Google teased a new video indexing report in Google Search Console in May 2022, and the report began to roll out to some properties in July, according to the search company. The report is now fully operational for all properties where Google can detect video on the site, according to a tweet from the company.
What exactly is the video indexing report? The video indexing report displays the number of indexed pages on your site that contain one or more videos, as well as the number of those pages where a video could be indexed. The report, according to Google, can help you understand the performance of your videos on Google and identify potential areas for improvement.
This is how it appears. Here’s a screenshot of this report from Google Search Console for my sites:
Google’s announcement. Here’s the tweet from Google announcing this:
We have completed the roll out of the Search Console Video index report – if Google detects videos on your site, this report will appear on the left navigation bar in the coverage section. We hope this will help you understand how your videos perform on Search! 🧑💻 https://t.co/XfQO5q42md
— Google Search Central (@googlesearchc) August 22, 2022
When the report is available. According to Google, if Google detects videos on your site, the Video indexing report will appear in the coverage section on the left navigation bar. The report will not be displayed if Google has not detected a video on your website.
what it conveys. The report displays the current state of your website’s video indexing. It assists you in responding to the following queries:
- How many pages did Google find a video on?
- What videos were properly indexed?
- What problems are there that prohibit videos from being indexed?
Additionally, if you resolve a problem, you can utilise the report to confirm the fix and monitor how your revised video pages are reflected in the Google index, according to Google.
tool for URL inspection of video pages. Google has also improved the URL Inspection tool to let you verify a page’s progress for video indexing. If Google found a video on a page you were looking at, the following information would appear in the search results:
- Information like the URLs for the thumbnail and the video.
- The page’s status reveals whether or not the video was indexed.
- Issues that prohibit the video from being indexed are listed.
why we care If you host videos on your website or embed videos there, you should read this study to see if there are any methods to make those videos better or to make it easier for other videos to appear in Google Search. Videos play a significant role in search traffic and Google Search visibility.
Here is the video embed where Dikla Cohen begins to discuss this at 10 minutes and 53 seconds in: