Google Replaces “Warning” Labels In Search Console

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Google is simplifying Search Console reporting so you can focus more on issues affecting how your website appears in search results.

Upcoming changes will affect the ‘Warning‘ for URLs and items. There is confusion as to whether this status means that a page or item cannot appear in Google.

To alleviate this confusion, top-level elements will be labeled as: valid Where Invalid.

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“Valid” refers to pages or items with no critical issues, while “Invalid” refers to pages or items with critical issues.

In a blog post, Google summarizes how this will benefit Search Console users:

“We believe this new grouping will allow you to quickly see what issues are affecting how your site looks on Google, to help you prioritize your fixes. »

You’ll also see “valid” and “invalid” labels when viewing reports from Google’s URL Inspection tool.

Individual issues are always categorized as mistake, WarningWhere Wellwhich is communicated through the use of a color and an icon rather than a text label.

The following reports are affected by this update:

  • Web Essentials: Poor/Needs improvement/Good categories are kept, while pages are grouped into good and bad tables.
  • Mobile usability: Categories are labeled as “Unusable” and “Usable”.
  • GPA report: Warnings are replaced with “valid” and “invalid” labels.
  • Rich results reports: New labels will apply to events, fact checks, logos and other types of reports.
  • URL Inspection: The top level verdict for a URL will be either:
    • URL is on Google
    • The URL is on Google, but has problems
    • The URL is not on Google

You may not see any changes today as this update is rolling out gradually over the next few months.

This is a report change in Search Console only. There are no changes to how your website is crawled, indexed, or served in search results.


Sources: Google Search Center, Search Console Help

Featured Image: Screenshot from developers.google.com/search/blog/ June 2022.

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