Google Completes Migrating All Search Console Properties To An Updated System

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The migration of Google’s Search Console properties to the updated item classification is now complete, Google announces.

Google is finalizing the migration of all Search Console properties to an updated system that simplifies the classification of pages, items, and issues.

Google search central announces on Twitter today that the migration is complete:

Google started this process two months ago to help search console users to focus more on important topics.

To achieve this goal, Google Search Console no longer groups items or URLs at the top level according to three or more status categories.

Before this update, Search Console reports classified URLs with the labels “Valid”, “Warning”, and “Error”.

Now, Report items are grouped into two general states in Search Console to indicate whether they are valid or invalid.

Invalid means the page or item has a report-specific critical issue, and Valid means the item doesn’t have a critical issue (but may still contain a warning).

The consequences for valid and invalid new IDs vary by report type. Google details what this means for each affected report.

What Are The Updates In Google Search Console Reports?

Like before, the Search Console categorizes individual issues as Error, Warning, or Good. What has changed is that these classifications now indicate colors and icons rather than text labels.

Here Are The Changes Made To Individual Search Console Reports:

Coverage (Page indexing): Pages with Valid and Valid with Warnings are now grouped in Indexed status. Pages with issues with Excluded and Error are now grouped in not indexed status.

Core Web Vitals: doesn’t change the classification of pages from Poor, Needs Improvement, and Good, but now groups pages into two tables: a table for Good pages and a table for Poor or Needs Improvement pages.

Mobile Usability: has never had any warning-level issues, so you won’t see any changes in the chart except that the categories are now usable and not usable.

AMP Report: The first table shows the AMP pages affected by critical issues that could prevent them from appearing on Google. The second table shows non-critical issues affecting your AMP pages.

Rich Result Reports: The first table shows rich results that are affected by critical issues that prevent them from appearing on Google. The second table shows the rich results with non-critical issues that, if corrected, could improve the display of the rich results.

URL Inspection: In the URL Inspection report, the top level verdict for a URL will be one of the following three categories:

  1. URLs are on Google
  2. URL is on Google, but has issues
  3. URL is not on Google

The bottom line is that Google Search Console does not add or remove data from reports. This change only affects the way issues are classified.

You have access to all the information available prior to the release of this update.

For more details on the changes to the Search Console report above, visit Google’s new help page.

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