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SEO Web Design / SEO  / Google Search Console Change of Address tool adds redirect validation & reminder

Google Search Console Change of Address tool adds redirect validation & reminder

Google announced two new features to the Change of Address tool within Google Search Console. These new features include redirect validation for top five URLs of the moving domain and a reminder at the top of both the moving domain and the destination domain within Google Search Console.

Redirect validation. Google added redirect validation for top five URLs of the moving domain. The tool will show you the redirect flow, validate the flow, show you some examples and give you recommendations of any problem redirects.

Here is a screen shot:

Reminder. Google will also show you a reminder at the top of both the moving domain and the destination domain within Google Search Console. This reminder is a in a warning banner that may read “this site is currently moving to newdomaingoeshere.com.

Here is a screen shot:

Why we care. The change of address tool can be very powerful and adding the reminder that a site is moving can help some not make a mistake with the tool. The validation tool also can help you fix any issues and truly validate that the site move is something you want to communicate to Google. You can learn more about the change of address tool over here[1].


About The Author

Barry Schwartz a Contributing Editor to Search Engine Land and a member of the programming team for SMX events. He owns RustyBrick[2], a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable[3], a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry’s personal blog is named Cartoon Barry[4] and he can be followed on Twitter here.

References

  1. ^ over here (support.google.com)
  2. ^ RustyBrick (www.rustybrick.com)
  3. ^ Search Engine Roundtable (www.seroundtable.com)
  4. ^ Cartoon Barry (www.barryschwartz.org)

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