. Google has discontinued the Google Search Console/Webmaster tools. Users are not allowed to view the older reports by the search engine giant. Users now see the polished Search Console interface when they log in to their account on search console.
*What new features does the GSC offer users? What makes it different from Webmaster Tools? The following is my honest review of GSC:
. As mentioned previously, the new Search Console won’t display a list with verified websites. The interface loads the report from the last site you worked on.
. The interface of the new GSC version is more user-friendly than the old GSC. GSC now has a search box, which allows you to quickly access the dashboard of sites you have verified with the GSC.
The main interface of GSC is split into two sections. You’ll find a menu bar on the left that lists the names of the reports GSC provides access to. The report is located on the right-hand side. The menubar can be hidden or unhidden by users.
The menu bar has the following entries:
- URL Inspection.
- Mobile Usability.
- Submit feedback.
- About new version.
- Go to the old version.
Overview: The overview section displays a summary of the other reports.
Performance report: Want to know how your site performed in the search results? What are the top-ranking webpages? What posts require optimization? The Google Search Console provides a performance report.
. The GWT displayed data for up to three months. The new GSC tool does not limit the date range. GSC allows you to filter data using numbers and words. You don’t need to export GSC data in order to analyze it using Microsoft Excel or similar programs.
Coverage Report: This is the most important report in the new Google Search Console. Googlebot will only index pages that it believes are appropriate for the Google index when a user submits sitemaps.
. The Coverage report shows a graph showing the number of clicks, impressions and errors that pages have received. It shows the number of pages valid and counts the pages that were crawled but have not been indexed.
. The Coverage Report, unlike the GSC index report, shows the date that the report was last updated. The Coverage Report also lists reasons why certain pages were not included in search index.
GSC groups the links into the following categories:
- Crawled – Currently no indexed.
- Excluded by no index tag.
- Blocked by robots.txt.
- Soft 404.
- Page with a redirect.
- Discovered currently not indexed.
- Crawl Anomaly.
- Canonical link issue.
- Not found 404.
When you fix the error, you can make Googlebot reprocess the pages with issues by clicking the Validate button.
Mobile Usability: This report will make you aware of the pages that are not mobile friendly. This report displays the number and validity of mobile-friendly URLs.
Links: This section of GSC makes you aware of the internal links structure, and the links that are pointing to your domain (backlinks). It also shows the anchor text that is used to link to the internal pages.
AMP Reports: Google had introduced AMP in 2017. AMP is Google’s CDN service that serves pages from various websites. This report can be used to check the status of AMP pages on your website if you have implemented it.
Final thoughts: The new Google search console provides new features. The interface is also better than the older version. The new GSC provides webmasters with more options and reports. The best part is that the GSC doesn’t require you to hire an SEO firm or agency to audit your site.