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Google Search Console Index Coverage Report Updates for Mobile-first Indexing

Back in March this year, Google had begun migrating sites to mobile-first indexing. The initiative was started only for the sites that follow Google’s best practices and were notified through the Search Console.

Those site owners would see a significant increase in crawl rate from Google’s Smartphone Googlebot.

Additionally, the mobile version of those sites web pages began to show in Google Search results and Google cached pages.

Today, the company has announced two changes in Search Console for properties that have been migrated may see a change in their index coverage status

Google’s index coverage report is now updated and collects mobile-first indexing data instead of using desktop indexing data when available.

Google said this only impacts “properties that have been migrated to mobile first indexing as part of the mobile-first indexing initiative may see a change in their index coverage status.”

The change in index coverage report took place on November 26, 2018, and the migrated sites have been notified by email, says Google.

As part of this change, the data affected in the report is related to the “error counts” and “new issues” related notices.

Google will now reflect only the status of mobile-first indexing around these issues.

The “indexed page counts are not affected by this change,” said Google, adding, this update also does not reflect any changes on sites.

Google is also now sunsetting old Webmaster Tools reports as similar reports are now exists in the new Search Console.

Users can see the notices in the old Search Console which notifies webmasters of some reports are now retiring to give way to the new Search Console reports.

The notice reads “Important: This report will soon be replaced by the new Search Console. Please update your links to point to the new Search Console.”

The following reports are sunsetting in future:

  • Search Analytics report
  • Rich Results report
  • AMP report
  • Links report
  • Internal Links report
  • Manual Actions report
  • Mobile Usability report
  • Index Status report
  • Crawl Errors report.

Google has not issued any date when it’s planning to retire all these reports.

In a recent Google Webmaster Central hangout, responding to a question:

“Is the item type ‘service’ supported by Google for reviews and ratings? The review guidelines mention services, but the supported item types don’t include services.”

Google’s John Mueller said the developer site is the authority on supported item types.

Adding, he said site owners shouldn’t avoid using particular types of structured data just because they’re not officially supported.

And that the search engine may support additional structured data types depending on a number of websites using it.

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