Now it’s official; Google has decided to stop supporting property sets within the Search Console dashboard.
In an email to webmasters, Google announced that they no longer need to create separate property sets for the different versions of a website URL.
Earlier, Google had recommended verifying the different versions of a website URL such as HTTP, HTTPS, mobile, www and non-www versions as separate entities in the Search Console. Webmasters used the property set option to group all these versions into a single set.
Now, the search engine giant has announced that it’s going to lift the burden from the webmasters. Google says, its users needn’t verifying multiple versions of the same website when it rolls out an update soon.
Once the update is rolled out it will officially put an end to property sets in the new search console.
According to Google, webmasters were finding it hard to assimilate data from the different sets of properties; this made it hard to get a clear picture of how the website is performing.
Replacement for Property Sets
With property sets dead, Google says, it can now show all Search Console data of a website irrespective of the protocols, sub-domains, and paths under its new Domain Properties.
The new feature, which is yet to be inducted to the Search Console, will ensure that the webmasters get holistic data from different versions of their web entity. This will unburden them from manually putting together different search console data.
“Regardless of whether you use m-dot URLs for mobile pages, or are (finally) getting the migration to HTTPS set up, Search Console will be able to help with a complete view of your site’s data with regards to how Google Search sees it,” says Google in the new announcement email sent to webmasters.
Even though the Domain Property feature is not fully functional as of now, Google will set it up automatically in the new search console within a few weeks.
The announcement also says that Domain Property has been built based on several feed backs from webmasters who shared their concern over the property sets.
In another email, Google officially announced the scrapping of the property sets from the search console. According to this mail, Google will not support property sets starting in March 2019.
Earlier in the month, Google had announced a list of features that will be trashed as it fully migrates to the new Search Console. “Property sets” was one of the features listed in that announcement.
The reason cited by Google for discontinuing the features was the time required to maintain a function that users seldom use in the Search Console.
In addition to this, Google has launched a new performance report data with a consolidated view in the new Search Console.
Even though it creates the data automatically for the webmasters, you may probably want to take full control of this feature for various properties.
Let’s hope Google rolls out the new Domain Property feature in Search Console soon.