Confirmed: Google Removes “Not Selected” From Webmaster Tools

google-webmaster-tools-video-1330350240Google has confirmed the reports of the removal of the “not selected” filter within Google Webmaster Tool’s Index Status report.

Google’s John Mueller said it was removed because it “was causing more confusion than actually helping webmasters with their sites.”

That may be true, but many webmasters found the data useful. In fact, there were times when John from Google said himself that “not selected” data can be useful in some situations.

Here is the comment from Google’s John Mueller, a Webmaster Trends Analysts in Google Zurich.

Yep, this was removed on purpose since it was causing more confusion than actually helping webmasters with their sites.

Previously, the “not selected” would mean either:

  • It redirects to another page
  • It has a rel=”canonical” to another page
  • Our algorithms have detected that its contents are substantially similar to another URL and picked the other URL to represent the content.

This news come shortly after many reports of Google Webmaster Tools having issues with reporting the number of links pointing to a site.

For more details on the index status report, see our article named Google “Reveals Index Secrets”: Charts Indexing of Your Site Over Time.

Related Topics: Channel: SEO | Google: SEO | Google: Webmaster Central | Top News


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  • Dr. Peter J. Meyers

    Isn’t “Not Selected” pretty much what made the “Advanced” tab advanced?

  • Ken Shafer

    Now THIS is a bummer. I actively used that tab to track down many a crawl issue. Blerg…

  • Ken Shafer

    Real quick tho…You can still use the “Ever Crawled” option to get a sense of how much is being “selected” or not

  • Glen Jackman

    Does it make sense to say that (Ever crawled) – (Total indexed) = (Not Selected)?

  • SEO Consult

    If it was causing confusion then explain it more clearly, don’t just remove it Google.

  • Vincent Schwellenbach

    @twitter-15778961:disqus this is a bummer for me too. Always enjoyed using it.

    Vince Schwellenbach
    Chief Creative

  • hGn

    If Google just let us to know which exactly are these “Not Selected” URLs, it would be really useful.

  • Pravin Vibhute

    And I was thinking that I have managed to completely remove the not selected.

  • Serban Enache

    “Crawled pages” now contains selected + not selected so you still have this option. It was rephrased prob because everyone was asking how to identify the unselected files. Listing them would’ve been truly useful, but then webmasters would know “too much” about their sites.

  • Stacey Cavanagh

    This is really disappointing. Give us something useful then take it away again. #sulk

  • Pat Grady

    Some are confused, but most use it as a tool in different ways. Next up, G removes Geometry. :-)

  • Jawad Latif

    I also think it was useful in many ways.

  • Igniva Sol

    And I was waiting for more detailed link report showing redirecting, duplicate, not found etc. links… :)

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