How much time does Google Webmaster Tools take to index a page? Analytics took around 24 hours to get info from the site, but since this is indexing, I guess it might take a little bit more than that. I would like to know though, an estimate so that I can start working on redirecting traffic with search engines to my sites so that it gets indexed much better.


I just tried indexing with bingbot and the following messaged appeared when I hit on fetch as bingbot:


What does that mean?

According to the code it brings back, only a a few parts of the site are returned, then it goes away to God knows where.

Inside my .htaccess file I wrote the following rules:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule ^([^\.]+)$ $1.php [NC,L]

Could it be possible that something of my .htaccess file could be redirecting the bot or something like that?

  • If your website/content aren't indexed by search engine, check the answers of this question. webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/43350/… Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 7:09
  • Regarding your htaccess update - it looks OK (although you have a few superfluous lines - no need to enable the RewriteEngine twice, or check for mod_rewrite, for instance). Only your first rule is a redirect (that could possibly cause bingbot to complain). Providing you are linking to HTTPS (not HTTP) throughout your site and in your sitemap etc. then this should be OK.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 10:47
  • Well @w3d is there a way to force https without redirecting the user, and any bots particularly?
    – codeninja
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 11:17
  • The redirection is primarily there for when users accidentally navigate to the non-HTTPS version of your site. Ordinarily, users (and bots) won't see this redirection, so it shouldn't be an issue, providing you are already linking to the HTTPS version throughout. AFAIK there is no other way, other than not including the redirection and not having your site accessible over HTTP at all (which is actually better from a security point of view, if that is a concern).
    – MrWhite
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 11:36
  • HTTPS is already being linked throughout the entire site, the only part of the website I want to force HTTPS on is on the main page, on the index, but if that's going to harm the site's ability to be indexed, then I rather not. Question is though, how does facebook and google force redirection to https and they don't get any harm towards their indexing?
    – codeninja
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 15:54

2 Answers 2


First check if your post is index and is added in SERP. If not try to do this:

If you go to Crawl then Fetch as Google, do Fetch the page then Submit to Index.

Check after a minute, then your page is index and included in SERP. Based from my own experience. I hope you too will have this experience.

  • I'm a new webmaster, and this is all new to me. I already verified if my site is indexed and it's not. entered this on google search bar: site:http://hsoto.me and it's not indexed. Where is crawl though? Help
    – codeninja
    Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 6:51

There is no estimated time for Google Webmaster Tools to index a website.

It mainly depends upon the following factors

  1. Popularity of the site (Whether it has any links to it)

  2. Whether the content is crawl-able (Server Responses and Content type)

  3. Site structure (how pages interlinked)

If you submit a sitemap of the website in GWT, it would allow Google to easily index your website but there is no exact time period for indexing a website.

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