I made some changes to a page and it's url, and have configured my web server to redirect from the old to the new. After fetching the old and new url's in the search console the results appear as redirected and complete, respectively. Should I submit and index both, or one or the other? Why?

  • If one redirects to the other, you do not have to do anything at all. – closetnoc Apr 4 '16 at 22:23
  • @closetnoc Is Submit and Index meant for new pages, and there is no benefit in doing any of the above? – Kevin Apr 4 '16 at 22:29
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    You can use this option anytime. Unless the page is new and very timely, I do not recommend that people try and hurry Google up. These features will disappear if abused. Already, this feature is no longer real-time as a result. The regular googlebot will come by in a day or two to make it official. Why? Because people abused this feature and p1$$3d Google off. – closetnoc Apr 4 '16 at 22:32
  • @closetnoc I didn't realize it was such a problem in the past and just figured the monthly submission limit they put in place would prevent people from abusing their system. My content for these changes isn't very timely so redirect should be good for whenever googlebot or whoever comes around I guess. – Kevin Apr 4 '16 at 22:46
  • Kev- Can I call you that? One brother and a couple best friends growing up, it just feels natural. Generally speaking, if there is no timely need for a page to be indexed, I suggest to everyone that they let Google do it's thing. Google will figure out how fast it should visit a site and pages. Sitemaps can help this for larger sites. You can also signal important changes and updates with a link within the home page content. This is usually the best way to get attention to important (to you at least) updates. Cheers!! – closetnoc Apr 4 '16 at 22:51

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