If you are a webmaster, Google Search Console is your go-to-tool for understanding how websites are performing on organic search results of Google. Search Console interacts with webmasters to provide information about site errors, penalties, and other issues that can impact the visibility of the website on Google search.
Google has frequently been updating the Search Console and making several changes to help webmasters with features and tools that can assist them with ranking websites. In this blog, you can see all the latest Search Console updates that Google made in recent times.
Accurate Index Coverage Report – 15-12-2019
Google on Dec 15 announced that the Index Coverage report has been further improved. According to the tweet, the Search Console can now do more accurate coverage of the indexed pages. With the new update, some of the pages that were under the “Crawled – currently not indexed” category has been indexed.
Search Console Messages – 04-12-2019
Google updated its search console dashboard with a new innate message feature on December 4. The new feature will make it easier for webmasters to check messages from Google. The function can now be accessed within the search console dashboard on the top right-hand corner.
Google has been making quite a lot of improvements to the new search console after they completely discarded the earlier version.
The search engine giant has been keen on making a lot of valuable additions to the new search console. This is being done to ensure that webmasters get more essential features that can improve the quality of their websites.
The announcement of the new update came through the official webmaster central blog. “As of today, messages will be available through a panel accessed easily by clicking the bell icon at the top of any page in Search Console. The main difference from the old interface is that now you’ll have access to your messages throughout the product, no need to leave your reports.”
The webmasters can access the messages sent or received from May 23, 2019, by clicking on the bell icon.
Products Results in Search Console – 20 -11 – 2019
Google, on Monday, November 20, announced the addition of a new feature to its Search Console that will display the impressions, clicks, and essential metrics for the Product Rich Results.
Google has been displaying rich results such as rating, price, and availability of the products for shoppers to compare and buy products easily. The new feature added to the search console will help merchants analyze the reach and impact of these results.impact of these rich results.
Google Search Console has been helping webmasters across the globe with insightful data regarding the number of impressions, clicks, and other useful metrics. This data is beneficial for making decisive changes to the website, such as the devices used by the prospective uses, geography, and queries.
If your e-commerce site has added the Product Rich Snippet schema correctly, you will now see a new search appearance type “Product Results.” A further deep dive into this segment will provide a complete analysis of how your products performed on Google search.
The data provided on the “Product Results” area will help you understand how the rich result features such as the ratings, price, and availability of the product help in bringing the traffic.
In addition to this, you will also get a detailed insight into the kind of queries the target audience used to reach your website. This can be a great addition to your audience research, as you can analyze the latest trends and turbulence in the shopping behavior of the users.
Speed report in Search Console – 04-10-2019
Google, through its official webmaster central blog, announced that the new Search Console has started displaying the Speed report as one of the Enhancement features.
Google has been testing the speed report for a while. The preview version of the same was displayed during this year’s Google IO conference. The new search console update is an indication of Google giving more importance to site speed.
According to the official announcement, the new Site Speed Enhancement Report will help webmasters identify site speed issues as and when they pop up. It will additionally help them come up with suitable fixes before potential users experience it. Google has made the analysis simple for webmasters as each page on a site will be provided with a speed score of “Fast,” “Moderate,” and “Slow.”
This data is derived from the Chrome Users Experience Report, which is based on the metrics gathered from the experience of real users who use the Chrome browser.
The report is generated for individual URLs, which makes it easy for webmasters to come up with fixes based on the specific inputs provided by the Search Console Speed Report. If you find a site with most of its pages labeled as moderate or slow, it’s better to check the reasons that are causing the slowdown using the Page Speed Insight tool.
Once the issues that cause the slow down is fixed, webmasters can request Search Console to validate the fix and revise the speed score. This provides the webmaster the clarification on whether the fix implemented to speed up the page was successful or not.
The Speed Score is assigned to websites based on the aggregate time taken for First Contentful Paint (FCP). FCP is essentially the time taken for the browser to render the first visible element on the page.
As of now, the Speed report in the Search Console is marked as an experimental project. This is because Google will be making significant additions and improvements to this report in the coming days, says the official announcement.
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.
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. Just like every other Search Console report, this tab will show errors and warnings for video markups implemented on a website. It will also help in identifying 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, September 23, 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 understand a lot of metrics. These are 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 27 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 farewell 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.
Here are some of the upcoming changes in Search Console that Google will roll out in March:
Crawl Error Report
The Google Search Console update improved the crawl error report. According to Google, the updated version of this feature will be more focused on the issues and patterns used while indexing.
The proposed change will help webmasters fix the issues much faster, and they can also request a quick reprocessing. The new update also pulled the plug from the old Crawl Errors report – for Desktop, Smartphone, and site-wide errors.
It’s also time to forget the old sitemaps report as Google plans to add a few advanced features to the new version with reports on images and videos as new additions.
Also, the new feature-rich sitemap data will make it easier for webmasters to filter out the URLs that they focus on. This feature is already available in the Index Coverage report of the new Search Console.
Fetch as Google
The Fetch as Google feature from the old search console, which was one of the most used features by webmasters will get a new name and life as a URL inspection tool in the new Search Console.
The updated tool will give webmasters the details of indexed pages. In addition to this, Google recently added a new property to check the live URL.
Above all, submitting the URL to reprocess new data will remain the core functionality of the URL inspection tool.
The URL Inspection tool has already become popular among the Updated Search Console users, as it provides more advanced data than the old Fetch as Google.
Managing users has always been a pain in the old search console. The clutter in the interface contributed to the confusion.
Now, Google says that it has fixed the issue as the user management option has been added to the Settings section of the new search console. This means the old user-management feature in the old Search Console will die soon.
Structured Data Dashboard
In 2018, Google had introduced a new structured data feature on its new search console to give users insights on how their Rich Results are performing. Google also included dedicated reports per vertical, be it Jobs, Recipes, Events, or Q&As.
According to Google, removing all the unsupported Rich Results features will reduce the distraction faced by webmasters while fixing issues that don’t impact site displays on the SERP.
Letting go of some old features
Google also says in the blog post that it’s forced to let go of some of the features that webmasters may still find useful.
The highlight is the HTML suggestion that helps webmasters filter out duplicate titles.
Google says it’s essential to ensure there are no duplicate titles. However, it recommends using other tools that can crawl websites to check duplicate titles & descriptions.
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 August 1 values.
While the Google Search Console tool was still in its beta phase, Google added new features proactively. 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.
Google URL Inspection Tool Becomes Part of New Search Console Beta – July 2018
Since the second week of July, webmasters have reported a new tab titled “URL Inspection tool.”
This new feature wasn’t available for all webmasters, until this week. Now, the official word of Google is out, and the new feature has been rolled out universally on all beta versions of “Search Console.”
The new tool comes handy for webmasters to perform an inspection of specific URLs. Once you key in the URL that needs to be inspected, the Console will retrieve data from the Google Index.
The webmasters will be provided with details about the sitemap; this includes the URL and the time and date of the last Google crawl if it has been allowed. Additionally, they can also check whether the page was successfully fetched by a Google bot and indexed with user-declared canonical.
Here are a few other new features that Google added recently to the search console dashboard: