A lot of SEOs are skeptical and concerned that the request indexing feature, which was temporarily suspended last week, will not return ever. Google said, “We expect it will return in the coming weeks.” But that does not mean this week or the next – it can means several weeks, like in months.
Here is the Google announcement if you missed it:
We have disabled the "Request Indexing" feature of the URL Inspection Tool, in order to make some infrastructure changes. We expect it will return in the coming weeks. We continue to find & index content through our regular methods, as covered here: https://t.co/rMFVaLht6V— Google Webmasters (@googlewmc) October 14, 2020
It is disabled if you try it:
John Mueller of Google was asked about the timing on Twitter and said “We said “in the coming weeks” so I kinda doubt it’ll be back next week. That said, we’re not planning on preannouncing — it’ll be back as soon as we’re sure it’s ready :).”
We said "in the coming weeks" so I kinda doubt it'll be back next week. That said, we're not planning on preannouncing — it'll be back as soon as we're sure it's ready :).— 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) October 16, 2020
Tom Rayner posted a poll on Twitter asking SEOs how soon they think and the results do not look all that optimistic.
Right SEOs, be honest 👇— Tom Rayner (@tjprayner) October 15, 2020
The request indexing tool in GSC will return:
The canonicalization issue is not resolved yet… I do suspect the two are somewhat related.
I suspect it will be back by the end of the year but I can be wrong.
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