If you have not heard, Google launched their new site health feature with their webmaster tools, that was announced last week on their webmaster central blog. The site health is featured on your webmaster tools home page. If you log in to your Google webmaster tools you will notice that Google redesigned their homepage to highlight your sites with health problems. Google’s new site health feature will allow you as a webmaster to see what if any problems with your sites need your attention the most. The new feature, will also prevent you from having to look at reports for your sites individually.
You can see Google’s new site health feature on the left links column. You can also see that there are no issues with the sites I have listed in my Google Webmaster Tools, but if Google did detect some problems with your site you would see the site health icon or the “Check site health” link next to that site. Then you would just click on the link to see what is wrong with that individual site.
Google’s new Webmaster Tools homepage is currently only available to webmasters with less than 100 websites (either verified or unverified). They are working on changing this limit in the future but until then webmasters with more than 100 websites can see site health information at the top of the Dashboard for each of your sites.
Google currently has three issues that are included in your site’s health check. Detecting malware on the site, seeing if important pages been removed via our URL removal tool, and seeing if important pages blocked from crawling in robots.txt. So if any of these items show up you can click on them to get the details about what Google detects is wrong with your site. If you don’t have the “Check site health” link or the site health icon then Google sees no problems with your site.
According to Susan Moskwa from Google’s Webmaster Central Blog, Google sees “important pages” as pages of your site that are getting the most clicks. Once the site health checks evolve more feature should be added in. Google feels though that with the launch of the new features to the webmaster tools that it will be much easier for webmasters to spot major problems with your sites without having to dig into all the data and reports.
Google is also saying that after you resolve any problems that are spotted through site health, it will usually take several days for the warning to disappear from your Webmaster Tools account, since Google has to recrawl the site, see the changes you’ve made, and then process that information through our Web Search and Webmaster Tools pipelines. If you still have problems after a week, then I would ask for help through the Google Webmaster Help Forum.
I believe that the new features that Google webmaster tools have rolled out with recently, are going to add a lot of value to the webmaster tools especially when Google adds even more features in the future. I sourced web pro news, ghacks, search engine watch and search engine round table. Please leave a comment about your thoughts on these new features!