πŸ“’IndexNow

While the Auto-Indexing tool only submits your URLs to Google, the IndexNow tool submits your URLs to many other search engines like Bing, Yandex, Naver, Seznam.cz, and Yep with just one submission.

How to Integrate IndexNow to SEO Utils?

Step 1: Get an API Key

Visit https://www.bing.com/indexnow/getstarted, you will see a form like this to generate an API key.

Click the "Generate" button to get an API Key, then click the "Download" icon to download the API Key file.

Step 2: Upload the Key File to the Root of Your Website

You will need to host your downloaded key file (Step 1) at the root of your website.

If your website domain is tuikhoeconban.com, then the file should be located at https://tuikhoeconban.com/c52ff0461aee4edf836b8ff0d24c5ff8.txt

You can visit that URL to validate if the file is uploaded successfully.

Step 3: Add Sitemap URLs to SEO Utils

Open the SEO Utils app and click the IndexNow in the left sidebar to access the tool.

Click the "Import URLs" button or the "Plus" icon to add sitemap URLs.

After adding sitemap URLs, SEO Utils will import all the URLs. You can also switch the sites by using the Site dropdown.

Step 4: Add IndexNow API Key to Sites

While selecting a site, you will see the "Cog" icon. Click on it to open the settings modal.

Enter the IndexNow API Key you got from Step 1 and hit the "Save" button.

Now, all the setup is done. You are ready for indexing submission!

Checking Index

You can trigger a process to bulk-check the index for all URLs on your site by clicking the Check Index action.

You can also check index for a single URL by clicking the vertical dots icon.

SEO Utils will search Bing and other search engines using the "site:url" operator to see if the URL is on the SERP.

You want to consider using Proxies to prevent the search engines from blocking your IP when checking thousands of URLs.

Submitting Index

Just like the "Check Index" action, you can submit either multiple URLs or just one URL for indexing.

When you bulk-submit URLs, SEO Utils will only submit URLs that haven't been indexed yet. It won't resubmit the URLs that have already been submitted to avoid spam protection from IndexNow.

However, if SEO Utils detects your content has been updated, it will auto-resubmit the URL.

Scheduled Jobs

  • SEO Utils will pull URLs from all sitemaps daily at 5:00 AM (your local time) to get new URLs and check if the existing URLs have content updated by using the Last Mod field from your sitemaps.

  • SEO Utils will auto-check index of all sites at 6:00 AM (your local time).

  • SEO Utils will auto-submit your sites for indexing every 10 minutes.

Troubleshooting

URL received. IndexNow key validation pending

When you have just added a new API key and try to submit the index, you will see a message: "URL received. IndexNow key validation pending." This is because IndexNow needs to validate the API key with the file you uploaded to your website.

This message will disappear after a couple of minutes.

How to Fix 403 Forbidden Error: User is unauthorized to access the site. Please verify the site using the key and try again

This error occurs when IndexNow is unable to verify your site because you entered the wrong API key or the uploaded file was not located at the root of your website.

If this error keeps happening, you will need to regenerate an API key and complete the setup process again.

If you have any further questions, please visit the FAQs section on the IndexNow website at https://www.indexnow.org/faq

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