Google Sent Over 700,000 Messages Via Webmaster Tools In Past Two Months

At SMX West last week Tiffany Oberoi from Google shared that Google has sent over 700,000 messages to webmasters via Google Webmaster Tools in January and February 2012. That is more than the total number of messages Google sent in 2011 and almost more than what Google has sent since launching Google Webmaster Tools message center.

Google told us, this number includes both manual and automated messages but does not include messages such as malware notifications, responses to generic reconsideration requests, or generic responses to the more feedback form.

As you can see from the chart below, Google has seriously stepped up the one-on-one communication with webmasters with this tool. If they keep this rate up, Google will send almost 5 million messages to individual webmasters over the course of 2012. I guess Google figured out a way to scale these messages.

I do not know the rate of manual versus automated messages that make up the 700,000 figure.

Tiffany from Google presented this chart at the Ask The Search Engines session at SMX West last week.

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  • joshuahedlund

    I wonder how many of those messages were just “WordPress Update Available” messages. I’ve received 7 of those messages for different WordPress installs on sites I manage, all since January.

  • willspencer

    I’ll believe this when I see it. Once again, what Google says doesn’t match what Google does.

  • Kurt Henninger

    Personally, I’m a fan of any communication that they have with us via Webmaster tools. I find it even amazing that they would know your site needs a WP update.

  • Matthew Shuey

    I have over 100 websites in my webmaster tools account. Good thing we didn’t get any of these messages.

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