The purpose of this article is to help you learn:
- How long it takes Google to display site updates
- How do use Google's URL Inspection tool to re-crawl a specific page
How do I edit my site's metadata?
If you would like to learn how to view or update your website's metadata for each page, please click here.
How long does it take for site changes to appear in search results?
Whenever you make changes to your site's metadata (like the title tag, meta description, and keywords), Google and other search engines must "re-crawl" your page site to see differences between the saved version in its index and the new content. Because of this, changes will not immediately appear in search engine results. Often, it will take several weeks before the page has been crawled and the index is updated.
As well, the information you use in your page titles and descriptions are just guidelines for what Google will index. Ultimately, Google will index the content that it likes best and add it to its search results. Because of this, it is possible for a website to appear differently in search results on a desktop versus a mobile device.
What is Google's URL Inspection Tool and how do I use it?
To speed up this process, you can request for Google to crawl or recrawl a specific page on your website, you can use the Google URL Inspection Tool. This will prompt Google to go through your page again and look for changes and updates.
To use this tool, you will need to sign up/log into the Google Search Console account. Click here to get started.
Once you've logged into the Search Console, click here to view instructions on how to request Google to recall your URLs.