Google Webmaster Search Appearance: How does it help with On-Page SEO?

It is crucial to know how your website works. Yes, web analysis is what plays a vital role in effective on-page SEO. There are many ways that you can use. But most search experts hugely rely on webmaster because it is free and as effective as expensive paid tools.

Google Webmaster is definitely the best way to analyze and monitor your website. From figuring out any errors to learning how your website looks like in live search, it will help you in many a way to examine all technical aspects of your website. In this post we will provide a clear insight into Webmaster Search Appearance, looking at the main elements and how each of them could help you out with your on page SEO strategy. Let us get started here…

What is Google console?

Let us take a brief look at Google console before we tell you about the crucial elements of Google Webmaster Search Appearance and how you can make the best use of each of them in improving search visibility of your website.  In Google own words: “Google Search Console provides you with detailed reports about your pages’ visibility on Google.” Yes, it is a combination of tools that you use to find errors, see how your website looks like in live search result, site structure, etc.

Search appearance is a feature of Google Webmaster that gives a valuable insight into: what your website looks like when you search it in the search engines.  Go to search appearance menu and click on the icon “i”, you will get search appearance overview.  On the left are what you can do under webmaster appearance (see in the image below), and on the right against each of the title you will find a brief description.

What is Google console?

Let us have a look at some of the most crucial aspects-

Structured Data

Structured data is a way to explain the content of your website to search engines, and this, in a way or so, can be helpful in ranking and traffic improvement. Adding structured data to your website means you are making it easy for Google to detect the content on your page relevant to what is searched.

For example, add star ratings, calorie counts, images or customer ratings to your webpage’s structured data. These details will appear in the search snippet like shown in the image below. Also, these details help customers to understand you better and have a quick opinion about your business.

Structured Data Google console

The Structured Data section in Search Console contains information about all the structured data elements Google has located on your site, whether from Schema markup or other micro-formats.

Structured data google console

Structured data shows you all the errors found during crawling. Clicking on a particular data type, you can get which URLs contain that particular markup and when it was detected. You can click an URL to get more detail information about the data. Also, you will spot a Test Live data tool that as clicked will fetch and validate the URL using Google structured data tool.

Structured Data report

Look at the image in which there is a blue color button. That is the Test Live data tool. Simply click it, and you will get a view of how the structured data will look like in the live search.

Rich Cards

Sometimes, Google tries to provide answers to the queries with rich cards, one of the most useful elements you find under Webmaster Appearance. There are four types of rich cards, each presented in a different way. When a query is searched, a list of options is displayed below the searched URL. This helps users to jump directly to the one which seems most relevant to them. Thus, rich cards might be helpful, to an extent, in improving rankings and getting traffic.

rich cards google console

If your website has rich cards, you can see all the errors that Google has found in the data you provided for this. Google divides errors into three levels.

In the top, it keeps those that are can be grouped by card type. You can click a row to get the more details of an error.

In the next level are kept all the critical (errors in required fields) and non-critical errors for a selected card type. Here also you can get more details by clicking a row.

Data Highlighter

It is another way of adding structured data to your HTML. With this point and click too, you can upload any webpage and can highlight all crucial elements tell Google how you want that page to appear in search results. It is that easy and does not require coding skills. And it all takes no time. Just set up the data highlighter and it will start tagging similar pages for you.

To begin, click on the big red ‘Start Highlighting’ button…

Once you click the start highlighting button, the following interface will open.

Now put in the URL you want to markup. And select the type of information you want to highlight. Once you are done click OK to the left of the close button. As you click the OK, an interface will open, looking like the one in the image below.

Data Highlighter google console tool

Now you are almost done with this. All now you need to do is just click the Publish button. As you hit this button, you have set up the data highlighter. Google will consider the added structured data as it recrawls your website.

Data Highlighter google web

HTML Improvements

This is where you find any recommendations to Meta descriptions and title tags. Also, the report provides you with the details about the content that is non-indexable.

HTML Improvements

We know how important it is to have unique Meta descriptions and optimized title tags for an effective on page SEO.  This report helps you find out the issues with your Meta descriptions/title tags and so you can choose the right course of action further.

HTML Improvements web

To understand it better, look at the image above. You can see that 634 pages have a duplicate title tag. If the “Duplicate title tags” link is clicked, a screen listing all 634 pages will appear. This makes it easy to identify page titles that need to be updated.

Accelerated Mobile Pages

This is a new feature to the Webmaster. Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is a great tool that helps you to serve fast-loading, stripped-down webpages specifically to mobile users. Site speed of your website and how mobile-friendly your website is are two vital ranking factors. SO AMP, accelerated mobile pages seems to be something you pay more heed to.

You can find it from the report below how implementing AMP can be helpful for SEO experts.

Accelerated Mobile Pages

With Accelerated Mobile Pages, you can see all the pages on your website along with any errors out there in those pages. For that, all you need to do is just click on the URL. You will get all the details along with a suggested fix that works.

Accelerated Mobile Page

For example, if you spot some custom JavaScript issues on our site that need to be fixed, you click on the ‘Open Page’ button (see the image above).  You will get full details of how your AMP content appears on mobile. And so that you can do whatever you think you should, to make your website content mobile-friendly.

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Amit Mishra, the co-founder of Media Search Group, loves to pen down about marketing and designing. Be it search engine optimization(SEO) tips and strategies, Social Media Optimization, Increasing Engagement, and Traffic Score, Web Design and Development, Mobile Applications, Conversion/Sales, he covers it all. Been in the business for a long time, Amit Mishra knows some of the best strategies on how to expand and grow a Business Online.