Google has updated the Google Search Console user and permissions management feature to incorporate functionality related to ownership and user management. These features were in the old Google Webmaster Tools and has finally been brought over to the current version of Google Search Console.
What is new. Google added to Google Search Console’s user and permissions management these features:
- Distinguishing between verified and delegated owners
- Easier, immediate removal of verified owners (no need to remove their ownership token)
- Ability to change delegated owners’ permissions levels (owner, full, restricted)
- Ability to see your property’s verification tokens for all current and previous users and specifically see tokens leftover by previous owners
- Ownership events history
What it looks like. Here is a screenshot Google shared in its blog post of this updated management interface:
Permission best practices. Google also posted some best practices around permission and user rights, including:
- Only give the level of access needed for that individual to do his or her work
- Update or revoke that access when that individual no longer needs access
- Regularly audit and update permissions through the users and permissions page in Search Console
- Use the share link to share reports on a one-off-basis
Why we care. With these permission updates, you will have a bit more control on who has access to what areas of your Search Console profiles. Make sure to “review the leftover ownership tokens so that removed owners cannot regain access to the property,” Google said. Also, make sure to review the new help documentation and permission levels to learn what levels give what access.
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Barry Schwartz a Contributing Editor to IXLCenter.io and a member of the programming team for SMX events. He owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry can be followed on Twitter here.