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.”
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.
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