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Can we ask Google to reindex our whole site?

Sadly, no.

Google reiterated this in a recent video. Here’s what they had to say, and what was suggested as an alternative:

“Today’s question is whether there’s a mechanism to request re-indexing of a whole website at once. Unfortunately no; there is currently no way to trigger a crawl and reprocessing of a whole website all at once.

“When you make major changes on the website, search engines will generally update those automatically over time. There’s nothing additional that you have to do. However, there are some good practices to keep in mind.

“If you change a page’s address or URL, then use redirects from the old to the new pages. If you remove pages, make sure your server returns the correct 404 or 410 status code. If you add new pages, make sure they’re linked from within your existing website. If they’re important, then link to them from other important pages and if you have important changes like a new phone number, then list that on existing important pages as well. Important pages tend to be checked more often by search engines and will update faster.

“Technically speaking, ideally use sitemaps; most websites support these by default, so you might not need to do anything special.”