Google Search indexes videos from millions of different sites so that people can easily find and watch them. More and more people are making and watching videos on the web. Search Console is adding a new report called “Video indexing report” to help you understand how well your videos do on Google and find ways to make them better. This change will happen slowly over the next few months, so you might not notice any difference right away.
Video Index Report
At Google I/O yesterday, Google announced a new report coming to Google Search Console named the video page indexing report.
If Google finds a video on your site Social Graphic, a video index report will show up in the coverage section’s left navigation bar. You won’t see the report if Google doesn’t find the video on your website.
The report shows how your site’s videos are being indexed. It will help you figure out how to answer the questions below.
Did Google find the video on how many pages? Which videos have been indexed correctly? What are the problems that make it hard to index videos?
Also, if you are fixing a problem that already exists, you can use the report to confirm that the problem is fixed and see how the video page was updated in Google Index.
Please keep in mind that this report isn’t the same as the Video Rich Results Report. The report talked about in today’s post doesn’t show that the Video Structured Data item is correct because it’s about video indexing, not about the Video Structured data. The Video Rich Results report stays the same and still shows which Video Structured data items on your site are valid or not.
Inspect a specific video page
In addition to the new report, the URL inspection tool has been updated so that you can now see the status of a page’s video indexing report. If Google finds a video on a page when you look at it, the results will look like this:
Details like URLs for videos and thumbnails. Status of the page that shows if the video is indexed. A list of problems that make it hard to index videos.
This doesn’t apply to live inspections, which only show whether or not the video was found on the page being inspected, not whether or not it was indexed.
We hope that the new tools will help you figure out why your videos aren’t showing up in search results and help you find and fix problems. Check out our Video Best Practices Guide to learn more about the best ways to index videos.