Google Expands “Fetch as Google” Feature to Render Webpages as Well!

May 28, 2014 | 1,637 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has updated the Fetch as Google feature, allowing webmasters to render a page exactly how Googlebot sees it. Earlier, the Fetch as Google feature could be used just to see an output of code and HTML, but now you can use the feature to see a visual representation of what Googlebot sees, apart from the errors on the resources which Googlebot failed to access. The tool can be found in the Crawl section of Google Webmaster Tools.

Fetch as Google Google Expands “Fetch as Google” Feature to Render Webpages as Well!

How Google Renders the Page?

To render a page, Googlebot finds all the external files, which frequently include images, CSS and JavaScript files, and fetch them. These are then used to render a preview image that shows how Googlebot sees the page. The tool can be used to fetch up to 500 URLs a week per Webmaster Tools account.

Once you have submitted a URL with "Fetch and Render," wait for a while for the processing to take place, and then click on the response row to see the results.

What Happens in Case of Blocked Resources?

For the resources that are blocked by external server or robots.txt, Googlebot follows the robots.txt directives and displays the errors below the preview image of the rendered page. If some of your files do not allow crawling, Google fails to show them in the rendered view.

How to Use Fetch as Google:

If you have added and verified your site in Webmaster Tools, Google recommends following these instructions:

  • On the Webmaster Tools Home page, click the site you want.
  • On the Dashboard, under Crawl, click Fetch as Google.
  • In the text box, type the path to the page you want to check.
  • In the dropdown list, select the type of fetch you want.
  • To see what Googlebot sees, select Web. To see what mobile crawler for smartphones sees, select Mobile Smartphone. To see what mobile crawler for feature phones sees, select Mobile cHTML or Mobile XHTML/WML.
  • Click Fetch if you want Googlebot to fetch the path you entered, and click Fetch and Render for Googlebot to both fetch the path and render it as webpage.

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Ritu from PageTraffic is a qualified Google Adwords Professional and Content Head at PageTraffic. She has been the spear head for many successful Search Marketing Campaigns and currently overseas Content Marketing operations of Page Traffic in India.