Google Search Console is a tool that helps webmasters understand how the websites are performing on Google organic search. With a registered Search Console account, Google can interact with webmasters to provide information about site errors, penalties, and other issues related to individual websites.
Google Search Console has brought in several changes in favor of webmasters, which we will discuss here in brief. Here are a few new features that Google recently added to the search console dashboard:
Google Search Console Adds New Reports For Video Results – 08 October, 2019
Google is reportedly making video searches on its platform more effortless for people. The search engine giant introduced two new tools to help webmasters understand the performance of their videos in Search and identify opportunities to improve video markups.
People come across videos in Google through these three ways:
- The main search result page
- The “videos” tab in the search result page
- Suggested content in Google Discover feed
With today’s launch, Google will now report the performance of videos under each of these tabs mentioned above.
Video Enhancement Report
Sites using structured data for videos will now be able to see a new report in search console under the ”Videos” tab. Like every other Search Console report, this tab, too, will show errors and warnings for video markups implemented on a website along with the pages that have error-free video markups. Besides identifying errors, these reports can also be used to validate an issue resolved by re-crawling affected pages.
Video Appearances in the Performance Report
The Search Console performance report already includes an option to see the performance of the video tab search result (type = video). Google has now extended its support for videos so that webmasters can now see the performance of their videos in the main Search results tab (type = web). Previously, the Search Console will only report on the video performances in the “Video” tab. Content can accompany video appearance if any page uses VideoObject structured data, or if Google uses other signals to detect a video on the page.
These new tools are expected to make it easier for webmasters and site owners to understand the performance of their videos and fix any issues related to it.
Fresher Data in Search Console – 23 September, 2019
On Monday, 23 September, Google announced that the performance report in Search Console had been upgraded with improved and fresh data. With this new update, webmasters can now see data that is less than a day old!
The performance report integration in the new Search Console has helped webmasters to understand organic traffic better, top keywords driving traffic, most visited webpages and audience demography. Webmasters can now easily track the daily performance of their website and compare performance based on weekdays vs.weekends.
The new performance report also boasts details of the data time zone, which is set by default at the Pacific time zone. This allows webmasters to interpret the data and compare it with the local time zone. Also, Google has made it easier for webmasters to analyze search trends by exporting data in the Search Console or exporting the chart.
Crawl Error Report Update- End of March 2019
The update improved the crawl error report in Google Search Console. The new changes allowed webmasters to fix issues much effectively and request for a quick reprocessing. It also prevented old crawl error reports from the desktop, smartphones, and site-wide from arising.
Sitemaps Data Update- End of March 2019
Google is planning to add advanced features for sitemaps data in the new version of the Search Console. The advanced, rich sitemap data will help webmasters to filter out the URLs that they want to focus on. The Fetch as Google feature will get an upgrade as a URL inspection tool in Search Console. The updated tool will help webmasters to find details of the indexed pages and check live URLs
User Management- End of March 2019
The cluttered interface of the old user-management features in the old Search Console will be soon be replaced by an advanced user management setting available in the new Search Console.
Google Officially Launches Domain Property In Search Console – February 2019
Earlier, Google recommended webmasters to treat different versions of web URLs, such as HTTP, HTTPS, mobile, www, and non-www versions as separate entities. The property set option was used by webmasters to group these versions in a single set in the Search Console.
However, on February 27th this year, Google has announced that it will not require webmasters to verify different versions of a website when it rolls out an update from now onwards. With the property sets implemented, Google was having a hard time assimilating date from different sets of properties to understand how a website is performing. With the release of this new update in Google Search Console, the property sets will come to a permanent end.
With property sets no more functional, webmasters can enjoy relief from manually putting together search console data. In an official email, Google officially announced the scrapping of property sets. Along with it, Google is also expected to bid adieu to some of the old search console features as it revamps by the end of March 2019. Google is also discontinuing certain features with the latest update as webmasters seldom use them. Let’s have a look at them below:
Structured Data Dashboard- August 2018
Google, in 2018, had introduced a new structured data feature on its new search console to give users insights on the performance of rich results. With the latest update, Google will remove all the non-supported rich results feature from the Search Console.
Between July 14 and 1 August 2018, the Index coverage news switched to a more accurate version, because of this, many webmasters saw changes in their reported index coverage. The period during the switching, no index data coverage was recorded, and whatever value was reflected was estimated to be known from the 1 August values.
While the Google Search Console tool was still in its beta phase, Google is adding new features proactively, and it is also testing features that could become a part of the new Search Console. Since the news of the new feature rollout, Google has not been offering much besides a few tabs like “Performance,” “Sitemaps,” and “Index Coverage.” However, starting from July 2nd week this year, the “URL Inspection Tool” was also added. This new feature took almost a month to become available to all webmasters.