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Google Webmaster Tools has Message Center

Yet another accoutrement

     
11:17 pm on Jul 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hey, I just logged into my GWT account, and it says Message Center in the upper right corner.

No messages for 67 sites; I guess no news is good news?

Help message says this:

The message center provides a way for us to communicate important information to you regarding your Google webmaster tools account and the sites you manage. Our intent is to make it easy for you to receive important information associated with your sites.

Now, if they'd just fix a few little itsy bitsy other things...

11:39 pm on July 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Here's an official anouncement, with screenshots [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com]

Today we're launching our Message Center, a new way for webmasters to receive personalized information from Google in our webmaster console. Should we need to contact you, you'll see a notification in your Webmaster Tools dashboard.

Initially the messages will refer to search quality issues, but over time we'll use the Message Center as a communication channel for more types of information.

11:49 pm on July 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Great, I have no messages.
So, I continue to wonder why I have a 950 penalty!
12:26 am on July 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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This is a good sign, and fulfills the wish for better communication between siteowners and Google techies that many of us here have been expressing for the past year or more. If the messages we receive have meaningful information about our sites -- and not advertisements/promotions -- then I will be the first to sing Google's praise. A positive first step ... now let's see how it plays out.

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12:22 pm on July 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hopefully the message bit is just a first step.

That "Official Google Webmaster Help group", and I emphasize, "Official" is one of the most mismanaged messes I have ever seen.

To keep on topic, I will not expand on it here, but just emphasize that maybe Google will communicate through the new message system and not make it a mess like the "Official" Help Group.

7:03 pm on July 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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What a 170 billion dollar public company cannot afford a dedicated team of software engineers to answer some basic questions on Webmaster best practices....

Google Webmaster Help [groups.google.com]

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I'm not expecting them to tell me how to rank anyway.
That's about the only question I'd ask, in a roundabout way, and since they know that, they keep silent for the most part.

12:16 am on July 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The monolith is finally transmitting (& hopefully awaiting instructions). I'd venture to say that GoogleGuy injected a few thoughts on scalability. No more attn: Brandy/GG? :)

...[I] haven't yet seen this approach from the others. I think Google is getting it [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com].

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 1:08 am (utc) on July 20, 2007]
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