Google’s Updated Search Console

Google has launched an update in 2018 to its search console that brings new ways of indexing and also a redesigned search performance to the service.

The company had been testing these updates in beta over  the last few month and now it’s finally ready!

google's homepage updated search console

What is Google’s Search Console?

For those who don’t know about the Google Search Console, it is described as a free service offered by Google that helps you monitor and maintain your site’s presence in Google Search results.

The benefits of the Console:

  • To make sure content is submitted into the search engine
  • Check your sites activity so that it is clean – resolve malware or spam issues
  • Monitor visually engaging search results
  • Make sure that Google can access your content
  • Helps you improve and understand SEO

The Update Console Look

The reports now feature a new design and access to 16 months of data collected from your website. It should be easier now to detect trends and understand the focus on your websites content.

Google's Updated Console Analytics

Indexing Coverage

The indexing coverage is also getting a major update with the system. The console is now more focused on making old features easier to use with a better visual representation. This also means that you can now more easily find the tools to test and re-submit URLs, for example.

Google's Updated Search Console Indexing

External Links and Top Links

Google’s Updated Search Console now adds more functionality with the Links to your site and Internal Links reports from the old Search Console.

You are now able to see “top linked pages”, “top linking sites” and “top linked text”.

We can also expect Google to continue importing features from the old Google Search Console to the new one over time. However if you feel that you’re not ready for the new console, there is a link in the left hand column “Go Back to Old Version” allowing your to revert back.