Google Explains Updates To Search Console

Google Explains Updates To Search Console

Google, Friday, February 15, 2019

Migrating from old Search Console to new Search Console

Migration guide for existing users

We are in the process of creating a new version of Search Console that will eventually replace the old product. If you have been using old Search Console, this guide will show you the main differences between old and new Search Console.

General changes

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 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


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
Internal links
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

    Old error category Replacement
    Server error All server errors are reported in Index Coverage as Server error (5xx).
    Soft 404

    Reported in Index Coverage as one of the following, depending on whether or not you submitted the error to be crawled:

    • Error: Submitted URL seems to be a soft 404
    • Excluded: Soft 404
    Access denied

    Reported in Index Coverage as one of the following, depending on whether or not you submitted the error to be crawled:

    • Error: Submitted URL returns unauthorized request (401)
    • Excluded: Blocked due to unauthorized request (401)
    Not found

    Reported in Index Coverage as one of the following, depending on whether or not you submitted the error to be crawled:

    • Error: Submitted URL not found (404)
    • Excluded: Not found (404)
    Other Reported as Crawl Anomaly in Index Coverage report.

    URL errors – Smartphone

    Not currently reported, but we hope to provide a solution to this.

    Site errors

    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.


    Don’t submit the same data twice – Data and requests are shared between old and new Search Console, no need to submit them in both. For example, if you submitted a reconsideration request or a sitemap in old Search Console, you don’t need to submit it again in the new Search Console.

    New ways to perform old tasks

    Some common task steps have changed in new Search Console. Here is a summary of the most common:

    • Add a new property: Read the new property flow. All properties are now listed in the dropdown list in the navigation bar in every page. You can remove a property from the list to stop receiving notifications about it.
    • Manage users and permissions: Use the new user management page in Search Console.
    • Change properties: Use the property selector dropdown in the navigation section of the document.
    • Check for robots.txt or noindex: Use the URL Inspection tool to inspect robots.txt and noindex status for an indexed or live version of a page.
    • Test Googlebot’s ability to fetch a page: Use the URL Inspection tool to run a live test of the page.
    • Upload a sitemap: Use the new Sitemaps report to upload sitemaps. Uploaded sitemaps will be tested immediately.
    • Debug rich results: Use the Individual Enhancement reports visible in the status page.
    • Look for site-level indexing errors: Use the Index Coverage Status report to view indexing stats at the site level.
    • Look for page-level index errors: Use the new URL Inspection tool to learn detailed crawling issues for a specific page.
    • Request a page crawl: Inspect the live page using the new URL Inspection tool and request a recrawl.
    • Inspect a live page: Using the new URL Inspection tool. Screenshots of the Googlebot requested page are now available.
    • Read site clicks, impressions, and CTR (Search Analytics): Use the equivalent Performance Report.
    • Users and permissions and verification details are still accessible through the settings icon Settings on the navigation panel.

    Currently unsupported features

    Here are some features that aren’t yet supported in new Search Console. To use them you will have to use the old Search Console, for now.

    • Crawl Stats data (pages crawled per day, KB downloaded per day, page download times)
    • Robots.txt tester
    • Managing URL parameters in Google Search
    • International targeting (managing hreflang tags or setting a preferred target country)
    • Data highlighter tool
    • HTML improvements
    • Reading and managing your messages
    • Change of address tool
    • Setting preferred domain
    • Associating your Search Console property with an Analytics property
    • Disavow links
    • Removing outdated content from the index
    • Property sets
    • Android apps
    • Blocked resources report
    • Structured data report

    From Google »



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