For many webmasters and SEOs – “Not Selected” was a great option in Google Webmaster Tools to analyze the health status of the website.
Now it is no more. Since today morning dt. Feb 8, 2013, Google has removed this nifty little feature.
Introduced in June 2012, this option can be accessed by: Webmaster Tools –> Health –> Index Status –> Advanced –> Not Selected
INDEX STATUS: It tells how many of your URLs Google able to crawled and indexed at different time periods, for last one year.
It shows data about – total indexed, ever crawled, blocked by robots, removed and not selected. As crawling and indexing are two important aspects of a website, these data provides valuable information about the overall health condition of the site.
Not selected means “URLs from your site that redirect to other pages or URLs whose contents are substantially similar to other pages.”
High number of not selected means – lots of pages of your site are either duplicate or near duplicate due to canonicalization, duplicate content, or automatically generated pages. It may also possible if the site is hacked.
So a sudden spike in the number of duplicate content means – problems with site configuration, redirects, or security.
WordPress Blogs: The most famous, and most used CMS for blogging as well as website produces lots of duplicate content, many a times. It automatically produces multiple URLs for the same content under category, tags, archives etc.
And not selected was a great help for bloggers to know the health status of their WordPress powered blogs.
REASON: There is a lots of chatter going on in Google Webmaster Forum about the reason behind removing the not selected feature from Webmaster Tools.
And the only reason – It was creating lot of confusion to all the users of Google WMT.
Add your views about the removal of not selected option from WMT in the comments below.