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Google Search Console
Type of site
Webmaster tools
OwnerGoogle
URLsearch.google.com/search-console
Commercialyes

Google Search Console is a web service by Google which allows webmasters to check indexing status and optimize visibility of their websites.[1]

Until 20 May 2015, the service was called Google Webmaster Tools.[2] In January 2018, Google introduced a new version of the search console, with changes to the user interface. In September of 2019, old Search Console reports, including the home and dashboard pages, were removed.[3]

Features

The service includes tools that let webmasters

Criticism and controversy

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The list of inbound links on Google Webmaster Tools is generally much larger than the list of inbound links that can be discovered using the link:example.com search query on Google itself. The list on Google Webmaster Tools includes nofollow links that do not convey search engine optimization authority to the linked site. On the other hand, the list of links generated with a link:example.com type query is deemed by Google to be "important" links in a controversial way. Google Webmaster Tools, as well as the Google index, seems to routinely ignore link spam. Once a manual penalty has been removed, Google Webmaster Tools will still display the penalty for another 1–3 days.[14] After the Google Search Console rebrand, information has been produced demonstrating that Google Search Console creates data points that do not reconcile with Google Analytics or ranking data, particularly within the local search market.

Due to a persistent bug in the new Google Search Console, many users cannot upload a valid sitemap ("Couldn't fetch sitemap" or "Sitemap could not be read" errors).[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Linking Google Analytics to Webmaster Tools". Google Developers. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  2. ^ "Announcing Google Search Console - the new Webmaster Tools". Retrieved 2015-05-21.
  3. ^ "Saying goodbye to the old Search Console". Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  4. ^ "SEO Starter Guide: The Basics | Google Search Central". Google Developers. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  5. ^ "How To Use Search Console | Google Search Central". Google Developers. Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  6. ^ "The 7 most important metrics in Google Search Console". 11 May 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  7. ^ Boudreaux, Ryan (2013-06-18). "How to use Google Data Highlighter, part 1". TechRepublic. Retrieved 2015-09-04.
  8. ^ DeMers, Jayson. "3 Steps to Take When You Suspect an Algorithmic Penalty From Google". searchenginejournal.com. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  9. ^ Cutts, Matt. "View manual webspam actions in Webmaster Tools". Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Webmaster Tools API | Google Developers". Google Developers. Retrieved 2015-06-02.
  11. ^ "Introducing rich cards". Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  12. ^ "The Ultimate Guide of Google Search Console". Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  13. ^ "How to use Google Search Console". Retrieved 2021-01-19.
  14. ^ Jansen, Derek. "Manual Spam Action Revoked – But It's Still Listed in Webmaster Tools". PP. Retrieved 31 March 2015. Google typically takes 24-72 hours to remove the message within the "Manual Actions" section of Google Webmaster Tools.
  15. ^ "How to fix Couldn't fetch sitemap error on Search Console". 2019-06-26. Retrieved 2021-03-07.