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Fetch as Google Overuse Penalty

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Fetch as Google Overuse Penalty Matt Swagerty 9/20/13 11:53 AM
I've read the FAQs and searched the help center. 

I am wondering if their is a penalty for using "Fetch as Google" too frequently.  I have been using it a bunch, trying to tweak a page on my site to get it ranked better.  At first it was very useful.  Then, all of a sudden, it seemed like the more I used it the worse I was ranked.  Can using this tool too much really hurt you?

Secondly, is there still a "Crawl URL form" and can it be used when you have updated a page, or is it just for new pages.  When I found it recently it said the if you have a new URL to submit, but descriptions of it elsewhere talk about it being for updated pages.  Will I get penalized if I use it for updated pages?

Thanks for your answers,

Matt Swagerty
Re: Fetch as Google Overuse Penalty Matt Swagerty 9/20/13 12:08 PM
Here is an article that says that you are actually penalized:  http://technotes.tostaky.biz/2013/02/dealing-with-google-webmaster-tools.html
Re: Fetch as Google Overuse Penalty JohnMu 9/21/13 12:57 PM
Hi Matt

There's no penalty for using "Fetch as Google" frequently. 

That said, if you're updating pages or creating new ones, you'd probably be more efficient by just using a Sitemap file so that we can crawl & index automatically (maybe your CMS can even create & submit Sitemap files automatically). 

Cheers
John