“Stay up-to-date on critical & important issues regarding your site’s health.” Google now emails you on critical or important issues about your site through Webmaster Tools. It will send you emails automatically whenever any significant change is detected by it’s crawlers.
Earlier today Google Webmaster Tools Team emailed webmaster tools users:
We’ll only send you email for issues that we think have significant impact on your site’s health or search performance which have clear actions that you can take to address. For example, we’ll email you if we detect malware on your site or see a significant increase in errors while crawling your site.
However, what if the crawler finds 404 Not found or 500 Internal Server Error several times a day or on a series of days? I do run heavy experiment with my blog and sometimes I mess up as usual! My server log sometimes report couple of hundreds 404 Not Found Error. Evidently Google isn’t going to email me on every single 404 error. The email said they will only mail on critical ones. So, if 20 of my important pages get lost, will they send me 20 emails? Thankfully the answer is no. They promised to cap the number of emails they will send over a certain period of times and that’s a relief.
There had been a time when I had to manage quite a handful of websites, all built on dated CMS technology and the sites were prone to create issues and WMT was the only savior. In fact I did suggested lots feature upgrade and addition to the CMS which finally resulted in building a whole new ecommerce CMS with a two years efforts. Coming back to the issues reported by WMT… sometimes I forgot to check the webmaster tools and suddenly realized Google detected the issues a or two weeks ago and I could manage them better if I had been notified in the first place. I am just surprised that Google took it so long to realize the need! Anyway, better late than never 🙂
If you don’t want to receive any email from Webmaster Tools you can also change your email delivery preferences at https://www.google.com/