Google Search Console URL Inspection Tool showing multiple referring pages
It looks like Google is now showing multiple reference pages for certain URLs in Google Search Console’s URL Inspection Tool. Amy @ amy91485 noticed it and Glenn Gabe thinks it’s new too. I spotted up to four different reference pages in this tool now.
Here’s what it looks like (click to enlarge):
Here are those tweets:
Hey, thanks! I’m glad you found the cases helpful. They were super interesting to work with.
And I think you’re right… I saw this today and didn’t really think about it. But I don’t remember seeing multiple referral URLs before. I will check some things now. pic.twitter.com/WDqjFd3dt3
—Glenn Gabe (@glenngabe) January 15, 2021
Of course, there can be tons and tons of landing pages to a specific URL on your site. A referral page is the page that Google uses to discover the URL.
A landing page according to Google help docs is:
A page that Google may have used to discover this URL. The referring page can link directly to this URL, or it can be a grandparent or great-grandparent of a page that links to this URL. If this value is missing, it does not mean that no referring page exists, just that this information may not be available to the URL Inspection tool at this time. If you see “The URL may be known from other sources that are not currently reported”, it means that Google found this URL by means other than a sitemap or referring page, but the referring information are currently not available for this tool.
So Google can show you not just one way to discover the URL, but several.
In my example above, you can see that Google says it discovered this page from two of my RSS feed URLs, and then two other webpage URLs on this site. Most of the time, at least for new pages, you see “None detected”. But if you wait long enough, Google can now show you several referral pages here.
Update: Google’s Daniel Waisberg has confirmed that it’s new:
Yes, this was released as part of the index coverage update earlier this week. Enjoy! 🎁
— Daniel Waisberg (@danielwaisberg) January 15, 2021
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