Goodbye Content Keywords Report In The Google Search Console

May 23, 2016 • 7:58 am | comments (7) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

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Google's John Mueller said in a Google+ Friday morning that Google is likely going to kill off the Content Keywords report in the Google Search Console. He said this at the 32 minute mark citing it causes confusion around how Google ranks pages and thus wants to kill it off.

He said:

With regards to the content keywords portion… I think that refers to the Content Keywords feature in the Google Search Console. And from my point of view, I kind of would like to turn that off because it does confuse people, like here. And it kind of almost suggests that the more often you include the same keywords on your page, the more likely it will be relevant in the search results, and that's definitely not the case.

He then added if you want Google to keep it, let him know. He said:

So if you have good ideas why we should keep the Content Keywords section in Search Console, maybe drop me a note on Google+ so that we can look at that before we hit the red button and turn it off.

The report currently is designed to show you how Google understands your site and also warn you about potential hacks. It would be great if Google did remove it that they kept the notifications of unwanted pages around spammy keywords being added to the site.

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