you make changes to an existing post or page
  3. If you think a page should be indexed in Google, but you can’t find it

For the first two options mentioned above, you can automate this process using XML sitemaps. Google is pretty good at indexing websites because that’s their business.

However we have seen specific pages go missing from Google (for no reason). Sometimes just asking Google to recrawl will make the page appear right away.

That being said, let’s take a look on how to ask Google to recrawl URLs of your WordPress site and display them in the search results.

Asking Google to Recrawl URLs of Your WordPress Site

First you need to get your site listed on Google and then Google will automatically start crawling your URLs. However, you can also request Google to recrawl your new links for any cases that we discussed above.

You can follow the steps below to ask Google to recrawl URLs of your WordPress site.

Step 1: Using the URL Inspection Tool to Recrawl URLs

URL inspection tool is available in Google search console. This tool helps you identify the issues related to your URLs and offer solutions to index your links in Google.

It will also help you troubleshoot the common WordPress errors for your URLs and other URL indexing issues.

In Google search console, you need to select your property or website to check the URL index status.

Note: If you don’t have a website listed on Google webmasters tool, then first you need to add it as a new property to continue with the URL inspection tool.

Select property

After selecting the property, you need to go to the URL Inspection tool on the left menu and add your URL in search field that you want to inspect.

Inspect URL

It will get the data about your URL and display it in the Google search console dashboard.

If your URL is on Google, then you’ll see a success message with the useful information about your link. You can expand the findings and see if there are any other issues to be solved. If not, then you’ll see the submission request from Google to recrawl and index your URL.

However, if the link isn’t on Google, then it’ll show you the errors and a possible solution to get your URL indexed on Google.

You can solve the issues and inspect the URL again until you get the success message. After that, a request is initiated to recrawl your URL. Simply repeat the same for all your URLs that you want Google to recrawl.

Step 2: Submitting XML Sitemap to Recrawl URL

If you’re still not sure about the indexing of your URLs on Google, then you can simply submit an updated XML sitemap with your new URLs to Google webmaster tools. Sitemaps are the quickest way to get your new URLs indexed on Google.

For this step, we recommend using AIOSEO plugin which includes flexible options to properly set up your XML sitemaps in WordPress.

AIOSEO creates an XML sitemap by default as soon as the plugin is installed.

To change your sitemap settings, you need to go to All in One SEO » Sitemaps in your WordPress admin area. You’ll see that the XML sitemaps setting is on by default.

Sitemap settings in All in One SEO

You can view your sitemap by clicking on the ‘Open Sitemap’ button. If your new links are visible in this sitemap file, then you can go ahead and submit it to Google webmasters tool.

All in One SEO XML sitemap preview

To submit the XML sitemaps, you need to visit Google Search Console and go to Sitemaps on the left menu. Simply add your XML sitemap link and click on the Submit button.

Submit XML sitemaps

This updated sitemap will ask Google bots to quickly recrawl your new URLs and display them in the search results.

Note: you only have to upload the sitemap once. Google recrawls your sitemap regularly, and it will add updated posts quickly once your sitemaps are added.

We hope this article helped you learn how to ask Google to recrawl URLs of your WordPress site. You may also want to see our ultimate guide on how to improve WordPress SEO.

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8 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. My home page of website is showing amp icon
    When i put the name of my website on it.
    I m extremely depressed i dont want my website to show in AMP.

  2. Hi, i changed my whole website, so almost every url i get on google search results are obsolete and lead to 404 page. I send the new sitemap to google search console. How much it will take to recrawl? Is there another way to tell google that old urls are old?

    • Having Google recrawl and resubmitting your sitemap would be the only ways and Google does not have a guaranteed time frame for updating.


  3. Wow!
    This is the reason why I like coming back to WPBeginner.
    Your editorial team is just awesome! Super genius!
    And I am the first to comment on this, I guess.
    Now, I’m going to my Yoast to checkout my XML sitemap.
    Thanks, guys!

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