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Sep052018

Google Search Console Graduates Out of Beta With More New Features

The new version of Google’s Search Console is officially graduating out of beta after being tested for over a year.

Though it was readily available to all users as an open beta, it didn’t offer all of the key features available in the old Search Console. However, because most common use cases are now supported Google has decided to move it out of beta.

“While the older Search Console still has some features that are not yet available in the new one, we believe that the most common use cases are supported, in an improved way, in the new Search Console,” Google wrote.

With that, still not all features have been migrated to the new one. Google says it will continue moving old reports and features to the new Search Console.

Old reports are still available in the sidebar, but Google has added a new reminder link in the old report that will show a message “pointing users to the new Search Console when an equivalent feature exists.”

“[W]hen an equivalent feature exists in both old and new Search Console, our messages will point users to the new version,” Google said, “[A]fter a reasonable period, we will remove the old report.”

That said, the new Search Console grouped together some features on the left sidebar, as well as added new options and two new features— “Manual Actions” report and a “Test Live” capability to the recently launched URL inspection tool in the new Search Console as of today:

Manual Actions and Security Issues Alerts

Ensuring that users do get all critical alerts, the new Google Search Console will show active manual actions and security issues directly on the Overview page.

Google also gave a fresher look to manual actions report, letting users review details of any pending Manual Action. Users can also file a reconsideration request right there.

Here is a screenshot of manual actions section:

Manual Actions in Google Search Console

URL Inspection – Live Mode and Request Indexing

URL inspection tool now allows running live tests on the live version of the page. This tool helps in debugging and fixing issues in a page or confirming whether a reported issue still exists in a page. Google said. “If the issue is fixed on the live version of the page, you can ask Google to recrawl and index the page.”

A screenshot below shows Live test — URL inspection tool:

Live test — URL inspection tool in Google Search Console

Here is a full list of features that the new Google Search Console offers as on today:

More data:

  • Get an accurate view of your website content using the Index Coverage report.
  • Review Search Analytics data going back 16 months in the Performance report.
  • See information on links pointing to your site and within your site using the Links report.
  • Retrieve crawling, indexing, and serving information for any URL directly from the Google index using the URL Inspection Tool.

Better alerting and new “fixed it” flows:

  • Get automatic alerts and see a listing of pages affected by Crawling, Indexing, AMP, Mobile Usability, Recipes, or Job posting issues.
  • Reports now show the HTML code where we think a fix necessary (if applicable).
  • Share information quickly with the relevant people in your organization to drive the fix.
  • Notify Google when you’ve fixed an issue. We will review your pages, validate whether the issue is fixed, and return a detailed log of the validation findings.

Simplified sitemaps and account settings management:

  • Let Google know how your site is structured by submitting sitemaps
  • Submit individual URLs for indexing (see below).
  • Add new sites to your account, invite and manage users.

The classic Search Console will not be going away any time soon, those who prefer the old version or see any missing functionality — can still switch between the old and new versions.

The company will continue to work on moving more reports and tools alongside adding new capabilities to the new Search Console.

Google also has published a help center article to help those who would like to migrate to the new Search Console, including a list of improved reports and how to perform common tasks. See the guide here

Update 09/28: Google has now added event markup debugging information to the rich results report within Google Search Console.

Until today, rich results status report only supported job posting and recipe markup. But, now the following rich results are added to the status reports in Search Console:

Job posting
Recipe
Event

With this update, Google has begun sending out notifications to sites that have issues with their event markup.

Users can see rich result types that were detected on their site using the Enhancements section of Google Search Console dashboard.

An image of Google Search Console notification:

event markup in rich results status report in Google Search Console

 

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