Google Webmaster Tools Generating False HTTP Errors

Sep 17, 2008 • 8:08 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster Tools seems to be generating a lot of fake errors. About a month ago they fixed the false 404 errors and now this month, they are reporting false HTTP errors. Here is a screen capture of the overview report from my Webmaster Tools login area for this site:

Google Webmaster Tools

There are a dozen or so reports on this issue at Google Groups with others complaining about this issue. It worries webmasters to see this issue. For me, I just brushed it off, but I can see how it can really worry e-commerce sites and publishers.

JohnMu of Google has confirmed the issue, calling it just a reporting glitch that will be fixed shortly. He said:

This appears to be an issue in the reporting side of things in Webmaster Tools. As far as I know, the "General HTTP errors" should be gone soon :-). Thanks for bringing it to our attention, you guys are the greatest!!

True, the feedback in the groups is an invaluable tool for Google to improve and fix issues.

Forum discussion at Google Groups.

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Bruce Keener

09/17/2008 01:06 pm

I was one of the ones who pushed hard to get Google's attention on the false 404 issue, and was glad to see John Mu and others respond favorably with a fix. The false 404's actually resulted in some temporary de-indexing of some links for a lot of folks. So, I was disconcerted to see these "http errors" start showing up last week, so it is good to hear that a fix is on the way for these, too.

Dharmesh Shah

09/22/2008 04:45 am

Thanks for sharing this. So glad to hear it's not just me. :)

Zach McQueary

09/24/2008 01:29 pm

Same here. I'm getting rather frustrated with all these errors bouncing in and out of my dashboard. I'd bumble about on my robot.txt and .htaccess until I was blue in the face. Is this still something waiting to be fixed, or is this already addressed by Google, and I need to start turning blue again??


12/18/2008 05:11 pm

We r also facing the same problem with google unnecessary is blocking our site saying 227 HTTP errors as such there is no errors -- we r using licensed software from and they r also not able to fix this problem Suggestions r welcome


11/13/2009 06:01 am

Interesting but I've just seen these errors on my webmasters screen. And there are exactly 52 of them ??!! Is this still not resolved?

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