The main purpose of Google coming up with Search Console was to help webmasters monitor and improve their sites’ performance.
But things have even gone better than when it was launched more 10 years ago. Today, Google Search Console has embedded in the tools more than two dozen reports and tools covering AMP, structured data, and live testing tools, all designed to help improve your site’s performance on Google Search.
What is AMP?
AMP is an acronym for Accelerated Mobile Page, which enables the creation of websites and ads that are consistently fast, beautiful and high-performing across devices and distribution platforms.
The world is going mobile, of course, and no one wants the great advantages mobiles offer to loop him.
New Features in Google Search Console
If you’re a webmaster, then looking at the new features the Search Console offers will help you fix some issues in your site.
More actionable insights
Search Console will now group the identified issues within your site by what Google suspect is the common “root-cause” to help you find where you should fix your code. Google organize these issues into tasks that have a state (similar to bug tracking systems) so you can easily see whether the issue is still open, whether Google has detected your fix, and track the progress of re-processing the affected pages.
Better support of your organizational workflow
From Google’s interaction with organizations, it’s shown that multiple people are typically involved in implementing, diagnosing, and fixing issues. In view of this, Google is introducing sharing functionality that allows you to pick-up an action item and share it with other people in your group, like developers who will get references to the code in question.
Faster feedback loops between you and Google
Now, there is new mechanism that allows you iterate quickly on your fixes. With this, you don’t need to waste time waiting for Google to recrawl your site, only to tell you later that it’s not fixed yet. There is now on-the-spot testing of fixes and are automatically speeding up crawling once Google detect the problem has been fixed. Similarly, the testing tools will include code snippets and a search preview – so you can quickly see where your issues are, confirm you’ve fixed them, and see how the pages will look on Search.
Coming soon… Index Coverage report and AMP fixing flow.
In the next few weeks, two new exciting BETA features — Index Coverage report and AMP fixing flow will be live to even help you better.
How Index Coverage report works?
Are you worried about pages not indexed by the Search Console? Worry no more, in a few weeks away, the new Index Coverage report will show you the count of indexed pages, information about why some pages could not be indexed, along with example pages and tips on how to fix indexing issues.
It will also enable a simple sitemap submission flow, and the capability to filter all Index Coverage data to any of the submitted sitemaps.
The new AMP fixing flow
“The new AMP fixing experience starts with the AMP Issues report. This report shows the current AMP issues affecting your site, grouped by the underlying error. Drill down into an issue to get more details, including sample affected pages. After you fix the underlying issue, click a button to verify your fix, and have Google recrawl the pages affected by that issue. Google will notify you of the progress of the recrawl, and will update the report as your fixes are validated.
As we start to experiment with these new features, some users will be introduced to the new redesign through the coming weeks.”