Google Author Stats Goes Missing From Webmaster Tools

Apr 17, 2012 • 7:59 am | comments (4) by | 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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