Google announced the launch of a new URL Inspection Tool API which allows an outside app to interact with Google’s search console and provide URL inspection data.
The new API access will help SEOs and publishers discover more issues and debug problems with greater ease.
This also paves the way for expanded support from third-party tools in the future. Here’s everything you need to know about it and how it can help your business!
How URL Inspection Tool API Works
The URL inspection tool gives you useful information about URLs that Google has indexed. It contains information about indexing issues, as well as structured data and AMP failures.
The tool does not provide a mechanism to test a live URL, and the API does not provide that functionality.
Now let’s see what result the API gives when called:
1. Verdict – Verdict:
This works Whether the given URL is getting passed in the inspection tool or not
2. Coverage State:
What is the status of the page whether it is indexed, indexed with warnings, not currently found indexed, crawled currently not indexed, and whatever coverage status you will get from here?
3. Robots.txt State
This will indicate whether inspection URLs from robots.txt are allowed.
4. Indexing State:
Is indexing is allowed for that URL or not.
5. Last Crawl Time:
This will show the last time you crawled your URL.
6. Page Fetch State:
This indicates whether the Google bot captures your URL properly.
7. Google Canonical:
Which of the specified canonical URLs to be used by Google will appear here as you provided. That you can see here.
8. User Canonical:
You can see here which URL you make canonical and whether Google uses that URL as canonical here.
9. Referring URLs
Any URL you inspect using the API Inspection Tool will see how many links are referring to the URL.
10. Crawled As
You will see here whether Google has crawled your URL with a desktop bot or a smartphone bot.
11. Mobile Usability:
It will only report whether that URL is passing the mobile test or not.
12. Rich Result Result:
Now you are thinking that I wrote twice the wrong results but it is correct that Google is using twice.
In this URL you can see whether your URL is passing the Rich Result Test or not and also check what kind of Rich Result Google can show like breadcrumbs, review, job post, FAQ, etc. If you add schema data properly then google will show any rich result.
You can read one of our articles on how to add schema data to your website.
Sitemap information will not be provided in this API, which is strange, Google hasn’t announced about it, but maybe in the future, Google will also use sitemap data in this API inspection tool.
URL Inspection limitation
There is a daily quota of 2,000 total requests and a speed limit of 600 queries per minute, according to Google.
Nonetheless, the new URL Inspection Tool API allows for new ways to track the progress of a website’s SEO as well as find and solve problems. In the near future, the new capability should start to surface in tools and plugins.