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How to use indexNow API in Google Sheets

If you manage a  blog or a website, you know that from time to time there’s the need to update all of the information. When this happens, it can be difficult for your webpage to succeed between all the other websites with the  same information. But there’s no need to worry, if you are here you know there is a solution for this problem, or at least a way to make it easier for you to have more success. 

In Unlimited Sheets there’s a command that you can use to index up to 10.000 URLs to inform search engines that something has been deleted, updated or added. This will allow those search engines, specifically Bing and Yandex, to reflect on short time all changes in the search results. Just keep on reading and you’ll find what you need to use this command.

What ‘s IndexNow?

IndexNow consists of a web tool that gives you the chance to inform search engines about changes in your website. Basically, when you use IndexNow a message is sent to the search engines so they can reflect those changes quickly. Without this tool, it would take days for those changes to show up on a search. 

Luckily, we’ve made a command that will serve as a quick way to upload a lot of URLs to those search engines. And it is through this tool that we’ve been able to help others to make their jobs easier, or at least in this case. 

Executing the function indexNow 

Let’s take a look at what you have to do in order to execute the function called indexNow. This command allows you to index up to 10.000 URLs to Bing or Yandex. As it is a premium function, you have to pay for it. It consumes a credit that you obtain once you pay for the subscription to the service. If you want to know how to use it properly, then follow the next steps. 

  • First, you need to select the cell on which you will write the command.
  • Type an equal (=) which will allow you to execute the function.
  • Next thing you have to do is type the command which is indexNow.
  • Add an opening parenthesis.
  • Between quotation marks, you will write the host of the URL.
  • Next thing you have to do is add the URL list by writing the interval that contains it. That will be done when you type the name of the first and last cell of the list. 
  • Now you have to write, between quotation marks, the API key that you can obtain through here.
  • Add the key location. It is also between quotation marks. In this case, that is made by the host URL and the API key.  
  • Add a closing parenthesis.
  • The whole commmansould look someting like this: indexNow(«https://www.domain.com», A2:A4, «c3d412f4f97543899d35bf1f8e6b9138», «https://www.domain.com/c3d412f4f97543899d35bf1f8e6b9138.txt«)
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  • Lastly, press enter on your keyboard to execute the function.

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Nacho Mascort

Nacho Mascort

My name is Nacho Mascort and I'm an SEO Manager (SEO + Product + Dev) doing some cool stuff at Softonic International.

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