Google Removes Generic Rich Results Filter.
Google has announced that it is removing the filter aggregating statistics for all rich results in the Search Console‘s performance report. What this means, is that you will not be able to continue to see an aggregate of how your rich results are performing.
However, the company says that the generic rich results search look is no longer necessary, as there are now individual filters for most rich result types, and as they realize that grouping data for rich results are not ideal, as each type may have significantly different behavior.
As per the company this filter is going away on August 1, 2021, both within the Google Search Console interface and API. So, it means that after August 1st, you will no longer see a search appearance filter for “rich results”. However, you will be able to continue to see specific rich result types that your site qualifies for under the search appearance filter.
The Google Search Console actually does supports now 19 types of search appearance in performance reports. So, let's say if a site is eligible for more than one type of rich result, then as per the company, combining all the impression data into a single metric may not actually be that useful for the site owner. Hence, the reason for taking this step.
Besides Google made it clear that the removal of the search appearance does not affect traffic in any way; it is only a reporting change.
Hence, the site owners will not lose any data, and the performance report in Search Console will continue to provide data on individual rich result types in their own breakout rows.
In addition, the company also said that it will keep adding more rich result types to Search Console. So, if the generic rich results filter is getting removed, you should not think that the tool will stop reporting on specific rich results. The company hopes that the reports will continue being a source of insights for the users.