Google’s Search Console tool has always been a very important and free tool for all website owners working on SEO, and it has now seen a great redesign. Google had been testing the new Google Search Console interface for a while and then slowly rolled out the new version to its users.
The new indexing and search performance reports will provide even more insights into how you can improve your website (both in Google’s eyes and for your human visitors).
The new Search Console was rebuilt from the ground up by surfacing the most actionable insights and creating an interaction model which guides you through the process of fixing any pending issues.
New Search Console has the following improvements over the old version:
- Sixteen months of search traffic data, versus three months in the old product
- Detailed information about a specific page, including index coverage, canonical URL, mobile usability, and more
- Tracking flows to help you monitor, fix, and request a recrawl of pages affected by crawling issues.
- New and improved reports and tools, described next.
- Works on mobile devices.
Comparison of tools and reports
We have created new versions of many reports and tools and will continue to migrate more. Here is a comparison of the of tools and reports in the old and new Search Console. This list will change as we continue to add new reports.
|Old Search Console report||Replacement in New Search Console||Comparison|
|Search Analytics||Performance||New report has 16 months’ of data and is much easier to use.|
|Rich Cards||Individual Enhancement reports||New reports provide detailed debugging information, and a one-click request to recrawl fixed issues.|
|Links to your Site
|Links||New report combines both Links to your Site and Internal Links report, with more reliable link count numbers.|
|Index status||Index Coverage Status||New report provides all the information of the old report, plus detailed crawl status information from the Google Index.|
|Sitemaps report||Sitemaps||Similar information, but better-designed report. The old report supports testing a sitemap without submitting it; the new report tests only upon submission.|
|Accelerated Mobile Pages||AMP Status||Many more error types reported in the new report, plus a fix flow to request reindexing of fixed pages.|
|Manual Actions||Manual Actions||The new report shows your manual action history, including review requests and results.|
|Fetch as Google||URL Inspection tool||The URL Inspection tool shows information about the indexed and live versions of a URL, with the ability to request a crawl. New information includes the URL of the canonical page, any noindex/nocrawl blocks, and whether or not the URL is in the Google index.|
|Mobile Usability||Mobile Usability||Similar information, but in a more usable format. Also provides a fix flow to request reindexing of pages with fixed mobile usability issues.|
|Crawl Errors report||Index coverage report and URL Inspection tool||
Crawl errors are shown at the site level in the new Index Coverage report, and at the individual URL level in the new URL Inspection tool. These reports help prioritize the severity of the issue, and group pages by similar issue to help you find common underlying causes.
The old report showed every single error encountered over the past three months, including some stale, transient, or relatively unimportant errors. The new reports focus on the issues in the past month that matter to Google: you are only shown an issue if it threatens to remove your page from the index or prevent the page from being indexed.
We also prioritize the importance of issues shown; for example, 404s are only considered an error if you specifically asked us to crawl a URL, such as through a sitemap.
These new behaviors help you focus on issues that affect your site in the Google index, rather than simply reporting a laundry list of all errors that Googlebot ever encountered on your site.
The following errors are remapped or not shown in the new Index Coverage report:
URL errors – Desktop
URL errors – Smartphone
Not currently reported, but we hope to provide a solution to this.
Site errors are not shown in new Search Console.
|Security Issues||New Security Issues report||The new Security Issues report replaces most of the functionality of the old report, plus shows a history of issues for your site.|
|Structured Data||Rich Results test and Rich Results reports||For individual URLs, use the Rich Results test (or URL Inspection tool). For site-wide reporting see the individual Rich Results reports for your site. Although not every rich result type has a report yet, our coverage is increasing.|
|HTML Improvements||None||No equivalent report provided; please follow best practices to improve your titles and snippets.|
|Blocked Resources||URL Inspection tool||No site-wide view of blocked resources is available, but you can see a list of blocked resources for individual URLs using the URL Inspection tool.|
|Android apps||None||Android apps are no longer supported in Search Console after March, 2019.|
|Property sets||None||Property sets are no longer supported in Search Console after March, 2019.|