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Find Out When Google Last Crawled a Specific URL

An update to Google Search Console will allow users to check when a specific URL was last crawled.

The new “URL inspection” tool will provide detailed crawl, index, and serving information about pages. Information is pulled directly from the Google index.

Google says this new tool aims to provide some of the most commonly requested new features.

”One of our most common user requests in Search Console is for more details on how Google Search sees a specific URL. We listened, and today we’ve started launching a new tool, “URL inspection,” to provide these details so Search becomes more transparent.”

While logged into Search Console, users can enter a URL that they own and Google will return the last crawl date and status, any crawling or indexing errors, and the canonical URL for that page.

Provided the URL is successfully indexed, users will also be able to see information and status about any enhancements found on the page. Enhancements include things such as a linked AMP version, or rich results like recipes and jobs.

If it turns out that a URL has not been successfully indexed, the tool will explain why. The URL inspection tool will provide a report that includes information about noindex robots meta tags and Google’s canonical URL for the page.

From this report users will also be able to find out if other pages are affected by the same issue. This should allow site owners to track down and fix common bugs, and resolve issues with new or existing pages in the Google index.

The URL inspection tool has begun rolling out, and will be available to all users in the coming weeks.

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SEJ STAFF Matt G. Southern Senior News Writer at Search Engine Journal

Matt G. Southern, Senior News Writer, has been with Search Engine Journal since 2013. With a bachelor’s degree in communications, ...

Find Out When Google Last Crawled a Specific URL

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