Recently Google Search Console sent out numerous emails alerting publishers of redirect errors. However on Monday the official Google Search Central Twitter account updated the search marketing community that the emails may have been sent due to an internal indexing error and that they were investigating.
The search community noticed a lot of errors for what is normally a relatively rare issue. It’s abnormal for something like this to happen.
Glenn Gabe tweeted:
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
A redirect error is something that many publishers might not see often in their Google Search Console. It’s a technical SEO issue related to 301 and 302 redirects.
In general, unless a publisher was making mass changes to their website or a plugin update went really bad, a redirect error is not something that’s going to suddenly manifest on its own.
Google’s developer page lists four examples of redirect errors that Google Search Console reports on.