New report for indexed videos

On day two of Google’s annual I/O conference, the company previewed new reports coming to Search Console that will provide more video data.

To help track and diagnose video indexing, Google will soon be adding new datasets to Search Console.

Currently, Google Search Console only flags videos for structured data.

If you post videos on your site and mark them with structured data, you can use Search Console to check if the markup is valid and how many impressions a video has received.

Soon, you’ll be able to use Search Console to check the indexing status of videos and the landing pages they appear on.

Video Page Indexing Report

The first step in indexing videos is to index the landing page where the video appears.

Next, Google needs to recognize that there is a prominent video on the page and extract key information about it.

A new Video Page Indexing The report in Search Console will show a summary of all indexed pages found by Google along with a video.

At a glance, you’ll see how many landing pages a video was detected on and whether Google was able to index the videos it found.

The report will provide details such as URLs of affected video pages. You will be able to download a list of examples and check them out.

With this, you can narrow down the details and figure out what’s going on and how to fix the issues.

Like other Search Console reports, this report will have a Commit Fix button to notify Google that an issue has been resolved.

Check video indexing status

You will be able to check the indexing status of a video by entering the URL of the landing page in the URL inspection tool.

This will show you the current status of the URL, as well as the page’s video indexing status. You’ll see if Google detected a video on the page and if it was able to index the video.

Note that Google only indexes one video per page even if there are multiple videos on the page.

In summary

With the new report, you will be able to:

  • See how many video landing pages Google has discovered and how many of them a video has indexed.
  • Investigate the reasons for unindexed videos in video landing pages.
  • Use the list of affected video page URLs to debug and troubleshoot.
  • Commit the fix to start a new crawl of known affected URLs.
  • Check the video indexing status of a specific video page using the URL Inspection tool.

Source: Google Search Center


Featured image: Screenshot from YouTube.com/GoogleSearchCentral, May 2022.