Monday, March 28, 2022
In short: We're deprecating the URL Parameters tool in Search Console in 1 month. There's no action required from the current users of the tool.
When the URL Parameters tool launched in
2009 in Search Console's
predecessor, Webmaster Tools, the internet was a much wilder place than it is today.
SessionID parameters were very common, CMSes had trouble organizing parameters, and
browsers often broke links. With the URL Parameters tool, site owners had granular control over
how Google crawled their site by specifying how certain parameters affect the content on their
Over the years, Google became much better at guessing which parameters are useful on a site and which are —plainly put— useless. In fact, only about 1% of the parameter configurations currently specified in the URL Parameters tool are useful for crawling. Due to the low value of the tool both for Google and Search Console users, we're deprecating the URL Parameters tool in 1 month.
Going forward you don't need to do anything to specify the function of URL parameters on your site, Google's crawlers will learn how to deal with URL parameters automatically.
If you need more control, you can use
robots.txt rules (for example, you can specify
parameter orders in an
allow rule) or use
hreflang to specify
language variations of content.
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