Search Console

Check if a static site is moved correctly

The lazy person’s guide to confirming that a move to a static site worked. Overview: Download all relevant URLs from Search Console Convert download to a URL list Check for http to https redirects Check for valid final URLs Download all relevant URLs I’m picking one approximate source of truth - the URLs that received impressions in Google Search. This list doesn’t need to be comprehensive, just something more than I’d manually pick.

Indexing email confirmation links

Every now and then I hear from someone who accidentally got a bunch of email addresses indexed as parameters to some script on their site. There’s sometimes an easy solution to that, which will (temporarily!) take care of it fairly quickly: If there’s a common part of the path that identifies these URLs, use a “directory” URL removal request in Search Console (verify ownership first). For example, you can submit “email.