For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the overarching function/purpose of a ‘Search Console’…it is essentially a free platform offered by Google in order for individuals to monitor and maintain website performance. Currently, Google is striving to revamp Legacy tools with Report tools in order to simplify the entire process for individuals.
On the other hand, for those of you who consider yourself to be somewhat of a Search Console veteran, chances are you feel extremely comfortable with the Legacy tools. Keep in mind, the Report tools will only be a slight adjustment. For example, the New Search Console has the following improvements over the old version:
- Sixteen months of search traffic data, versus three months in the old product
- Detailed information about a specific page, including index coverage, canonical URL, mobile usability, and more
- Tracking flows to help you monitor, fix, and request a recrawl of pages affected by crawling issues.
- New and improved reports and tools, described next.
- Works on mobile devices.
When trying to assimilate yourself to the New Search Console, the link provided below is critically helpful. Within this link, there is an extensive chart is provided where the main differences between the New and Old Search Consoles are explained.