Google is still migrating aspects of the old Google Search Console to the new Google Search Console, even thought the process began back in 2017. The next thing to be fully migrated are the types of messages you would see in the message panel. Now “all messages” are visible in that message panel, Google announced on Twitter.
You won’t only see site issues such as enhancement report issues or other issues reported there, you will now also see spam reports, YouTube channel associations and every other kind of message you can get in Google Search Console. Google said “We’re happy to let you know that we finished the migration of all the messages into the new Search Console interface – look out for more user messages in the messages panel.”
Google primary sends out two message types:
(1) Property messages are sent to all appropriate users for a property (for example, a warning about a new indexing issue). The message panel contains all property messages sent in the past year, whether or not you had access to the property in Search Console during that time.
(2) User messages are sent only to a specific user (for example, if your permission level changes).
Both are now in this message panel. Here is what it looks like:
Note, the message panel was redesigned in 2019 to make things a bit faster to access.
Here is a GIF of it in action:
So now you can expect even more messages in that message panel.
Forum discussion at Twitter.
Google Sues Company That Scams Small Businesses By Impersonating Google
Google announced it has filed a lawsuit against “scammers who sought to defraud hundreds of small businesses by impersonating Google through telemarketing calls.” You know, the calls from “Google” asking you to claim your business or update your business information. Those calls are most likely, not from Google but from a fake company pretending to be Google to scam you out of money.
Google said that this company also “created websites advertising the purchase of fake reviews, both positive and negative, to manipulate reviews of Business Profiles on Google Search and Maps.”
He said some scammers have tried to abuse and profit from the free Google Business Profile tool “through deceptive and predatory practices.” Google said in 2021 Google had to stop more than 12 million attempts from bad actors to create fake Business Profiles and nearly 8 million attempts from bad actors to claim Business Profiles that didn’t belong to them.
So it filed this lawsuit (PDF) against GVerifier Technologies LLC d/b/a G Verifiers and
G Verifier Pro; GVerifier Softech Services LLC d/b/a G Verifiers and G Verifier Pro; Shri Hari
GoMarketin LLC d/b/a GHyper, GHyperlocal, and G Verifications; and Infinity GoMarketin LLC
d/b/a GHyper, GHyperlocal, and G Verifications. The suit says these defendants allegedly “make false and misleading statements about their identity, products, and supposed affiliation with Plaintiff Google LLC (“Google”) in order to maliciously exact payments and sell fake or worthless services.”
Local SEOs are happy about this because they are just tired of working with small businesses that get scammed by these companies.
Good to see Google hitting back against scammers. Small business owners need this help, and more.
— Amy Toman 🍁 AmyToman@seocommunity.social (@BubblesUp) November 30, 2022
— Joy Hawkins (@JoyanneHawkins) November 30, 2022
Forum discussion at Twitter.