Google Simplifies Search Console Reporting: What’s Changing

Google clarifies Search Console reports, removing the notion of warning.

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The new reports show two generic states: valid and invalid. ©Google

Google wants to offer clearer reports

Google has just announced an update to the problem classification in Search Console. Until now, URLs and various elements were grouped into three categories: “valid”, “valid with warning” and “invalid”. On the other hand, many users did not know how to understand this intermediate notion, as Google explains:

Users have told us that they get confused when the “warning” status applies to a URL or an element: does a warning mean that the page or element can or cannot be displayed on Google?

To overcome this problem, the Mountain View firm has chosen to reorganize the categories, to offer only two groups:

  • Valid (or equivalent), in green: group pages and elements that do not present a critical problem,
  • Invalid (or equivalent), in red: group the pages and elements that bring a critical problem.

Finally, the objective is to allow Search Console users to identify more quickly the problems that block the visibility of their site, and to prioritize more easily the actions to be taken to optimize their referencing.

The reports affected by this new classification

The reports that should be affected by this change are:

  • Core Web Vitals reports,
  • Mobile Ergonomics reports,
  • AMP reports,
  • Rich results status reports,
  • The URL Inspection tool.

In addition, Google specifies that this change will not affect the way it crawls, indexes and distributes your pages.

This new classification will be available in reports for all properties in the coming months. As a result, you may not see the change right away. Also, the URL Inspection API will be updated only when the feature rollout is complete.

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