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Google Search Console Announces Change to Messaging Procedure

Posted on 7.13.2015

Google Search Console, formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools, will be changing its messaging procedure regarding site alerts over the next few weeks according to Google Switzerland Webmaster Trends Analyst Gary Illyes.

Through the soon-to-be implemented changes, only direct owners of a site will receive messages that their site triggered an alert: no longer will the owner of the parent site also receive the message. However, while this change will affect most messages, critical messages, akin to a hacked site alert, may still be sent to the parent site owners as well.

The example that Illyes provides on his Google+ blog post is below.

“Currently, if the site https://example.com/dont/panic/have/a/toweltriggers a message, all of the following sites will be sent the message:

https://example.com/dont/panic/have/a/towel (the site triggering the message)
https://example.com/dont/panic/have/a
https://example.com/dont/panic/have
https://example.com/dont/panic
https://example.com/dont
https://example.com

With the upcoming change, only the owners of https://example.com/dont/panic/have/a/towel will receive the message triggered by their own site. “


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