Have you ever received an email from Google Search Console asking you to take action to fix an issue and then click the “verify fix” button? Well, have you ever clicked that you fixed the problem, without actually implementing any fixes or changes?
I’m sure many of you have done this and sometimes it works. Sometimes by saying you fixed something, Google will recheck the issue and let it go.
When will this happen? Google’s John Mueller said on Twitter said that when the first “particular analysis by Google did not obtain stable results”. So if Google runs it again, maybe the results are now stable and Google sees what it wants to see this time.
Here’s the tweet with the verification fix confirmed as fixed when this SEO said they didn’t make any fixes:
@searchliaison When the only thing someone did was click “Check for fixes” (without actually making any real changes) and they get this back… How should this (or the original warning) be interpreted? pic.twitter.com/cVMyLiISiO
— Jay Holtslander (@j_holtslander) March 8, 2022
Here is John’s response:
Usually this is a sign that this particular scan was not getting stable results. It can happen (and we’re taking steps to prevent it as much as possible on our end), so unless you see a lot of these issues, I’d leave it at that.
— 🐐 Jean 🐐 (@JohnMu) March 9, 2022
I don’t recommend that you just click that the problem is fixed unless you really think the problem isn’t a problem and Google should double-check.
Discussion forum on Twitter.