Google Sending Invalid Error Notices Of Redirecting Smartphone Users To Homepage
In some cases, you can ignore the faulty mobile redirect notices sent by Google.
A couple weeks ago, we reported that Google began sending notices to webmasters over faulty mobile redirects. This notice was to inform webmasters of notices being shown to searchers that the searcher may be redirected to the home page as opposed to the specific page they are clicking on within the Google search results.
It seems Google may be sending these notifications to webmasters even when that is not the case. For example, this site just received the notice, and it is now a fully responsive site as of August 11th. It can be that Google is confused with the site migration, and some of the pages that no longer exist are triggering this alert. But with the lack of reporting within Webmaster Tools, it is hard for us to tell.
We are not the only ones receiving this invalid and inaccurate notice. Google has told some webmasters to sometimes ignore the messages because they can be “overenthusiastically” sending out these notices.
The notices look like this:
The searcher, if they run into a faulty mobile redirect, would see this:
If you receive one of these notices, you should confirm that you do not have any of these faulty mobile redirects, and if not, you can ignore the message. I hope Google works on improving these messages in the near future.
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