Google’s URL inspection tool now displays the canonical URL discovered by Google. Google removes the info command, saying it was “relatively underutilized” and that the new URL inspection tool now provides users with much of this data.
The info command, used in a syntax such as info: searchengineland.com, returns the canonical URL of a specific URL that you entered using this info syntax. The URL inspection tool will now show you the canonical URL for a URL that you enter anyway. So Google said that the information order was no longer necessary.
Previously, the info command showed not only the canonical view of the URL, but also links to the cache, similar pages, links (which they also deleted), website pages and corresponding terms. Google deleted most of this data in November 2017.
- Before November 2017, it looked like this:
- After November 2017, it looked like this:
When is this happening? Soon, the info command will not return any results.
“We’ve also modified the URL inspection tool to show all the canonical information Google selects for a URL, not just the properties you manage in the search console. With this change, we also remove the info command. It was another way to discover the canonicals. It was relatively unused and the URL inspection tool provides a more comprehensive solution to help editors with URLs,”
Canonical section in the URL inspection tool. Now, when you run a URL in the URL inspection tool, user-declared canonics and Google-selected canons are displayed. The canonical option selected by Google is the URL selected by Google as the authoritative version of this page. Other versions may be shown in search results, depending on factors such as the user’s device type or language. This option is not available in the live test, as Google selects a canonical URL only after indexing a page.
Why it’s important Now, to see the URL that Google thinks is the canonical URL, you need to have verified access to the site in the Google search console and connect that URL to the URL inspection tool. Previously, you could use the info command in the public Google search field.
For more details, check out Google’s blog.