SouthAmericaLiving - 2:50 pm on Jun 6, 2011 (gmt 0)
There is no such thing as 'honesty' when talking to a machine. This is a damn machine. I would not recommened setting up GWMT, don't make it easy for a poor paid reviewer to punish all of your sites one day if you make something like a 'mistake' in their eyes so here you go,
I have found GWMT to be helpful (though you are more experienced, my site only a year young) such as giving me messages when my site was down (glitches on web hosting side) - yet have some concerns as to how much you can 'trust' data from GWMT.
I fixed crawl errors over four months ago - now GWMT is showing the same crawl error on the pages that were corrected (URL missing the [)...] dating the error back to November 8th, 2010. And claiming the crawl error data was updated on April 8th, 2011.
What the h**? So Google is crawling my site every 5 months or so?
And I did check way back when after updates, to see that the errors were cleared on my webmaster tools account.
They have now reappeared - though, of course, are still 'fixed' on my site, not actual errors.
Lovely. So maybe having a GWMT account can give you some insight into the workings of 'the machine' - and valuable ones at that.