We've been tracking the big AMP crawl error and AMP issues in search over the past week. Yesterday Google confirmed it was a bug on their end and said they would fix it. Today they documented the issue on their data anomalies page and RankRanger is showing AMP content coming back in the search results this morning.Here is what Google posted:January 23:Some users may see elevated error levels of type "Crawl Issue" on their AMP URLs due to a processing error on our side. The issue is now fixed and error counts should return to their actual levels within few days.Here are my errors in Search Console:Here is the RankRanger chart showing it coming back:Forum discussion at Twitter. … [Read more...] about Google AMP Crawl Error Bug Fix Is Here
Google told us earlier that two News publisher features is going away. Specifically the ability to highlight mobile apps in the Google News Publisher Center and News crawl error tool on Search Console. Well, when we reported it and days after as well, the News crawl error tool on Search Console was still there.Now, as of today, you can no longer see your crawl errors in Google Search Console specific to news sites.Here is a screen shot now:Here is what it looked like a couple weeks ago:I should note, the Google News Publisher Center mobile apps section is still there, for now.I suspect the normal crawl errors work fine for most issues but the news specific issues are gone. As I covered at Search Engine Land weeks ago, those specific errors included these errors Article disproportionately short, Article fragmented, Article too long, Article too short, Date not found, Date too old, Empty article, Extraction failed, No sentences found, Off-site redirect, Page too large, Title not … [Read more...] about Google Search Console Crawl Errors For News Publishers Gone
Today, the Microsoft Live Search Webmaster Center is launching its first major update since its initial debut last fall. The Live Search Webmaster Center is Microsoft’s hub for their communication with site owners, and the tools portion of that center now has new crawl issues reports, backlinks data, and download functionality. The Webmaster Center was first announced at Searchification in September and launched in November 2007 with a blog, discussion forum, and set of tools that give site owners insight into Microsoft’s crawl and indexing of their sites. Below, more details about what’s launched today and how site owners can use the new data. The evolving relationship between search engines and site owners Until a few years ago, the relationship between search engines and site owners was fairly limited. Site owners could block pages with robots.txt and otherwise hoped for the best. In 2005 Google and Yahoo! launched separate feed submission programs, as well as … [Read more...] about Live Search Webmaster Center Gains Crawl Error And Backlinks Reports
Google has just revamped the crawl errors data available in webmaster tools. Crawl errors are issues Googlebot encountered while crawling your site, so useful stuff! I originally started this article by writing that in most cases, these changes are for the better and in only a few (really maddening) cases, useful functionality has been removed. But now that I’ve gone through the changes, I unfortunately need to revise my summary. This update is mostly about removing super useful data, masked by a few user interface changes. (And I hate to write that, because webmaster tools is near and dear to my heart.) Update 3/17/12:After talking with Google, I’ve learned that most of what I was disappointed to find had been removed and that I feel is useful detail for power users is in fact still available through the API! I’ve dug into the details and have written up my findings. I’ve also updated this story with additional details from Google: URL errors are … [Read more...] about Google Webmaster Tools Revamps Crawl Errors, But Is It For The Better?
Any SEO professional will tell you that server errors (defined as status codes in the 5xx range) on one’s website should be minimized. Generally speaking, if a page cannot be accessed by a search engine, it cannot be accessed by a user. Though server downtime is sometimes necessary to implement fixes and update websites, be sure to handle server downtime properly and serve a 503 response — but not for too long. But how exactly do server errors impact a site’s search engine optimization? What effects, if any, do server errors have on search engine visibility and rankings? In early 2015, the effects of a fresh index began to emerge. Our team collected data on 5xx errors and evaluated keyword rankings. The impacts were startling, specifically with 500 Internal Server Errors and 503 Service Unavailable Errors. When a 500 response was encountered, the page could immediately drop from ranking. When a 503 response was encountered, the impacts were not immediate, and the 503 … [Read more...] about A Super Fresh Google Index? Server Errors & Rankings Impacts