Google Webmaster Tools Updated With New Features

    July 21, 2009
    Chris Crum

Google has released an update to Webmaster Tools, with the code name "Summer Shine." The update comes with several new features.

The first new feature is that the site selector now lists all verified sites that the user owns. It also allows the user to search as they type.

Site Selector

The second new feature is the ability for users to block non-homepage sitelinks. Previously, if users owned something like, they were not able to block sitelinks for something like


The third feature lets users see URL removal requests submitted by other users for any sites they own, and revoke them if necessary. "In the past, if another webmaster for your site mistakenly removed a URL on your site and left for vacation it was a difficult process to undo the request," explains Webmaster Tools Product Manager Sagar Kamdar.

Crawler Access

The home page is also easier to navigate now. There is no a clear distinction between verified and unverified sites.