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Google Search Console Item Classifications Updated Now Shows Valid Or Invalid

author image Written by: Rabije Gashi Corluka           Categories - In The News, SEO

Google made some reporting changes within Search Console. No changes have been made to crawling, indexing or rankings!

The search engine changed how it displays errors within some of the Search Console reports. Now it only shows valid or invalid information, rather than errors, valid with warnings and valid.

Google said the URLs or items in the Search Console report will no longer be grouped in status categories such as Valid, Warning, or Error. They will now be classified into two broader statuses that will reflect if the URLS or items are valid or not.

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Invalid Vs. Valid

According to Google, invalid means there’s a critical issue in the page or items. Not invalid means that the item might still have warnings, but no critical issues. Google explained that the implications for valid and invalid states differ by report type.

Grouping the top-level item (a rich result for the rich result reports, a page or URL for the other reports) into two groups: pages or items with critical issues are labelled something like invalid; pages or items without critical issues are labelled something like valid. We think this new grouping will make it easier to see quickly which issues affect your site’s appearance on Google, in order to help you prioritize your fixes.” – Google said in the announcement.

Here’s a first look:

Photo Source: developers.google.com

 

Google also said that these changes will also be reflected in the URL inspection tool and the API. The URL inspection tool will show these changes immediately, while the API changes are yet to arrive.

In their help document, Google said that the impacted reports impacted by these changes are:

  • Core Web Vitals
  • Mobile Usability
  • AMP report
  • Rich results report
  • URL inspection tool

These changes are made to help you understand reports better and prioritize issues easier.

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Rabije Gashi Corluka

Rabije always enjoyed finding different angles to a story, so it’s not surprising her curiosity influenced a move to a new continent, widening her perspective. She enjoys hearing people's stories and learning about different cultures and places - but most of all, she loves putting her thoughts on a piece of paper. Her love for writing led to her studying Journalism and PR, but she actually became a storyteller during her radio-hosting era. Now, she uses her skills, experience, and love for writing to help your brand stand out.

New Features For Google Search Console

11/18/2022

Calling all Google Search Console Users! You’re in for another treat this week, as Google has made changes to Search Console.

Lately, Google has been making lots of updates about shopping tools and ads. This time they’ve given some love to Search Console by adding shopping and merchant features!

Read More: Google Is Launching 9 New Shopping Features  

What’s New

In the Google Search Console, a brand new shopping section has been added. “Google added a shopping tab that includes a quick way to create a Merchant Center account, access to your product snippets, merchant listings and shopping tab listings performance and debugging,” reports SEO Roundtable.

Take a look at the brand new shopping tab!

For those of you eager to put the update to use, you may have to wait a little while for it to be fully up and running. According to this blog post, the shopping tab and merchant center is mapped to rollout over the next couple of weeks.

Read More: Google Just Dropped A Bunch Of New Features!

Search Console Merchants will allow account holders to make their account using a simplified sign up process, avoiding site ownership re-verification. We love a good streamlined experience. Here’s what Google had to say about the process:

“This streamlined experience will get products quickly on the Shopping tab on Google and help merchants reach people looking for product.”

If you’re not seeing the new features in Search Console just yet, remember the rollout is scheduled over a few weeks so be patient!

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Google Removes Two Widgets from Page Experience Report

08/06/2021

Google has made some significant updates to an important feature that helps SEOs understand how their sites rank.

Page experience’ is an important concept for SEOs and site owners. The term refers to a set of signals that, as Google describes, “measure how users perceive the experience of interacting with a web page beyond its pure information value.”

Page experience contains a few important factors site owners should consider – notably, Core Web Vitals are included. These are a set of three metrics (loading speed, responsiveness, and visual stability) that play a major role in a site’s performance on SERPs.

READ MORE: LAUNCHED: Google’s Page Experience Update Begins Rollout

For SEOs, the Search Console’s Page Experience Report is a lifesaver. It summarizes key information that pertains to what users experience on a site owner’s page, as well as how that information can lead to successful page rankings.

This week, Google made a few changes to the Page Experience Report in an effort to make the tool’s information clearer. Read about these changes below.

The Safe Browsing Widget is Leaving

Previously, the Page Experience Report contained a ‘safe browsing’ widget. This tool would inform the reader if their page had any issues pertaining to user safety.

Google has removed this feature from the Page Experience Report, saying the following:

“Safe Browsing systems at Google are designed to keep users safe on the internet. Sometimes sites fall victim to third-party hijacking, which can cause Safe Browsing warnings to be surfaced.

We recognize that these issues aren’t always within the control of site owners, which is why we’re clarifying that Safe Browsing isn’t used as a ranking signal and won’t feature in the Page Experience report.”

Search Console will still inform site owners about safe browsing ‘flags’ but this will no longer exist in the Page Experience Report to avoid confusion.

The Ad Experience Widget is Leaving

Google is removing a second widget from the Page Experience Report: the ‘ad experience’ widget.

This widget would inform the user whether or not advertisements and similar materials violated the ‘Better Ads Standards,’ a set of guidelines followed to create user-friendly ads.

Since ad experience is not directly relevant to page experience, its widget has been removed from the Page Experience Report.

Beyond removing two widgets, Google has also made a few minor tweaks to the page experience report. Read more about these changes here.

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