Tag - search console

Google Improves Accuracy of Search Console Index Coverage Report by @MattGSouthern

Google has improved the accuracy of the Index Coverage report generated by Google Search Console. According to Google’s Search Console help documentation, the Index Coverage report began switching to a more accurate system on July 14 and fully switched over at the beginning of August. “The Index Coverage report switched to a new, more accurate system. Because of this, you may see changes in your reported index coverage. This does not reflect any changes in your site, but a more accurate [...]

Google Slows Crawling With 5xx Server Errors

When a website starts to serve Googlebot 5xx server errors, how does Googlebot handle the change in server status?  The question came up about Google crawl errors, and John Mueller from Google had some interesting comments about 5xx type of server errors and how it impacts Googlebot. That's a very vague question, and a post from 2016, it makes it a bit hard to guess :). We do crawl old 404 pages from time to time, that's nothing to worry [...]

Find Out When Google Last Crawled a Specific URL by @MattGSouthern

An update to Google Search Console will allow users to check when a specific URL was last crawled. The new “URL inspection” tool will provide detailed crawl, index, and serving information about pages. Information is pulled directly from the Google index. Google says this new tool aims to provide some of the most commonly requested new features. ”One of our most common user requests in Search Console is for more details on how Google Search sees a specific URL. We listened, and [...]

Google Search Console Crawl Stats to Update Soon

Google Search Console stopped updating data for crawl stats back on May 23rd for all users.  But for those worried it might be a permanent change due to the migration to the new Google Search Console, it is not.  The stats should start updating again soon. John Mueller from Google confirmed that it is a known issue in Search Console and site owners will be seeing crawl data soon.  He also adds a comment that site owners can always check [...]

Google Dropping Meta Tag Description Length Warnings from Search Console

Ever since Google has very publicly taken the stance that they do not have a recommended character count for meta description tags, some have wondered what that means for the meta tag warnings in Google Search Console that alerts site owners when their meta description tags are too long or too short.  But with no character count to go on, why are the warnings there? John Mueller provided some insight on Twitter about these warnings, and said that they are [...]