Google Search Console Team Wants To Know Which Reports You Are Missing Most

Jan 29, 2018 • 7:48 am | comments (13) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

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We have been covering the Google Search Console a lot since the roll out of the new beta version. The theme I keep seeing come up time and time again is that the new version is missing too many reports, which doesn't make it worthwhile using.

Honestly, that response bugs me. Google has said they are going to migrate reports over, and this is just a beta. So give it time. Google also is not removing access to the current/old Search Console, so you can use both reporting tools. The new beta gives you a different way to access similar reports and new and unique ways to understand and act on that data. It has a huge benefit, as does the old tool.

Now, Google posted a survey asking webmasters, SEOs, etc to let them know which reports you "need most" to be migrated from the old Search Console to the new one. The options currently include:

  • Structured Data
  • Rich Cards
  • Data Highlighter
  • HTML Improvements
  • Accelerated Mobile Pages report
  • Links to Your Site
  • Internal Links
  • Manual Actions
  • International Targeting
  • Mobile Usability
  • Blocked Resources
  • Remove URLs
  • Crawl Stats report
  • Fetch as Google
  • Robots.txt Tester
  • URL Parameters
  • Security Issues

Google also explained again why reports are missing:

  • We haven't migrated it yet. (Most likely reason) We're in the process of building the new Search Console, and it will take some time. Most likely your favorite report (or some version of it) will be in the new Search Console in the coming quarters.
  • We've found a better way to present that data. We won't migrate every report in exactly the same way if we've found a better way to present the same data. In some cases, we might combine a few different types of data together, or we might include the report as part of a flow, rather than a top-level report by itself. Whatever the case, we won't stop showing data that is important to our users; we just might show it in a new, more useful way.

So go ahead and let Google know which reports you want.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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