Google Rolls Out New URL Inspection Tool

Written by Deirdre Keon on 13th July 2018


Google has announced that their new URL inspection tool in the new Google Search Console, is now available to all users.

In a nutshell, the tool now allows you to check a specific URL on your website to see the status of how Google search sees that URL. This tool “provides detailed crawl, index, and serving information about your pages, directly from the Google index,” Google says. It will show the last crawl date, the status of that last crawl, any crawling or indexing errors and the canonical URL for that page.

It will also show if the page was successfully indexed, any AMP errors, structured data errors and indexing issues.

Google has provided the following supporting guidelines and tips to make sure that you get the most out of its exciting new tool:

 

  • The URL must be in the current property: You must switch properties to inspect a URL in another property.

 

  • AMP vs non-AMP URLs: You can inspect both AMP and non-AMP URLs. In both cases, the tool provides information about the corresponding AMP and non-AMP version of the page.

 

  • Alternate page versions: If the page has alternate versions or if you decide that there are alternate/duplicate versions of the page, the tool also deliver information about the canonical version.

 

  • The tool describes the most recently indexed version of a page, not the live version on the web.

 

As well as the URL inspection tool, a number of other features and reports have recently launched in the new Search Console including sixteen months of traffic data, Recipe reports and New Search Appearance filters in Search Analytics.

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