The Request Review Option in GSC Is The Best Way to Inform Google That Content is Legitimate
If Google Search Console is flagging that content appears to be hacked, the request review approach is the best way to inform Google that the content is legitimate.
GSC UI & API Use Same Data Source
Google Search Console’s UI and API both use the same data source, so any there shouldn’t be any discrepancies in data between the two.
Resource Loading Errors Within Mobile Friendly Test and GSC Don’t Reflect Indexing Errors
Image URLs Won’t Be Fetched in the GSC URL Inspection Tool
The URL Inspection tool in Search Console is based on search results and will therefore only display web pages. If Google recognises a URL is an image, it will not be fetched with the tool and will most likely display a ‘blocked by robots.txt’ message.
The URL Parameter Tool in GSC is Still Effective
Despite not currently being moved over to the new Search Console, the URL parameter tool is still effective to manage parameter crawling.
URL Removal Tool in GSC is Fastest Way to Remove a Test Site From Search Results
While there are several ways to remove a staging site from organic search results, including blocking Googlebot from crawling it or returning 404 or 410 error codes, John recommends using the URL Removal tool in GSC to remove it quickly.
How-to and FAQ Reports Now Available in GSC
Sites which feature the new How-to and FAQ structured mark-up will have access to these reports within Google Search Console. For more news and announcments from the Google I/O conference held last week, including updates to GSC, Lighthouse and Googlebot, check out our comprehensive recap of key takeaways for SEOs.
Google May Temporarily Test Displaying Sites to Users in Different Countries
Google will test displaying sites to users in different counties to see if the content is useful for them, so data in GSC may be affected by these temporary changes. You can usually identify temporary behaviour by checking the number of impressions seen for certain pages in different countries to see if it lower than what is typically seen.
Disrupted Index Coverage Report Data in April Due to Indexing Bug
Google’s indexing issues occurred from 9th-25th April and data in the Index Coverage report could not be shown during this time. John hopes to write a post clarifying how Google handles these types of situations internally.