Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Today we're launching our Message Center, a new way for webmasters to receive personalized information from Google in our webmaster console. Should we need to contact you, you'll see a notification in your Webmaster Tools dashboard.
Initially the messages will refer to search quality issues, but over time we'll use the Message Center as a communication channel for more types of information. Here's an example: informing the site owner about hidden text, a violation in our webmaster guidelines.
For our webmasters outside the U.S., we're also pleased to tell you that Message Center is capable of providing information in all supported Webmaster Tools languages (French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Chinese-Simplified, Chinese-Traditional, Korean, Japanese, etc.), across all countries.
Right now the number of sites we're contacting is small, but we hope to expand this program over time. We're also really happy that the Message Center lets us communicate with webmasters in an authenticated way. As time goes on, we'll keep looking for even more ways to improve communication with site owners, but right now, why not claim your site in our Webmaster Tools so that we can give you a heads-up of any issues that we see?