Over the past 24 hours or so, Google has sent me dozens of notices from sites I have verified Google Search Console properties with. The notices say “New Coverage issue detected” and the specific error is a “redirect error.” Google said it is looking into why all these notices went out.
Here is one I received for my corporate site, but I received tons, it reads:
Coverage issues detected on rustybrick.com
To the owner of rustybrick.com:
Search Console has identified that your site is affected by 1 Coverage issues:
Errors can prevent your page or feature from appearing in Search results. The following errors were found on your site:
We recommend that you fix these issues when possible to enable the best experience and coverage in Google Search.
Here is a screenshot (click to enlarge):
When you click on the fix it link, you are taken to the Coverage report drilled down into the Redirect error statuses. Here is a screenshot of that:
Google is looking into the issue but Daniel Waisberg and John Mueller of Google said “We’re looking into this…”
Here are some folks tweeting about this with more:
Heads-up, I’m seeing a big spike in redirect errors across sites in the Coverage reporting. Those redirects looks fine when analyzing them… Also, that coincides w/a crawl stats error for “Server Connectivity” across those sites impacted. I think Googlebot had too much eggnog 🙂 pic.twitter.com/PGY0EkLAcv
— Glenn Gabe (@glenngabe) December 12, 2021
Same over here: https://t.co/bMcxV3fKOX
— Alexander Außermayr (@aussermayr) December 12, 2021
There are tons of SEOs concerned about this but the good news, it is super wide spread so it is likely an issue on Google’s end.
Here is how Daniel and John replied:
We’re looking into this…
— Daniel Waisberg (@danielwaisberg) December 12, 2021
We’re looking into it. pic.twitter.com/F8gGKktRzc
— 🧀 John 🧀 (@JohnMu) December 12, 2021
Forum discussion at Twitter.