Google Webmaster Tools, a Google site that helps website owners conduct how their site appears in Google, diagnose problems, and optimize traffic, is now experiencing a vital confidence breach.
Old accounts are being re-verified, says Search Engine Journal. That might not sound like a large deal, nonetheless it’s a intensity disaster for anyone who has had hunt engine optimizers operative on their websites.
“From initial peek during a WMT’s accounts we now have regained entrance to each aged comment we have formerly been given entrance to, either that is a prior customer or maybe a site that came to us for some brief tenure consultancy,” David Naylor posted on his hunt selling blog today.
Hopefully, no black hats are holding advantage of special entrance to former clients’ sites, as they could means poignant repairs by uploading feign sitemaps, requesting dismissal of pivotal URLs from Google’s index, re-configuring U.S.-based sites to aim users in Kazakhstan, Timbuktu, or any other pointless place, and environment Google’s yield rate during a ridiculously delayed pace, among other things.
Dennis Goedegebuure, a former executive of SEO during eBay, confirmed to The Next Web that he had been postulated entrance to eBay’s webmaster collection even nonetheless he left a association roughly a year and a half ago.
I privately could not determine a problem. In former lives I’ve managed sites with millions of monthly pageviews and had entrance to those sites’ accounts. A discerning check tonight accurate that we have not been re-verified for those accounts — that might meant that Google has bound a issue, or simply that my GWT comment was not affected.
The crack goes as distant as extenuation entrance to sites’ Google Analytics accounts as well, during slightest in some cases. That allows entrance to intensely supportive information that companies and sites do not wish former employees or consultants saying or sharing.
Google hasn’t commented on a emanate yet, as distant as we can tell, and a Google Webmaster Tools blog has not been updated given Nov 12.
Google has now expelled a comment:
“For several hours yesterday a tiny set of Webmaster Tools accounts were wrongly re-verified for people who formerly had access. We’ve reverted these accounts and are questioning ways to forestall this emanate from recurring.”
Meanwhile, Twitter is doing what Twitter does:
Never screw your SEO… we never know when Google will do something foolish like let them behind into your Webmaster Tools account.
Ben Cook (@Skitzzo) November 27, 2012
Wonder how many immorality thing are being finished with Webmaster Tools right now. Best thing Google could do right now is switch it off
Kean Richmond (@keanrichmond) November 27, 2012