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Jul 22nd, 2012, 04:08 PM
Unnatural links warnings - what if you don't have webmaster tools?
Let's say you own a site and don't have Google webmaster tools installed. Your traffic plummets and you want to know if you have received a manual warning from Google. If you set up webmaster tools will the warning be in there?
(Forget the complication of the latest link warnings potentially being bogus...I just want to know if you can still see a warning if you install webmaster tools *after* the warnings were given out.)
Jul 22nd, 2012, 04:35 PM
I've never seen one post-facto.
I know that adding a user after the fact does not allow them to see old messages.
Jul 22nd, 2012, 04:56 PM
Thanks, good to know.
Originally Posted by jsteele823
I wonder if they'll change it now though - to help new site owners to "not necessarily... need to worry...".
Jul 22nd, 2012, 08:26 PM
You are stuffed... I would imagine the amount of websites that use webmaster tools is tiny. Add to this those people that set it up but never use it and I would imagine the total people that ever get the message would be less than 1 or 2 % of websites...
Originally Posted by Dr.Marie
Live the moment
Jul 22nd, 2012, 08:33 PM
I just checked my WMT Messages and about cried... there was a high priority message waiting for me. Much to my relief it was another major problem that have no penalties involved.
Googlebot attempted to access my hompage 85 times yesterday (crawls me a lot I guess) without success. They list a bunch of potential causes... None fit my environment. I ran a Google Fetch and Googlebot did not have a problem following that command, i.e. the site is accessible by Googlebot.
I hate shadows of problems... Anyone ever have Googlebot not being able to access and just have the problem go away?
Jul 22nd, 2012, 10:59 PM
this happened to me a long time ago when my server went down for a few minutes but i guess it was when the bot wanted to see it. i don't think it tried 85 times, though, mr. popular!
Originally Posted by SEO_AM
Jul 22nd, 2012, 11:13 PM
Google did not give a time or anything else. I guess we will have to go through the logs for the full day to find out what was happening when Googlebot came to visit. The only thing I can think of is to see if our server was overloaded at those times. We had no indication of any problems at all. The site was up all day with no down time.
Jul 23rd, 2012, 08:19 AM
Ugh. That sucks. When I went to my WMT I had one message and I could feel my heart rate rising...but it turned out I had a domain with an outdated WP install. That was a nice surprise and easy to fix.
I just checked my WMT Messages and about cried...
I have had messages in WMT in the past about a possible outage with my site. In my case though, it looks like I did have some server downtime.
Hope you get things sorted out!
Jul 23rd, 2012, 09:01 AM
I believe once Google spider has scrolled the site they will send you a warning if they detect anything wrong with the site.
Originally Posted by Dr.Marie
Jul 23rd, 2012, 09:08 AM
The question is not what they do when you have Webmaster Tools, but rather what they do when you do not have it.
Originally Posted by kicker
In other words - where would they send a warning, if no one has registered as the owner of the site?
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