Jul 16, 2012 113 reads by Navneet Kaushal

Google has announced that it will now give out crawl error alerts in Google Webmaster Tools. Google will give out alerts for site errors as well as URL errors.

Site Error alerts

These alerts will cover numerous errors that the Googlebot comes across when crawling your site. The webmasters will be made aware of the overall crawl error connection rate for their site as well as a link to the best suited Webmaster Tools section to see the date more closely.

As Google says, “Site Errors represent an inability to connect to your site, and represent systemic issues rather than problems with specific pages. Here are some issues that might cause Site Errors:

  • Your DNS server is down or misconfigured.
  • Your web server itself is firewalled off.
  • Your web server is refusing connections from Googlebot.
  • Your web server is overloaded, or down.
  • Your site’s robots.txt is inaccessible.”

Google Webmaster Tools Now Provides Crawl Error Alert!

URL Error Alerts

These alerts are of “potentially less critical issues”. As per Google, an alert will be sent if they spot an increase in any of these five categories of errors:

  • Server error
  • Soft 404
  • Access denied
  • Not found
  • Not followed

Google will alert about URL errors when number of pages with 404 errors reaches 500 or 1,000.

Google Webmaster Tools Now Provides Crawl Error Alert!

What do you think of these new alerts? Do share your views.

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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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