I want to reindex a page using Google Custom Search. Google Webmaster Tools says I manage the site.

In Google Custom Search, I go to "Specific URLs" under "Index Now". I add a URL or two and click "Index Now". It always says “Invalid url to index”. Is there some trick to this, like some special formatting I have to do with the URLs?

Anyone gotten this to work?

  • Could you post the URLs you are trying to index? – Vidar S. Ramdal Oct 31 '13 at 14:47
  • I'm not wild about posting the actual URLs since it's for a particular client, but they are completely normal looking URLs, e.g., foo.com. – mhenry1384 Nov 4 '13 at 5:51
  • Also having this issue. Completely normal URL's. e.g. example.com/example-page.html. Pages are indexed fine in actual Google search – Barney Jan 29 '14 at 14:56
  • I don't have a solution, but this appears related to https. Can it be that GCS does not support https, even with the recent google "ssh everywhere" push? I submit my link with http and it works, but not https. I have both variants verified in webmaster tools. – Julian Dec 4 '14 at 19:02
  • I have this same problem too, even though the URLs I am submitting are not using https, I have a paid custom search account, and the site is verified in Webmaster Tools. In fact, I can request indexing for them via WMT, but not via CSE, which is annoying since there are a few of them. I think this form is broken. – Victoria Aug 4 '16 at 11:14

From tooltip on that page:

URLs must be from sites you have verified in Webmaster Tools.

  • Any idea of how this can be done if you do not own the site, but only the data (and you can't add a verification file there)? – Leo Jun 24 '14 at 19:36

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