Google has moved to a new version of the Search Console recently. Have you noticed an increase in emails from Google Search Console lately?
The Google Search Console – previously called Webmaster Tools, is a collection of tools to help website owners monitor website performance in the Google search index. The Google Search Console lets you see information like indexing issues, mobile usability issues, and queries on your website.
Because of the move to the new Search Console as we well as new features, you may have seen more emails from Google lately about your site. Most likely, you have nothing to worry about, but here are a few of the emails you may have recently seen.
Mobile Indexing and Other Errors with Your Site
Google Search Console notifies you when there are problems with your site which is a good thing! However, recently we have seen a number of error messages, especially about mobile usability issues, which reference problems that don’t exist now. It seems like these messages are related to the migration to the new platform and for indexing problems that occurred sometimes years ago. Google’s mobile test confirms there is no issue. If you know you have a mobile-friendly site, but are getting a message, your site is fine.
Domain Properties Enabled
Search Console has a new feature called Domain Properties. Previously when you added a site to the console you had to add all potential versions of your website i.e. https://www.delosinc.com, https://delosinc.com, http://www.delosinc.com, and http://delosinc.com. This was true even if you properly redirect all those URLs to a single primary web address. Domain properties gives you the ability to see the whole view of a domain name in one place.
You may have gotten an email from Search Console that lets you know all your properties are now included in one domain property.
Automatic Owner Verification
If you are not an owner of all your business domains in Google Search Console, but you use Google Analytics, Google is automatically verifying you as an owner for that domain in Search Console. You don’t have to request manual verification as an owner within Google Search Console if your account is already set up in Analytics as a property owner. This is new as you previously had to set up Search Console ownership separately.