Use Google Webmaster Tools to Detect Site Issues

Google truly is a fantastic company. All that they have done and continue to do to help the internet grow and mature continues to astound me. My latest favorite is their free site diagnostic notification service.

While there are services out there like Are My Sites Up, which I highly recommend, Google Webmaster Tools’ daily digest is a must for every website owner. This handy feature will email you if Google discovers any potential issues with your website and email you about them. Not only will they give you a heads up concerning site issues, they’ll even advise you on steps to take to alleviate these problems.

How to Use Google Webmaster Tools’ Digest

Configuring, enabling, or disabling this feature is extremely easy to use. Simply log into your verified Google Webmaster Tools account and visit the preferences page. Under the section titled “Email notifications,” be sure to “Enable email notifications,” set the Type to “All issues” and select the correct email address. Click save, and you’re done!

This quick and easy tip can help you detect malware on your website quickly, find out if your site is down or throwing errors, and more. To be honest, Google is a little vague about all of the “issues” they will contact you about. But believe me, if Google discovers an issue with your website, it’s definitely something you want to be aware of and fix.

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