The Google Webmaster Central Blog announced yesterday afternoon that they will be stepping up their notifications within the Webmaster Tools interface. As of today, they will now be sending “SiteNotices” when there is a significant increase in content that is unreachable by Googlebot.
Here is a snapshot of what a SiteNotice will look like:
Google has said that they will only send out these notices if your website is verified in Webmaster Tools and they strongly recommend that you set up the email forwarding option so that you don’t miss out on these very important alerts.
As most SEOs know, if GoogleBot cannot access content from your website for some reason or another, this can be a huge issue and cause many headaches when trying to rank your content in the SERPs. I am sure that these alerts will be a welcomed change by many in the community.