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When I look at the graphs of URL errors for a particular site, is the number in a given day the actual number of errors at that point in time, e.g. is it a snapshot of the number of reported errors or is it the number of errors found on that given day?

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    It is the current errors to date. If it found 1 on Monday, 3 on Tuesday but zero on Wednesday then it should read 4 on Wednesday, – Simon Hayter Dec 18 '17 at 23:25
  • Sometimes I see the graph trend downwards, does that mean some of the previously reported errors must have been resolved? – Heisenberg Dec 19 '17 at 0:28
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As @Simon-Hayter noted in his comment, the number of errors reported is a running aggregate/cumulative tally for the site.

It may sometimes spike/jump if the crawlers try to check the site during webserver downtime/maintenance. Likewise, if you see it trend downwards, it may have detected certain errors as self-corrected.

Possible self-correction measures include:

  • Crawling an updated xml sitemap and realizing some urls can be delisted.
  • 301 redirects having been setup/added for defunct url aliases/retired pages.
  • site had blocking (usually 3rd party) javascript when initially crawled, but now loads and prevents bots from indexing.

Check out the Google Search Console Crawl Errors Report (websites) page for more info about the types of errors reported and manual steps to flag/notify Google that errors have been corrected.

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