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New Google Search Console to Show History of User Actions

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The latest version of Google’s Search Console will soon offer history tracking of user actions.

This is the latest change to promote what Google says will help provide greater transparency and accountability.

“As part of our reinvention of Search Console, we have been rethinking the models of facilitating cooperation and accountability for our users. We decided to redesign the product around cooperative team usage and transparency of action history.”

In their announcement Google highlighted several new features to the new search console:

  • User management is now an integral part of Search Console.
  • The new Search Console enables you to share a read-only view of many reports, including Index coverage, AMP, and Mobile Usability.
  • A new user management interface that enables all users to see and (if appropriate), manage user roles for all property users.

Google is recommending the following best practices for managing users permissions in Search Console:

  • Grant users only the permission level that they need to do their work. See the permissions descriptions.
  • If you need to share an issue details report, click the Share link on that page.
  • Revoke permissions from users who no longer work on a property.
  • When removing a previous verified owner, be sure to remove all verification tokens for that user.
  • Regularly audit and update the user permissions using the Users & Permissions page in new Search Console.
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