What’s going on with Google Webmaster Tools Data?
On February 13, 2015 Barry Schwartz wrote in his post on searchengineland.com Google Webmaster Tools Data Stopped Updating Almost A Week Ago that there seems to be a problem with data collecting inside the Google Webmaster Tools. This was especially obvious in the search keywords queries statistics where data seemed to have stopped on February 7, 2015.
Usually the time lag for collecting keywords queries and displaying them in the Webmaster tools reports is about two days. I had already noticed the delay in my Webmaster tools account, but thought it’s only related on my account, but to my surprise it seems that all Google Webmaster tools users are affected.
Today, February 15, 2015, I went to my Google Webmaster tools account and checked and here’s how it looks:
As you can see it seems that the data collection for keyword queries has been somewhat resumed and data for February 8, 2015 appears in the graph.
Was there an error in the Webmaster tools infrastructure? Is Google preparing a change?
There’s no official statement from Google yet, but I think that we will know soon.
Update: It seems that the Google Webmaster tools app and their Google Analytics infrastrucutre indeed had some issues and the service was disrupted.
We’re aware of a problem with Google Analytics affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are able to access Google Analytics, but may not have access to the most recent data. We will provide an update by 2/14/15, 10:00 PM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.
We experienced a data processing issue affecting data on February 9 2015. Data is being reprocessed for all affected accounts and should be completed by February 14 2015. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this issue and ensure you we are working to resolve it as a top priority.
Also, yesterday, around the very time I was posting this article Google issued another statement saying that the issues have been solved for most users, that no data has been lost and the service will be fully operational starting February 16, 2015. Here’s the full quote:
Google Analytics service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.
No data has been lost, and we continue to reprocess data for all affected accounts. We expect it to be complete by February 16 2015. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by this issue and ensure you we are working to resolve it as a top priority.
Update 1 Feb 16, 2015: So far I can only see data in my account up to February 8. Just checked and seems like today is President’s Day in the US, which is a national holiday so probably somebody put the barbeque grill too close to the application server 😉