End Of March: Property Sets No Longer Supported In Google Search Console

Feb 26, 2019 - 7:36 am 3 by

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This should come as no surprise as we covered it here a couple times already but this morning, Google emailed those using property sets in Google Search Console that it is going away by the end of March. Google is shutting it down and may replace it with something else at some point in time.

The email that went out this morning said "Property sets no longer supported in Search Console after March, 2019." Here is the full text:

Dear Search Console user,

You are the owner of one or more property sets in Search Console. At the end of March, 2019, Search Console will no longer support property sets. Google will continue indexing and serving any individual properties that comprise these sets, and your permission on these individual properties will not be changed. We have seen limited usage of sets in Search Console, which makes it hard to devote the engineering time required to maintain this feature. We are working on providing other ways to manage sites with multiple hosts or protocols.

The following property sets will be removed from your account at the end of March (max 8 shown):

- SET NAME

The properties that make up each set will not be removed or affected in either Search Console or Google Search.

If you would like to retain your data from these property sets, you can download it using the Search Console API or the Download button in various reports before the end of March.

Here is a screen shot:

Google Property Sets Email Gone

What will replace it? Google did test something called domain property but that might be dead in the water. Google also launched by default a consolidated view of the reports, so maybe it is needed less?

Here are some of the feedback on Twitter, but again, none of this is new, we were expecting this email:

Forum discussion at Twitter

 

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