Advanced guide to Search Console
Search Console offers a broad range of reports to help you monitor and optimize your site performance on Google Search, whether you're just getting started with SEO or you've learned advanced SEO topics. If you're just starting to learn about Search Console, check the beginner's SEO guide to Search Console too.
The most relevant report will depend on the focus of your work. Broadly, it is possible to differentiate between reports that would be most relevant to web developers and those that would be most relevant to SEO specialists, digital marketers, and site administrators. While the groups have several intersection points, it's still useful to try and provide the most relevant reports for each group.
Helpful reports for SEO specialists, digital marketers, and site administrators
The following list includes the most useful Search Console reports to help you manage various aspects of how Google Search indexes, crawls, and serves your site.
- Learn if your site has any Google Search manual actions issued against it. If a site has a manual action, some or all of that site may not be shown in Google search results. The Manual Actions report shows any issues, in which section of your site, and where to learn more about it.
- Temporarily hide pages from Google Search. The Removals tool is a way to quickly remove content on your site from Google Search results. A successful request lasts only about six months, which should be enough for you to find a solution to either allow the content to be seen or to remove it permanently.
- Tell Google about a site migration. If you move your website from one domain or subdomain to another, the Change of Address tool tells Google about your change, and helps to migrate your Google Search results from your old site to your new site.
- Review issues with your structured data implementation. The Rich result status reports show which rich results Google could or could not read from your site. You'll find details on errors that prevent showing your pages as rich results, warnings that might limit your appearance, and information on how to debug and fix issues.
Helpful reports for web developers
The following reports can help developers build websites that are healthy, findable, and optimized for Google Search.
- Understand site-wide Search indexing issues. The Index Coverage report shows which pages have errors, warnings, or are excluded from Search. In addition, it shows the number of impressions the website pages accrued on Google Search, which helps understanding how issues might have affected your organic traffic.
- Debug page-level Search indexing issues. The URL Inspection tool provides the current index status of website pages and options to test a live URL, to ask Google to crawl a specific page, and to view detailed information about the page's loaded resources and other information.
- Find and fix threats affecting your site. The Security Issues report report shows warnings when Google finds that a website might have been hacked, or used in ways that could potentially harm a visitor or their device.
- Make sure your website provides a great page experience to your users. The Core Web Vitals report shows how pages perform based on real world usage data, sometimes called field data.