On Wednesday June 15, 2022, Google announced, over on their developer blog, that they are working on simplifying how they classify things in Search Console, their flagship SEO reporting platform.
They explained that they are simplifying things including:
- How they are classifying pages,
- How they are classifying items,
- How they are classifying issues
The reasoning behind this is two-fold: 1. They want to provide greater clarity and ability for the SEO professional to focus on critical issues that could impact site visibility in search, and 2. So that the SEO professional can better prioritize their work.
Google also explained that these changes are rolling out on a gradual basis over the coming months.
They also said that you shouldn’t notice any changes for the time being.
Furthermore, they stated that this is only a reporting change and that there is no change to how Google Search crawls, indexes, or serves your pages.
They also provided the following screenshot comparison of old vs. new reporting:
From their official announcement: