BOCA RATON – Not sure why it has taken Google so long to realize and implement a sites various version into webmaster tools, but they have finally sent out a notification letting users know they have done so.
It’s been one of the most annoying things; to have to enter each individual version of your sites URL into webmaster tools. For example, www, non www, http://, https, etc. This should go without having to designate as it just creates extra meaningless work when adding and managing websites. For instance, if a user has a preference for which to appear in search, the site owner or webmaster should just use the canonical tag for this.
On Mar 15, 2019, Google sent out the following notice:
New Domain property added to your account
Dear Search Console user,
The Search Console team is always trying to improve our product, based on user feedback. One common complaint we heard is that users don’t like having to create separate properties to cover http, https, www, m, and other variations of their site. We heard you, and we are proud to introduce a great new feature, called a Domain property, to consolidate your common site variations into a single property.
A Domain property includes URLs from all subdomains, paths, and protocols. For example, if you define your Domain property as “example.com”, your property includes URLs from example.com, m.example.com, www.example.com, and any other subdomains of example.com, on both http and https.
The addition of this property will not affect or remove your existing properties. You can remove this property if you like. Domain properties are available only in new Search Console.
We’ve created the following Domain property for you, based on your existing properties (maximum 8 properties shown):
I’m pleased they have finally removed this rudimentary task and am looking forward to not having to manage two to four versions of every site within the panel. Belated thanks to Google.
About The Author: John Colascione is Chief Executive Officer of Internet Advertising Inc. He specializes in Website Monetization, authored a ‘how to’ book called ‘‘Mastering Your Website’, and is a key player in several Internet related businesses through his search engine strategy company Searchen Networks®