Search Engine Land reviewed Google NYC meetup that took place January 24, 2019. John Mueller spoke about changes coming to Search Console, image search, and mobile-first indexation.
Image search will become more important for webmasters and SEO experts in 2019. According to Mueller, user behavior is going to change, so Google needs to take that into account to adapt this search tool on time. Now image search serves various purposes, from searching for information or names to online shopping.
As for mobile-first, Mueller ensured that Google is actively moving the remaining websites to the new indexation. Google experts are going to enhance their interactions with webmasters via Search Console to speed up the migration. Google will notify site owners about existing issues.
On January 25, a detailed blog post explaining the upcoming Search Console changes was published on the official Google’s Webmaster Central Blog
So, here’s what’s going to change:
Besides, Google is going to have more meetups with webmasters and Google employees in 2019. What is more, they are going to expand their meetups all over the world, now just Mountain View and New York.
«Many SEO experts and webmasters are not ready to give up the older Search Console tools that are not going to be in the new version»:
«That is not to say that the new Search Console dashboard is less informative, but some tools (HTML suggestions, Crawl Errors/API and Blocked resources) will not be there. This data will either be removed from Search Console’s interface, or it will be there in a different form.
After the old Search Console is finally gone, private alternatives will likely appear to replace the deleted Console reports. Google is actively reducing the data from its official analytics webmaster tools. That is especially striking if you look at the principles of data collection in Google Analytics where a part of the information is encrypted by the search itself, so the number of “non-sourced” traffic only increases YoY».
Technologist SEO-expert of the SEO.RU Company