Google has announced its “graduation” from the old Search Console, and sunsetting many of its reports, including its home and dashboard pages.
Millions of webmasters from websites far and wide have been using Google’s Search Console and its reports for years to help them monitor and improve their performance on Google Search. As Google says, they are a “part of the history of the web.” But the time has come to move beyond the old Search Console.
Now, trying to access the old homepage or dashboard will redirect you to the new “relevant Search Console pages.” Some legacy tools and reports remain in the Help Center, but Google is working to bring their insights into the new Search Console.
Legacy tools and reports
Remove URLs tool -Temporarily removes a URL from Google Search results.
Crawl Stats – How often Google is crawling a site, and how many requests it is making.
Change of address – Tells Google when a site is migrated to another domain.
robots.txt Tester – Tests the syntax of a robots.txt file, and whether it will block a specific URL.
URL Parameters Tool – Tells Google about parameters used in page URLs that make important page or site changes. i.e. a country parameter that changes the content of the site. Enables Google to crawl a page better.
International Targeting – Debug “hreflang” settings on multi-lingual sites, or set a country to target in your search results.
Google Analytics association, and Other associations – Imports Search Console analytics data for a property into Google Analytics. For other property types (YouTube channel, Android app, and so on), approve or deny association requests.
Data Highlighter tool – A simple tool to help Google extract data from template pages on a site.
Messages report – Shows messages sent to properties.
Crawl rate settings – Lower Google’s crawling traffic to your site.
Email preferences – Specifies whether or not Search Console should send informational or alert emails to you about your properties.
Web tools – Other tools that might be useful for your site.
If you’re one of the millions of webmasters I mentioned earlier, Google is monitoring #SCmemories on Twitter, so why not share yours?
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