Google Webmaster Tools Adds Block Resources Debug With Fetch & Render

May 28, 2014 • 8:52 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster ToolsAs expected, Google has introduced a new tool to help webmaster determine what JavaScript, CSS, and other resources they are blocking from GoogleBot's crawl.

Google announced it yesterday, as a new feature in the Fetch as Google tool in Webmaster Tools, which now has Fetch & Render:

Google Fetch & Render

Clicking on it will give webmasters the option to specify how Google should fetch it, i.e. desktop, smartphone or feature phones. Then it will show you a visual representation of what Google renders and more importantly, at the bottom, it will show you which resources you are blocking GoogleBot from crawling.

The RustyBrick desktop version of our site rendered:

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The RustyBrick mobile version of our site rendered:

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Notice what is being blocked, all Google resources. :)

Now, the old version is still available under the other "fetch" tab and that is very useful as well.

Forum discussion at Google+, Google Webmaster Help, John Mueller Google+ and WebmasterWorld.

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05/28/2014 01:08 pm

I think I wrote it first Barry :

Barry Schwartz

05/28/2014 01:10 pm

No, I did at

Stuart David

05/28/2014 01:41 pm

You know what I love, now you have posted this ... it will be rehashed and posted on Search Engine Journal in 48 hours and pushed over Facebook in 2 weeks time as fresh news #catchup

Stuart David

05/28/2014 01:47 pm

OWNED Khanna! Copyscape and phrase matching owns it too! Back to buying link sprays from Fiverr, no free press here! Next Fiverr run might want to try hit up terms like 'web site design' and 'web design'.


05/28/2014 02:28 pm


Soni Sharma

05/28/2014 04:08 pm

and here @rustybrick:disqus wins the race again... but you can claim your prize of this race by changing timestamp in wordpress. LOL


05/28/2014 06:16 pm

Let the big man win the game. I am a gr8 follower of him.


05/30/2014 09:15 pm

LOL... you guys are funny! You all win the prize! ;)


05/30/2014 09:19 pm

I guess Google is slow at completely rolling out this new feature. I get the fetch and render option, but that's all it gives me. There's no visual representation of any of my websites. It also appears that the limits on the number of complete fetches is missing. Usually they provide you with 10. Does anyone know if they have lifted this limit?


05/31/2014 07:13 pm

Love to see what ends up showing.. just did my site any ideas of how long it takes to show up the results?

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