Google's URL Inspection Tool Adds HTTP Response, Page Resources, JS Logs And Rendered Screenshot

Inside Google Search Console, there is the 'URL Inspection Tool' which provides information about Google's indexed version of a specific page.

Information includes AMP errors, structured data errors, and indexing issues.

Improving the tool, Google announced some added features where webmasters can see their specific URL’s HTTP response code, like whether Google can see a 200 OK code, a 404 page not found code, a 301 redirect code or something else.

Google can also show page resources where it shows the things its crawlers can and cannot access. There is also a report about JavaScript log, as well as a screenshot of how Google renders the page.

To see these information, webmasters just need to use the tool and enter a URL to the URL Inspection Tool.

"You can now see the HTTP response, page resources, JS logs and a rendered screenshot for a crawled page right from within the Inspect URL tool," wrote Google on Twitter, announcing the update.

For webmasters, insight into what Google sees after it crawls and renders a page is very useful for SEO.

Many times, websites become more sophisticated with added features and scripts. With the added codes come more complexity, and under certain times, the codes can render some pages in a way that may not work well for Googlebot crawlers.

This particular feature in Google's URL Inspection Tool should show if those issues are present, in a specific and actionable manner. With this information, webmasters can quickly dive into the troubled codes, address them, and change/fix/adjust them if necessary.

The URL Inspection Tool has features that include:

  • Inspect an indexed URL.
  • Inspect a live URL.
  • Request indexing for a URL.
  • View a rendered version of the page.
  • View loaded resources list, JavaScript output, and other information.

When webmasters inspection results generated by the tool, they can include the following expandable sections:

  • Presence on Google.
  • Index coverage.
  • Enhancements (AMP, Jobs, and more).

And when Inspecting a live URL, webmasters can see whether Google is capable of indexing their contents. Using this feature will run a test against the live page for information similar to the indexed URL.

This should be useful when webmasters want to test changes in the page against the already indexed version of the page.

Published: 
29/01/2019