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Many will say "it's better than nothing" and I understand what they mean, but the tools themselves are erratic and the reporting is often flawed or long out of date. "Data is not available at this time" is hardly worth logging in for, and I too currently suffer from the bug mentioned above (which makes a change from the recent logout errors and verification problems).
I have no objection to Google collecting my data in exchange for a free service, but I suspect there may be more in it for them than there is for me, and while it is reassuring to see my main site still reported in the top ten for its primary keyword, any member of the public who actually searches for it will find it has been languishing on page seven for the past week.
I almost feel sorry for Google - until I remember how much money they have.
Example: I had a project to ceate a search feature on a site using thier search API. The client wanted some advanced features not compatable with the base API, so I rewrote the thing. Benchmark shows a 68% increase in speed, all output generated at the DOM level, and compliant with more browsers than their original code.
I see more css and Dom level errors on Google pages than almost any other.
I think they hire too many graduates with no practical experience, just like so many other corps.
The errors above are not very frustrating because they can easily be recognized! But what about all the others very hard to detect? The ext/int links, the results of the site-command, etc,?
The Next link in GWT > Links takes you back to the list of pages with links rather than showing you the next page of links
Yes. Same for me.
But it only affects viewing links to my home page. Presumably it thinks you haven't selected any page to examine.
You can hack the url to get what you want....
Go to your first page of backlinks and instead of clicking the erroneous next button just tag this onto the end of the URL in your address bar:
where x is the BL number you want to start from
But those with less than 100 links, it seems to work OK.
I posted the issue on Googles Webamster Help Forum a week ago, of which I presumed those from Google read.
But no one has replied to it.
I have to convert to excel to read.
You can do that with almost all Google services. I believe your preference is stored in a cookie somewhere, by adding that you're just overriding the setting.
Would bite, wouldn't it, if the whole PR update has been put on hold while they were re-designing GWT? :)