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1:27 pm on Sep 7, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I just received a message in Google Search Console informing me of new feature

See which pages Google has indexed using the new “Index Status” report for http://www.example.com/

Discovering which of your web pages are on Google is not a simple task. In order to make this easier, we are testing a new report in Search Console that will show you which of your pages are on Google, which are not, and most importantly why. The new experience also lets you track the status of URLs you’ve submitted in a specific sitemap.

We encourage you to try out the new experience to see if all of your pages are on Google.


This sounds great! But the link directs me to page that throws a 403 Error. This is from within my account.
2:53 pm on Sept 7, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Just to update. The 403 Error was resolved after I was given access to new search console.

However, there are limited features available in the new SC. All that is available to me is the impressions graph that was previously shown in the search analytics report and this "index status" report.

The report seems like it could be valuable, but I am unsure on how to interpret the results. I see two categories "Indexed not submitted to site maps" and "indexed, low interest". It seems that the distinction between the two is that low interest pages are those that get few impressions and the other seem to be my higher traffic pages. So the question is is it low interest because it doesn't get traffic or the pages do not get traffic because they are of low interest (from Google's perspective)?

Edit: I found a link that explain all the functionalities of the report:
[support.google.com...]

It seems to have some pretty powerful information that should allow you to troubleshoot issue if there are any.
5:13 pm on Sept 7, 2017 (gmt 0)

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How absolutely fabulous. For years I've wished they would give this information: OK, fine, 453 pages are indexed. But which 453? (And how the heck can they not know?)

Would you care to speculate how you got picked for the early rollout? (Region, size of site, age of GSC account, other G### involvement such as AdThis or AdThat, existence of GA ...) I'm not seeing it yet, drat it all.
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I have no idea. I would have thought that it would be based on the size and traffic to the site. But I contacted someone I know with a large high traffic site and he didn't have access to it. So I am really not sure. Also, only one of my sites has access to this.
6:16 pm on Sept 8, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Out of the ~30 sites we look after, only one has it. Its the one with the largest index and traffic. i.e the largest site we are looking after. It also went through a recent redesign so everything is a little chaotic...(lots of 404's etc)