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New and Improved Google Search Consult Arrives with Better Data Export

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Google Search Console Now Allows Complete Information Downloads From Reports

Everyday is Groundhog Day in the world of Google, as it would seem that not a day goes by without some kind of change or update – both welcome and not-so-much – coming from the search engine giant. This time, the change is very much welcomed, as Google has made some pretty significant improvements to data exporting capabilities within Google Search Console. According to a recent blog post announcement from Google, going forward, instead of just specific table views, you will actually now be able to download complete data sets in almost all Search Console reports. https://twitter.com/googlewmc/status/1232650809982308352 So, not only will you have more data available to download, but you will have the ability to access and export better data as well. “We believe that this data will be much easier to read outside SC and store it for your future reference (if needed),” said Google.

Changes to Enhancement Reports

When exporting data from an enhancement report, in addition to the list of issues and their affected pages, you’ll also be able to see a daily breakdown of your pages, their status, and impressions. And if you are exporting data from a specific drill-down view, you’ll be able to see details describing this view in the exported file. If you choose Google Sheets or Excel for exporting data, you’ll get a spreadsheet with two tabs, and if you choose to download as csv, you’ll get a zip file with two csv files. For reference, here’s a sample AMP report provided by Google:   AMP data export from Google Search Console Source: Google

Performance Report Improvements

Improvements were also made to Performance data. This includes:

  • The ability to download the content of all tabs with one click. This allows you to obtain data on Queries, Pages, Countries, Devices, Search appearances, and Dates all together.
  • The addition of an extra tab or csv file called “Filters.” This shows which filters were applied when the data was exported.

So, there you have it. While not monumental, with these changes, we will definitely see an improvement in how we access and export data in Google Search Console. And that’s pretty great in our books. Happy downloading!

Nicole McCormick

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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!

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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 Search Console Item Classifications Updated

06/15/2022

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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