Google removes Content Keywords report from Search Console

In a recent update, Google has removed Content Keywords report from Search Console. Earlier, content keywords report was the only way to see what Googlebot found when it crawled a website.

Content Keywords report was useful to see if Google was able to crawl your pages at all. Or if your site was hacked. Well, this was long ago, when Search Console was Webmaster tool.

Later, Google has introduced the Fetch and Render tool. This tool lets you see a visual representation of what Googlebot sees when it crawls your website. This provides more information to webmasters than what you can learn from keywords alone.

Google removes Content Keywords report from Search ConsoleAlso, Search analytics report shows “keywords”, for which your website appears in search results.

This is why Google has decided to retire Content Keywords report from Search Console.

Google reminds that Keywords still play an important role. This is how Google is able to understand and interpret your content.

“The words on your pages, the keywords if you will, are still important for Google’s (and your users’) understanding of your pages. While our systems have gotten better, they can’t read your mind. Be clear about what your site is about, and what you’d like to be found for.”

  • I found a far better way of finding out how your keywords look on a particular page is to run the page through – This produces a report showing a complete breakdown of the text on a page and the word density of all the words. This is particularly useful when trying to optimise ecommerce pages. The Content Keywords report was always to vague to be of real use.