The new Google Search Console is still in its beta phase, but the search engine giant has been proactive in adding new features to it.
In addition to the new design, Google is also testing some features that could become an integral part of the search console in the future.
Until last week, the new Search Console of Google didn’t have much to offer, other than a few tabs such as “Performance,” “Index Coverage,” “Sitemaps” and the long-awaited “Coming Soon” button.
However, 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.”
“URL inspection tool is now available for everyone! You can start inspecting your URLs by visiting the new Search Console,” announced the search engine giant via twitter.
Use of URL Inspection Tool
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.
The results are displayed after a note that reads, “It (URLs) can appear in Google Search results (if not subject to a manual action or removal request) with all relevant enhancements.”
So, Google wants you to test this new feature and let them know if it’s worth including it in the future Search Console Update.
So, take some time out and check on this new feature; it could be a new experience. Of course, we at Stan will keep a tab on this new tool and give you updates on the feature additions in Search Console. Stay Tuned.
Here are a few other new features that Google added recently to the search console dashboard:
- Sixteen months of traffic data in Search Analytics API
- Recipe report to help users fix structured data issues affecting rich snippets
- New Search Appearance filters in Search Analytics for Weblight and Google Play Instant