Changes to The Google Search Console Interface

Google has recently updated the Search Console interface from the last version. Specifically, Google has changed how users see and interact with sitemaps. These new sitemap features do not change how Google crawls through sitemaps. Instead, they change how SEO representatives and website developers use the interface. There are a few new features to go over, one of the most interesting is the “remove a sitemap” feature.

Deleting a Sitemap

Veteran Search Console users might be interested to hear more about the new “remove a sitemap” feature. The older version of Google Search Console had this feature, but when Google created the new Search Console interface this feature disappeared. Many website developers are excited to finally have this feature return. It is important to note that removing or deleting a sitemap does not stop Google from crawling it. The only way to truly remove a sitemap is to have it deleted from your own server. Deleting sitemaps on Search Console is a way to stay organized and keep the interface clean. Metaphorically speaking, “removing a sitemap” is really just making the sitemap invisible on the user interface. But for users who hate clutter, this is a great improvement.

The New Sitemap Pop-Out Feature

Another visual change to the Search Console is that users can now open their sitemap in a new window or tab. This provides web developers with some improved convenience. From Google Search Console, a web developer can now go through their previously submitted sitemaps to see what Google has crawled and no what to update. Previously, a user would need to cross-reference the sitemaps files on their server with the ones they submitted on Google. For larger websites that don’t want to submit an XML sitemap too frequently, this new feature will come in handy.

Showing RSS & Atom Feed Sitemaps

We all know the benefits of submitting XML sitemaps. Recently, Google has encouraged Search Console users to submit RSS and Atom Feed sitemaps. Basically speaking, XML sitemaps are much larger because they contain all the data on a website’s pages, whereas RSS and Atom feed sitemaps are optimized to focus on changes. Although search engines have increased the acceptable file size it is still beneficial to use a mix of RSS feed, Atom feed, and XML sitemaps. The new update displays the type of sitemap to keep your Search Console interface organized.

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