New Google Webmaster Tools Crawl Errors Confuses

Mar 13, 2012 • 8:49 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

Google Webmaster toolsLast night, Google announced a huge revamp to the Google Webmaster Tools crawl errors section. The main changes include new reports, changes to the levels of details, removing some errors, and the ability to mark something as fixed.

Overall, design-wise, it does look more appealing but from what I am reading in the forums, it seems the new reports and clean up seem to confuse more webmasters then help them. In addition, there is a language bug floating around on some people's accounts that isn't helping - Google is actively working on fixing that bug.

There are few people outside of Google that know Google Webmaster Tools as well as Vanessa Fox (she did work at Google and built the product while there) and she shared her disappointment with this "upgrade" at Search Engine Land. So definitely read her review.

Here are some of the new screens:

Site Wide Errors:

Google Webmaster Tools Crawl Errors - Site Errors

URL Specific Errors:

Google Webmaster Tools Crawl Errors - URL Errors

Report Filters:

Google Webmaster Tools Crawl Errors - Report Filters

Error Details:

Google Webmaster Tools Crawl Errors - Error Details

Details - Links To:

Google Webmaster Tools Crawl Errors - Error Details Links

Marked As Fixed:

Google Webmaster Tools Crawl Errors - Marked As Fixed

If you read through the forums, you get the impression of a "wow this is cool" and then a follow up with, "oh - where can I get this old report I relied on in the past."

I assume Google will listen to this feedback and improve the reporting going forward.

Forum discussion Google Webmaster Help, Google+, WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

Googler

03/13/2012 03:26 pm

"Vanessa Fox (she did work at Google and built the product while there) and she shared her disappointment with this "upgrade"" Vanessa should realize that she no longer works at Google, and be more gracious with her comments.

Vanessa Fox

03/14/2012 12:06 am

It's unfortunate that you interpret my fair and honest analysis as being ungracious.

Barry Schwartz

03/14/2012 12:07 am

Who said that?

Vanessa Fox

03/14/2012 12:09 am

Not you, Barry. :)

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