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Google Announces Several Feature Updates for New Search Console

Google is currently aiming to bring several updates to the new Search Console, while also looking towards to deprecate many old features.

In particular, some features dropping in the old Search Console will have replacements while some may not.

“With the focus on features that we believe are critical to site owners, we’ve had to make a hard decision to drop some features in Search Console,” Google wrote.

Google will remove the following features from the old Search Console:

  • HTML suggestions are dropping to give way to tools that will crawl a website and extract titles & descriptions better.
  • Property Sets will be replaced by the new option to manage, search console account for entire domain properties — regardless of schema type and sub-domains.
  • Android Apps will also go away as most of the relevant functionality has been moved to the Firebase already.
  • Blocked resources can now be seen directly in the URL inspection tool, so this functionality will no more available, too.
  • The crawl errors report completely going away without any replacement on the desktop, mobile, and site-wide errors.

    Google says it will improve the way issues are recognized and flagged by Google crawlers. This will let website owners find and fix issues and make a re-indexing request much faster.

    Additionally, crawl errors API is also deprecating without any replacement.

Here are some other updates planned to roll out at the end of March 2019, and include:

Sitemaps data within the Index Coverage will now be replaced with the new Search Console report that already has ported most of the old report functionality.

Google notes, it will also add the rest of the information from the old sitemap report, specifically “images & video” to the new reports over time.

Moreover, URLs submitted in the sitemaps can now be tracked by select and filtering within the Index Coverage report.

New URL Inspection Tool to fetch as Google

Site owners can now use the URL inspection tool to fetch as Google that offers insight into the current state of indexing, a live check of URLs as well as other information, including HTTP headers, page resource, the JavaScript console log, and a screenshot of the page.

Using the URL inspection tool, users can even submit pages to have them added or updated in Google search results.

User-management Merged in Settings

The newly redesigned user-management interface now integrated into the Settings section in the new Search Console. This will replace old Search Console user management feature.

Structured Data Dashboard

For rich results, Google already has added several new dedicated reports per vertical like Jobs, Recipes, Events, and Q&A. Now, in the new Search Console — Google will now report in aggregate when it discovers a “syntax error parsing Structured Data on a page.”

Furthermore, Google will not anymore report Structured Data types which are not supported by rich results within the new Search Console, said Google.

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