Google Webmaster Tools - Fetch as Googlebot

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Categories within Google's suite of Webmaster Tools

Here are the Google webmaster tools categories as they look when you are logged in (left).
Below is the same structure with clickable links which go to a Hard Web webpage with a screenshot of what is on that webmaster tools category page (in my own webmaster tools account).

Webmaster tools - Diagnostics - Fetch as Googlebot

This is potentially a "magic" tool in the webmaster's SEO arsenal. It purports to allow you to submit a URL to the index..on demand!
The lead time is the crucial factor, is it any faster than adding a page with a good backlink?
Maybe it is in which case it is the coolest tool of all for impatient and ambitious SEO types.

This is a useful tool but you will notice that a lot of what is says it does on the help page it doesn't actually do, i.e. return the time and date of the fetch, HTML code, HTTP response and the first 100KB of visible indexable text on the page.
Not for this little black duck it doesn't maybe for everyone else but I doubt it, more likely it did at one stage but they scaled it back.

See the Google webmaster tools Help page on "Fetch as Googlebot icon to indicate hyperlink opens in new tab" (new window) which explains the details of what it does.

Here is what the "Fetch as Googlebot" category looks like in Webmaster tools (see screenshot below).

From within a webmaster tools account this graphic is a screenshot of the Fetch as Googlebot category

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