Google URL Inspection Tool bug causing errors for some

If you try to use the URL Inspection tool in Google Search Console and get errors, you’re not alone. Google confirmed that there was an “increase in errors when inspecting URLs”. The research company said it was working to fix the problem.

The announcement. Here is Google announcing this issue:

May work for you. You may not see any errors yourself, but keep in mind that if you do, Google is working to fix the problem. Additionally, if you pull data from the Search Console API, you may need to review that data and run those requests in the future.

Google just recently released an API for the URL Inspection Tool; it is unclear whether these issues are related or not.

The mistake. This is what the error looks like, it says “Oops! Something went wrong.

Why we care. If you’re having trouble using the URL Inspection tool, maybe put those tasks aside for another day and work on something else. This isn’t an issue specific to your site, but rather a broader issue that Google is working to address.

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