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Many Strange Reports in Google Webmaster Tools - Sitemaps and Stats

 6:56 am on Nov 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

As of midnight Friday, G Sitemap tools is showing "no pages are indexed" for 11 domains that were just fine Friday afternoon. A site: search returns the same miserable results I've had all week after getting whacked in this latest data push.

A momentary freaky bug? A Saturday maintenance bump? Or a sign that a major reindexing is taking place?

Any thoughts?



 10:57 am on Nov 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yesterday when i checked out google sitemap tool, i noticed some changes.

Crawl rate already shows me in graphic how google had crawled my site in December.

Page with the highest PageRank has changed and shows
although googlebot is filtered not to see sessions and if it goes to page with session server will return 404 error. This filter is up from start of November.

[edited by: tedster at 7:38 pm (utc) on Nov. 26, 2006]


 10:17 am on Nov 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone tell me why google says I have like 350 urls, that it can't find?

Well Ofcourse it can't find those urls cause thay have never existed!

Also how come it indexes old OLD. pages that haven't been there for a year?!

anyone can help me with this mess?!


[edited by: tedster at 7:38 pm (utc) on Nov. 26, 2006]


 7:48 pm on Nov 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Reports of bad information in GWT are rolling in right now. Clearly, there are technical problems on the backend at Google - at least for some sites.

In this thread - [webmasterworld.com...] - bad common words were being taken from a previous owner's version of the site. It looks like GWT is tapping into historical data at the moment, at least for some site owners.


 2:03 am on Nov 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the heads up Tedster.


 4:53 pm on Nov 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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checked the crawl rate in google's webmaster tools this morning. The crawl rate graphs show Dec. info, although we are not yet through Nov. Anyone else seeing this?

[edited by: tedster at 8:10 pm (utc) on Nov. 27, 2006]


 6:58 pm on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I can't figure out the Query Stats in Google Sitemaps.

I have a site that the Query Stats says is appearing for various searches, but I can never find the site in the Google serps (across multiple datacenters) for any of the search phrases it is supposedly ranking for.

Anyone know why this is?

[edited by: tedster at 7:24 pm (utc) on Nov. 30, 2006]


 2:36 pm on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Something IS going on for sure, SERPS are all over the place as well. I had the same thing last night and had to re-verify as well. I have, mostly, #1 SEPRS for everything I want and none of that has changed, but that was weird and really made me wonder what was going on, low and behold everyone in here is talking about it so I KNOW it wasn't just me being goofy then.

They are DEFINITELY doing some shifting on SERPS though, without a doubt...I have seen some really weird things going on with them. Also, have noticed they seem to be stopping the use of dance tools, etc....anyone else notice those dance tools are not working right these last few days?


 3:05 pm on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yea, we are seeing no pages indexed in our webmaster panel today. Guess its still pulling some historical data?


 6:20 pm on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

My sites we're showing this a few days ago and its back to normal. Something is definitely going on since the data refresh of Nov. 28th. I had a site removed from the sandbox only to get put back in after what seemed to be a revert.


 6:39 pm on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yea yesterday I logged in and it said my site had NEVER been verified. Geeze... it's been verified since November of last year! Then it said none of our pages were in teh index... I about had a heart attack.


 6:56 pm on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Vanessa Fox has explained [webmasterworld.com] that scary message:

You're seeing this activity now because last month, we started rechecking verification a little more often than before.

But it does seem like a better message in GWT would be a good idea. Tech people tend not to appreciate the end effect of their automated "communications". Like I said at Pubcon, "Don't let the tech staff write your copy".


 7:07 pm on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

tedster wrote:
Don't let the tech staff write your copy

That was likely one of the best pieces of advice anyone could have given Google. Warning messages and notifications can scare the crud out of a webmaster if they aren't written properly.

I think a "We're updating our information right now, please check back again in a few hours after things have a chance to settle" would be better than a message that no pages are indexed, or that the site needs to be verified.


 11:27 pm on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Bewenched - we have the same thing; first "please verify" then "not in index"

We lost Google referral traffic Oct 21, back 28 days later, lost it all again on the 2nd Dec.

Beginning to wonder if the tools are worth looking at - especially when the crawl errors seem to be to URL's that do not exist!

added: or maybe inbound links are incorrect...


 1:42 am on Dec 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

My Webmaster Tools is showing "not in index" for my site right now, and it has shown this all day. I read somewhere that this could happen when Google is adjusting your page rank, changing pages from supplemental to regular index or vice versa, etc., and that when everything is finished the "not in index" message goes away.

Seems like a very user unfriendly way of going about it, but they know best, right?


 4:23 am on Dec 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It says that we have no pages indexed in Google however I see many pages and we havent done anything that would cause an issue. Is this a bug in the tools or should I be worried?

[edited by: tedster at 4:41 am (utc) on Dec. 9, 2006]
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 5:43 am on Dec 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

The tools show crawl errors from URLs that do not exist. I have several hundred showing up now. The number showing has gone up and down without any rhyme or reason that I can see..


 9:05 am on Dec 9, 2006 (gmt 0)


We had incoming link errors showing in Webmaster Tools, if you use Yahoo SiteExplorer you can find the source of the link as long as Yahoo has the offending source page indexed.


 9:41 am on Dec 9, 2006 (gmt 0)


Your comment is most appreciated.

The pages do not show when I use that tool.

We had used the blogger system to publish a news service and news feed.

My people followed their instructions and put the system on our server.

That turned out to be a mistake. It caused all sorts of duplicate content problems.

We deleted everything from the server and cancelled the blog.

It was replaced by another publishing system recommended by someone on this board.

We cannot find the URLs anywhere.

But it appears that some of the data is still somewhere in the google system.


 11:06 am on Dec 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

hmm, Google referencing it's own cache instead of checking for updated content?


 11:16 am on Dec 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Maybe. It looks like it.

But I am willing to be proven wrong. That way I could identify the problem and work on solving it.

I do not want to fall into the "It's Google's fault" trap. So I keep looking.


 2:14 pm on Dec 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

So, I a still seeing things in the webmaster console. Man, google really picks the worse time of the year to play with some buttons.


 2:22 pm on Dec 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm getting sites that were previously verified saying they need to be re-verified and when I do it ain't working, hmmmmm, can you say it's gonna be a long holiday season or the project managers sleeping on this one?


 4:30 pm on Dec 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Also getting "No pages in index" for all sites. So many of us seeing this it has to be a simple glitch.


 6:18 pm on Dec 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Same here. All site, no index. Almost got a heart attack.


 7:28 pm on Dec 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

I noticed a message stating site pending verification, so I requested verification and got the message "we are temporally experiencing problems..."

Also shows no pages in index.

Also noticed eval.google.com results showing up in google.com. I know the results returned depend on which datacenter is used, but this the first time I have noticed that the results mirror one another.


 7:41 pm on Dec 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Just did a keyword search on some of my dominate keywords, also looked at the logs. They are the same. The "no sites in the index" is some sort of tech glitch only imo


 4:50 pm on Dec 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

Update: We are now back to a

" Pending verification
Last attempt Dec 10, 2006: The system is currently busy. We will process this verification as soon as possible. Please check back later for an updated status"


Was verified OK yesterday.....


 5:03 pm on Dec 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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We have been running a site for almost 8 months now and we have done most things correctly, certainly nothing to violate google guidelines, but we have made adjustments along the way to improve ourselves while we are in the 'sandbox'. We have 2000 pages so far, 1200 of which are cached by google, but 1100 of which are in the supps. We have not ranked for anything other than our page name and some very random off topic phrases that appear in our news results. Now, all of a sudden there is this message in our Webmaster Tools at Google that is worrying the heck out of us. Can someone please tell me if this is new, if this is a statement that is admitting there is a sandbox, or if this message is an old message and I just never caught any info about it. Thanks.

"No pages from your site are currently included in Google's index. Indexing can take time. You may find it helpful to review our information for webmasters and webmaster guidelines."

[edited by: tedster at 6:17 pm (utc) on Dec. 12, 2006]


 8:59 pm on Dec 12, 2006 (gmt 0)


This problem has been fixed for me for now. Didn't do anything. However look at the thread for December 7 index problem.

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