Google Search Preview Tool to support search live coverage carousel previews - and perhaps more
Sometime in the past couple of days this text has been added to the little-known "Google Search Preview Tool" support page.https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6398748
"You can use the preview tool to validate both your AMP page and structured data markup for the Google live coverage pilot. A successful test with the preview tool should display your content in a block labeled Happening Now.
The tool currently does not validate your use of other Google pilot services."
"The live coverage pilot is currently available to a small number of publishers for testing. Refer to the Search live coverage pilot overview for more details on this feature."
I haven't been able to verify that this functionality is live now, but then again I was only able to try this with the structured data and AMP code listed on the "Articles" data type page (http://bit.ly/2a5mvlb
). Perhaps there are additional requirements provided to publishers involved in the pilot.
I say the Google Search Preview Tool is "little known" because there's only a link generated to it after
you click on the "PREVIEW" link that comes up in the Structured Data Testing Tool when you run preview-eligible code through it (currently, AFAIK, still limited to the data types Recipes and Movies). As per the screenshot, the Preview Tool support page is actually noindex,nofollow.
I'm not entirely sure if this is new, but one way or another the Preview Tool itself now has a number of data types listed in a menu at the top of the Tool page:
AFAIK none of these are live (I played around with code for News and Videos in the Testing Tool but these, at least, did not generate a "PREVIEW" link as valid Recipe and Movie code finally does.
Will Google eventually support previews for these different data types? One can only suspect so, given the menu (and maybe the Search Preview support page will then be follow'd and linked from an upper level page).
If anyone has seen any of these other previews, I'd love to hear about it!
Finally, in checking this out I discovered that the "Early Access and partner-only features" has a number of menu items that aren't yet active, but that I think we can expect to see in the near future (fairly sure these aren't new, but one way or another they're dead links).https://developers.google.com/search/pilot/open/
* Data Feeds
* Service Web
The "Live Coverage" link also returns a 404, but I think this may be an oversight on Google's part simply insofar as they didn't update the menu link.
Live page (200):https://developers.google.com/search/pilot/open/live-coverage
Linked page (404)https://developers.google.com/search/pilot/live-coverage/
(Yes, I tried adding "/open/" to each of the linked URLs, but aside from Live Coverage they still 404'd:).
I expect we'll see more information on these phantom preview options and phantom links sometime in the future.
I'm especially curious to see that the "Service Web" pilot relates to - and I wonder if the "Data Feeds" refers to the "Science Datasets" pilot that surfaced a few days ago (http://bit.ly/2dfIljL