Fetch & Render Tool in GSC Doesn’t Reflect Real Rendering
Getting ‘temporarily unreachable’ messages in the Fetch & Render tool doesn’t reflect how Google is rendering content for its index. Google’s rendering service has a longer cutoff time and uses caching.
Scroll Events Shouldn’t be Used in Isolation to Execute Lazy-loading
Scroll events aren’t always the best solution because they are expensive, users on desktop may resize their window to get more content which wouldn’t trigger a scroll event, and Google doesn’t scroll. Test lazy-loading is working by using Fetch & Render and Intersection Observer.
Text That’s Hidden by Default During Rendering is Fine For Google
Some sites will prevent content from being visible until the page has finished rendering to stop elements from jumping around the screen as they are loaded. This is fine for Google as long as the textual content is in the HTML, but check what Google can see with the mobile-friendly testing tool and Fetch & Render in GSC.
Google’s Cache Isn’t an Accurate View of Googlebot Rendering
The Fetch & Render tool in GSC and the Mobile-friendly Test tool show a more accurate view of how Googlebot is able to render a page than Google’s cache view, as this can easily be broken.
GSC Will Still Have the Option to Fetch Desktop Pages After Mobile-first Indexing
Google still wants website owners to be able to check how their desktop pages appear even if the content is being taken from mobile for mobile-first indexing, so there will still be an option to fetch both page versions in GSC.
Ensure Google is Shown the Same Title When the Page is Fetched & Rendered
If Google is switching the titles between individual URLs, then something with the back-end of the website may be wrong. Google should be able to get the same title when it initially fetches the page as when it is rendered.
Fetch as Google Doesn’t Make Any Changes to the Index
Fetch as Google only requests the page so it can’t be used to bring Google’s attention to an updated status code, for example. In order to affect the index you need to use Submit to Index where additional processing will be done.
Remove CSS Stretching Images to Max Viewport to See How Full Page Renders
If the CSS sets images to the max viewport this will stretch them and stop you being able to see how the rest of the page is rendering in Fetch as Google. However, this view doesn’t represent what Googlebot is actually rendering.
Use Mobile Friendly Test to Check if Googlebot Can Access Page
Use the mobile-friendly test as an easy check to see if Googlebot can access a page. This will fetch the page with a Googlebot user agent and show you a screenshot of what was found.