A just a day after Google said that it would be consolidating the data from within the Google Search Console’s performance report to the canonical URL, the search engine company decided to preview the consolidated data view on Thursday. This is at least a month earlier than they planned.
By logging into Google Search Console and clicking on your performance report, you should be able to see a message near the top that says, “Performance data is now based on canonical URLs.” You’ll also find an option that says “Switch to old view.” According to Google, the old view of the data will be available until April 10th.
Check out the screenshots of the view from some on Twitter, comparing the consolidated view and the old view:
— Barry Schwartz (@rustybrick) February 7, 2019
And here’s an example of an m-dot subdomain being consolidated to the responsive pages (since they are canonicalized to the desktop pages). 1.25K clicks and 40K impressions drop to just 51 clicks and 1.49K impressions. So it’s working. 🙂 pic.twitter.com/tTYS7hluio
— Glenn Gabe (@glenngabe) February 7, 2019
There are some cases where the reports will show significant changes and others in, they do not.
Google Webmaster Trends Analyst, John Mueller, confirmed on Twitter that this is rolling out as a preview:
Yep! We’re doing a preview and tracking the data in parallel until Apr 10, to help make understanding & transitioning to the new way easier.
— 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) February 7, 2019
In order to access the preview, just go to your performance report, select a verified property and start digging into your data.