The Difference between Old and New Google Search Console

Drum Roll Please, from 4 Sep 2018, Google made the new version of Google Search Console live for everyone. Now you are always shown a new version and can easily switch to an older version, whenever needed.

New Search Console has the following improvements over the old version:

  • Old version hold only three months search traffic data, a new version is able to show sixteen months of search traffic data,
  • The new version is able to show 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.
  • The new version works on mobile devices.

The best part of the new search console is improved reports and tools, You can see in the table below that how a new version of the Search Console makes your life easier as a webmaster.

Old Search Console reportNew Search Console reportComparison
– Search AnalyticsPerformanceNew report has 16 months’ of data and is much easier to use.
– Rich CardsIndividual Enhancement reportsNew reports provides detailed debugging information, and a one-click request to recrawl fixed issues.
– Links to your Site
– Internal links
LinksNew report combines both Links to your Site and Internal Links report, with more reliable link count numbers.
– Index statusIndex Coverage StatusNew report provides all the information of the old report, plus detailed crawl status information from the Google Index.
– Sitemaps reportnew SitemapsSimilar information, but better-designed report. The old report supports testing a sitemap without submitting it; the new report tests only upon submission.
– Accelerated Mobile PagesAMP StatusMany more error types reported in the new report, plus a fix flow to request reindexing of fixed pages.
– Manual Actionsnew Manual ActionsThe new report shows your manual action history, including review requests and results.
– Fetch as GoogleURL Inspection toolThe 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 UsabilityMobile UsabilitySimilar information, but in a more usable format. Also provides a fix flow to request reindexing of pages with fixed mobile usability issues.
No equivalentURL InspectionProvides detailed information about your pages in the Google index, including the status in the index (present or absent), last crawled time, the canonical URL, noindex/robots.txt blockages, and more. The tool also enables testing a live page to see whether it is eligible for crawling.
Google recommends using the newer version of each report, as it becomes available. Old reports with a new equivalent will soon be removed

Where can I find the common tasks?

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

  • Add a new property: Click the property selector dropdown in any Search Console page. Select + Add property on the dropdown and type the URL of the site or subsite to create as Search Console property. Specify the URL of your property exactly as it appears in the browser bar, including the final / mark.

  • Remove a Property: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The old version of Search Console is still needed…

Here are some features that aren’t yet supported in the 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 are not yet supported
  • Blocked resources report
  • Security Issues report
  • Structured data report

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 the old Search Console, you don’t need to submit it again in the new Search Console.

Thanks for reading and comment if you have any question and I will try to answer as soon as possible.

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