Google Author Stats Goes Missing From Webmaster Tools

Apr 17, 2012 • 7:59 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Author Stats LinkMysteriously, the link in Google Webmaster Tools to author stats has been removed.

Author Stats was introduced in December 2011 as a way to give authors a way to tracking impressions and clicks on their stories via Google Webmaster Tools.

Here is one of the reports given to authors:

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Now when you open up Google Webmaster Tools and clicks on the side bar navigation to see the various tools and reports, "author stats" seems to be no where found.

A WebmasterWorld thread spotted the issue last night. I am sure it is just temporary although, this feature never worked properly for me anyway.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

Update: Google's Pierre Far responded to me on Google+ about this issue saying it was removed. He said:

We've currently disabled the experimental Author stats feature in Webmaster Tools Labs as we work to fix a bug in the way stats are attributed.

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Asad wahab

04/17/2012 01:24 pm

Feels like Google is going to integrate it into ranking factors, that's why they removed it.

Steven Godlewski

04/17/2012 02:10 pm

I saw my stats yesterday morning and they were gone in the afternoon.  I thought it was just me.  Thanks for the post.

Scott Boyd

04/17/2012 02:30 pm

It was buggy for ages and wasn't well integrated into the main navigation, etc.  Could be it's been removed as a precursor to an overhaual.

Keith Horwood

04/19/2012 08:30 am

Could become part of analytics or a full feature. 

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