Google Reveals Details About The Search Console Beta Release

Aug 2, 2017 • 8:19 am | comments (13) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

As you know, Google is working on a brand new look and feel and much more in a beta Google Search Console release where we posted screen shots. We even shared the beta URL, if you are in the beta the URL will work, if not, it won't.

Now, Google's John Mueller released more details about the upcoming release of the Google Search Console revamp. There are not dates or timelines but Google said the new Google Search Console will make things easier and more actionable for webmasters. Plus it looks great and all seems mobile friendly. Google wrote:

  • More actionable insights - We will now group the identified issues by what we suspect is the common “root-cause” to help you find where you should fix your code. We organize these issues into tasks that have a state (similar to bug tracking systems) so you can easily see whether the issue is still open, whether Google has detected your fix, and track the progress of re-processing the affected pages.
  • Better support of your organizational workflow - As we talked to many organizations, we’ve learned that multiple people are typically involved in implementing, diagnosing, and fixing issues. This is why we are introducing sharing functionality that allows you to pick-up an action item and share it with other people in your group, like developers who will get references to the code in question.
  • Faster feedback loops between you and Google - We’ve built a mechanism to allow you to iterate quickly on your fixes, and not waste time waiting for Google to recrawl your site, only to tell you later that it’s not fixed yet. Rather, we’ll provide on-the-spot testing of fixes and are automatically speeding up crawling once we see things are ok. Similarly, the testing tools will include code snippets and a search preview - so you can quickly see where your issues are, confirm you've fixed them, and see how the pages will look on Search.

They released details on two new reports in this new beta:

Index Coverage report

The new Index Coverage report shows the count of indexed pages, information about why some pages could not be indexed, along with example pages and tips on how to fix indexing issues. It also enables a simple sitemap submission flow, and the capability to filter all Index Coverage data to any of the submitted sitemaps.

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AMP fixing flow report

The new AMP fixing experience starts with the AMP Issues report. This report shows the current AMP issues affecting your site, grouped by the underlying error. Drill down into an issue to get more details, including sample affected pages. After you fix the underlying issue, click a button to verify your fix, and have Google recrawl the pages affected by that issue. Google will notify you of the progress of the recrawl, and will update the report as your fixes are validated.

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These reports will roll out to a small set of beta users in the "next few weeks" Google said.

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