On top of that, Google’s John Mueller confirmed a new bug affecting manual action notifications, which has since been resolved...at least we hope!
What You Should Know
As marketers, it is important to note that any data from Google Search Console reports, (excluding Performance reports) during this time period is not reliable and because the data loss overlaps with the de-indexing bug, there is no way to tell if your site was affected.
That means coverage reports which include pages with errors and valid page reports during this date range, for instance, should be ignored.
If you’re an agency, this should be explained to clients so that they are not surprised by any data they see within their account and the same goes for your own marketing team.
Earlier this week, I was going through a technical SEO audit with a client and had to make this really clear to them. Luckily the audit provided an abundance of other great information that they could rely on to improve their website efforts but Google Search Console was not one of them.
I know that reporting bugs can be extremely frustrating.
How can you improve your marketing and website efforts if you do not have reliable data?