An Inside Look at the New ‘Fetch as Google’ Feature [VIDEO]
On Tuesday, Google released an update to its Fetch as Google feature within Webmaster Tools. This valuable tool, which has been around for years, allows webmasters to view the source code and headers of their site the way Googlebot sees them. Tuesday’s update enhanced the tool’s capability, enabling webmasters to see what Googlebot sees in a browser window, as well.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: The Fetch as Google tool is located under the Crawl menu in Google Search Console, which is the new name for Google Webmaster Tools as of spring 2015.]
What Fetch as Google’s Render Option Shows Webmasters
Since Tuesday’s update, we’ve fielded questions from clients such as:
- Does this negate the need for Ajax-enabled crawling?
Knowing that the SEO industry at large has vested interest in these answers, I interviewed Bruce Clay, Inc.’s Director of Software Development Aaron Landerkin. In the video below, Landerkin answers these questions and more.
It’s only been two days since the tool’s update and Google’s Head of Webspam Matt Cutts has already touted the tool several times on Twitter:
Our “Fetch as Google” feature is getting *much* better: http://t.co/RQlNhRb3hn Now renders page–useful for debugging!
— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) May 27, 2014
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