Oct 18, 2008 116 reads by Navneet Kaushal

Are you guys noticing some change in the Google Webmaster Tools?

After logging-in, you will notice that Google has removed the crawl date from the Home page! The field was grouped in the "Home Page Crawl" section.

Here is a before shot:

Last Crawl Date Removed  From Google- Webmaster Tools

So the news is that the field is gone!

Last Crawl Date Removed  From Google- Webmaster Tools

But the question now arises that: Why the date was removed?

Google's JohnMu gave his comments on this topic in a Google Groups thread, where he elaborated that the date was "frequently incorrect and not really that useful."

It has been really commendable that John has acted in an honest way in whatever he has to say on the whole issue.

John further explained:

“It's generally more useful to look at it on a page- by-page basis, which you can do best either in the Google Cache or by checking your server's logs. Usually there's not much need to check the exact date a page was crawled – it's more important to see that we're continually crawling and indexing the site in general.”

So the news is that the field is gone!

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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