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Aug212018

New Google Search Console Borrows Links & Mobile Usability Reports From Old Interface

Google continues to port most popular features from the old Search Console (Webmaster Tools) to the new Google Search Console beta. The features imported on Monday, include links and mobile usability reports and the site management into the new Search Console.

The new link report consolidated the functionality of the “Links to your site” and “Internal Links” reports on the old Search Console, Google said. “Search Console users value the ability to see links to and within their site, as Google Search sees them.”

In the screenshot below you can see external links sorted by “top linked pages” and “top linking sites”:

Link Report in New Google Search Console Beta

You will be able to get this feature within the new Google Search Console via this link.

Google also added the mobile usability report, and manage users and sites features to the new Google Search Console.

Mobile Usability Report

An important priority for any site owner, Google is bringing the Mobile Usability report to the new Search Console to help them fix any issues related to the mobile usability on their websites.

Similar to other reports in the New Search Console, Google also now allow users to “submit a validation and indexing request” when the issue(s) fixed.

Google said Issue names remain the same as in the old report.

Here is a screenshot of the new mobile usability report:

Mobile Usability Report in New Google Search Console beta

Site and User Management

The New Search Console today becomes more useful with the new abilities added today, allows to “add and verify new sites,” as well as it now also allows to manage “property’s users and permissions.” These features can be accessed directly in the new Search Console using recent added settings page.

In this screenshot you can see managing users and permissions:

Users and permission in new Google Search Console

That’s no oil, more such features would continue to port from the old Search Console interface to the new over time as Google seeks user feedback.

Google also has began sending notifications to site owners about errors identified in HTTP to HTTPS migration process.

Specifically, the notification sent out alerts “about pages that are no longer showing up in Google search because they cannot be found.”

The Search Console notification reads:

“Google systems identified that you recently migrated your site from HTTP to HTTPS. Approximately 80% of your HTTP pages that were indexed before migration can no longer be found in either your HTTP or HTTPS site. Therefore, these pages are no longer accessible from Google search. If these pages were moved to your HTTPS site, we encourage you to help us find them and include them in Google Search.”

Google has stated over and over again that webmasters need to give clear direction when performing HTTPS migration.

Here is a screenshot that shows the alert from new Search Console about HTTPS page that were not found:

HTTPS pages not found alert on Google Search Console

Google’s John Mueller replied, pointing out why these errors usually occur:

That means, after the migration happens a redirect for every single page on the site need to be set up with a directive link “rel=canonical” or a “301 redirect.”

 

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