Google is saying goodbye to the old Google Search Console. In a post on the official Google Webmaster blog and a tweet, they said that from “now on, if you try to access the old homepage or dashboard you’ll be redirected to the relevant Search Console pages.” So, essentially this is a goodbye to the old Google Search Console, as many of the reports that we’ve been accustomed to over the years are going away. The information isn’t going away, though, as the data has been moved over to an equivalent report on the new Google Search Console.
Legacy Google Search Console Reports
As explained in their blog post, there are reports that are not going away. Some legacy reports are still going to be available, and there is a list of these report (and links to the reports here).
Disavow Tool is Not Going Away
What I first looked for on the list of legacy reports and tools, is whether or not the Google Disavow Tool was listed there. And the disavow tools is not listed on the list of legacy reports or tools. It’s just not something that they’re linking to. That was pretty confusing, at least for me, as I thought that the Google Disavow Tool was previously a part of the old Google Search Console. However, at some point they removed it from the old Google Search Console. So, it’s just a tool that is available, but they don’t necessary want website owners using it, so they don’t really publicize it or link to it from the Search Console.
Since the disavow tool was not included in the list of legacy reports or tools, then I originally thought that it perhaps was going away.
In a tweet response to the question I had for John Mueller, he responded, saying that the Google Disavow Tool is not going away:
No, it's not on that list since it's not linked from the UI (like it hasn't been before). Most people don't need it, we don't want them to think it's something they have to do, so it's not in the UI of the main tools.
— ? John ? (@JohnMu) September 9, 2019
So, the official word from Google’s John Mueller is that the Google Disavow Tool is not going away. Google doesn’t really want website owners to think it’s something that they have to do, so it’s not included in the UI of the main tools.