All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Google Webmaster Tools’

Google Is Changing How It Sends Webmasters Messages

Google announced that over the coming weeks it’s going to be changing the way it sends messages in Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools) and to whom it sends them. Google Webmaster Trends analyst Gary Illyes announced this in a post on Google+ on Tuesday morning (via Search Engine Land). Here’s how he described the changes: After the change, we will …

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Google Webmaster Tools Changed To Google Search Console

Recognizing that a lot of different types of people use Webmaster Tools beyond just traditional webmasters, Google has decided to rebrand its popular product to reflect that. From now on, Google Webmaster Tools will be known as Google Search Console. Here’s the logo: “For nearly ten years, Google Webmaster Tools has provided users with constantly evolving tools and metrics to …

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Google Is Replacing The Most Used Feature In Webmaster Tools

Google announced the release of the new Search Analytics report in Webmaster Tools, which it promises will deliver webmasters more precise data. It is replacing the Search Queries report, which the company says is the most used feature in Webmaster Tools. “If you manage a website, you need a deep understanding of how users find your site and how your …

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Google Deprecates Old Webmaster Tools API

Back in September, Google launched an update to its Webmaster Tools API to make it more consistent with other Google APIs. Those using other APIs from the company would find the new one easier to implement, the company said. Now, Google has announced that with the pending shutdown of ClientLogin, the old version will be shut down on April 20. …

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Google: Clicks On App Deep Links Jumped By 10x Last Quarter

Google started testing app indexing on Android in October of last year, adding deep links from apps within search results on its operating system. In June, they opened it up to everyone. On Tuesday, Google provided an update on what’s going on with it, encouraging more webmasters to take advantage. What’s going on with it is that clicks on app …

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Google Webmaster Tools Adds Mobile Usability Tracking

Google announced the addition of a new Mobile Usability feature to Webmaster Tools, which shows you issues Google has found with your site. It includes graphs that look at issues over time, so you can see any progress you’ve made. The offering further underscore’s Google’s emphasis on the importance of the mobile experience to webmasters. If your site sucks on …

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Google Webmaster Guidelines Get An Update

Google announced it’s updating its technical Webmaster Guidelines in light of its recent announcement that its indexing system now renders pages with with CSS and Javascript turned on. The new guideline explains that webmasters should allow Googlebot access to the JavaScript, CSS, and image files that your pages use. This is pretty much in line with what Google has been …

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Google Wants To Watch You While You Work

Google revealed that it wants to start going to people’s places of business, and watch them work. It says it wants to learn about how it can help you manage your sites easier. Google’s Gary Illyes talked about it in a Google+ update (via Search Engine Land). “We are looking for companies, agencies, and website owners willing to let us …

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Google Updates Webmaster Tools API

Google announced that it has updated the Webmaster Tools API to make it more consistent with other Google APIs. Those who already use other Google APIs, the company says, should find this one easy to implement. According to Google, the updated API makes it easier to authenticate for apps or web services, and provides access to some of the main …

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Google Notifies Webmasters About Their Annoying Faulty Redirects

Google announced a couple months ago that it would start calling out sites in mobile results for faulty redirects. This was aimed at saving users the “common annoyance” of tapping a search result only to be redirected to a site’s mobile homepage. This happens when a site isn’t properly set up to handle requests from smartphones. As Google noted, it …

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Google Webmaster Tools Gets Updated Robots.txt Testing Tool

Google has released an updated robots.txt testing tool in Webmaster Tools. The tool can be found in the Crawl section. The aim of the new version of the tool is to make it easier to make and maintain a “correct” robots.txt file, and make it easier to find the directives within a large file that are or were blocking individual …

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Google Webmaster Tools Gets New rel-alternate-hreflang Feature

Google announced on Monday that it is adding a new feature to Google Webmaster Tools to make it easier to debug rel-alternate-hreflang annotations. These are the attributes Google uses to serve the correct language or regional URL in search results. Google’s Maile Ohye talks about using rel-alternate-hreflang in the following video. The Language Targeting section of “International Targeting” in Webmaster …

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‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Notices Hit Webmaster Tools

Last week, Google started honoring “right to be forgotten” requests in search results, showing the following notice on search results pages for some name searches: Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe. Learn more Now, reports are coming out indicating that webmasters are getting “right to be forgotten” notices in Webmaster Tools. Alex Graves at …

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Google Gives Webmasters New Page Rendering Tool

Last week, Google named some JavaScript issues that can negatively impact a site’s search results, and said it would soon be releasing a tool to help webmasters better understand how it renders their site. The tool has now been announced. It comes in the form of an addition to the Fetch as Google tool, which lets you see how Googlebot …

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Google Adjusts Index Status Data In Webmaster Tools

Google announced an adjustment to the way sites’ index status data appears in Webmaster Tools. The index status feature now tracks a site’s indexed URLs for both HTTP and HTTPS as well as for verified subdirectories. In the past, it didn’t show data for HTTPS sites independently. Everything was included in the HTTP report. The move makes a great deal …

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Google Launches WordPress Plugin For AdSense, Webmaster Tools Management

Google announced the launch of its new Google Publisher Plugin for WordPress (in beta). This lets people place AdSense ads on their sites, and verify their sites in Webmaster Tools right from WordPress. The plugin links your site to your AdSense account, and lets you place ads without having to manually modify code. If you already have an AdSense account, …

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Google Webmaster Tools ‘Search Queries’ Feature Gets Some New Tweaks

Google has announced a couple of changes to the Search Queries feature in Webmaster Tools, improving stats for mobile sites and getting rid of rounding. For webmasters who manage mobile sites on separate URLs from the desktop versions (like m.example.com), Google will now show queries where the m. pages appeared in results for mobile browsers and queries where Google applied …

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Google Improves URL Removal Tool

Google has launched an improved version of its URL removal tool in Webmaster Tools, aimed at making it easier to request updates based on changes to other people’s sites. Google suggests that you could use the tool if a page has been removed completely or if it has changed, and you need the snippet and cached page removed. “If the …

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Google Wants Some Ideas For Webmaster Tools. Got Any?

In a recent article, we asked if Google is being transparent enough. While the question was asked broadly, much our discussion had to do specifically with webmasters. Is Google providing them with enough information? I mean after all, a single algorithm tweak can completely kill a business, or cause one to have to lay off staff. Webmasters want to know …

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Google Webmaster Tools Alters How It Selects Sample Links

Google announced on Thursday that it has made a change to how it decides what links to show webmasters when they push the “Download more sample links” button. The feature typically shows about 100,000 backlinks. “Until now, we’ve selected those links primarily by lexicographical order,” explains Yinnon Haviv, a software engineer with Google’s Webmaster Tools team. “That meant that for …

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Google Gives Webmasters Alternative To Markup With Data Highlighter

Google announced the launch of Data Highlighter in Webmaster Tools, a tool for event data (and soon other types of data) that gives them an alternative to having to markup their sites. It lets webmasters show Google pieces of data on a typical event page on their site for use in Google’s structured data offerings in search results (like rich …

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Webmaster Tools Gets “Associates” Feature For Your Managers Across Google Products

Google announced a new Webmaster Tools feature that lets you add users who can act on behalf of your site in other Google products. These users will be referred to as “associates”. This seems to be another step towards Google’s unification of its various products, which has largely been helped by its recently consolidated privacy policy, and has been fueled …

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Google Domain Verification Gets Simplified With Registrar Partnerships

Google announced that it is working with GoDaddy and Demand Media’s eNom on automated domain verification for Webmaster Tools and Google Apps. For sites with domains whose records are managed by GoDaddy or eNom, users will see a new verification method that looks something like this: “Selecting this method launches a pop-up window that asks you to log in to …

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Google Webmaster Tools Gets Better Navigation, New Dashboard

Google is continually updating its Webmaster Tools to bring the best features to users. This week brings some pretty major changes in the form of an updated navigation, new dashboard, and a compact view for the home page site-list. The features that you know and love in Webmaster Tools have been regrouped which facilitated a change in the navigation structure. …

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Google Adds More Top Search Query Data

Google has been adding more and more value to their Webmaster tools which really should help those of you just starting a Website or perhaps just need more help in attracting traffic. Either way, one of the best tools available is the ability to look at the top search query data. Google is making that data even more valuable. Google …

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How Google Webmaster Tools Can Help During A Domain Move

Nothing sucks more than having to move your Web site. Whether it’s because you don’t agree with the philosophy of your host or you can’t afford the fees associated with the current domain, there comes a time when it’s just time to move. Doesn’t make it any easier, but Google has some tips for making the transition smoother while retaining …

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Google Removing Subscriber Stats Feature From Webmaster Tools

Just like when Google announced the changes coming to API deprecation and some APIs even being retired, Google is now looking at the Webmaster tools it can phase out. The company decides these tools’ fate by seeing “if they’re still useful in comparison to the maintenance and support they require.” The first tool to get the boot is the Subscriber …

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Google Webmaster Tools Gets New Admin Feature

Google announced the launch of a new Webmaster Tools feature, which lets verified site owners grant limited access to their site’s data and settings to other people. You can do this from the home page, by clicking “Manage Site” and going to the “Add or remove users” option, which has replaced the “Add or remove owners” option. This will take …

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Google Authorship Clicks And Impressions Added To Webmaster Tools

We know that who you are is more important in Google now. Google has been pushing authorship markup for months. This ties you, as an author of content, to your Google Profile, which is linked to from a picture of you that appears next to your content in Google search results. Google has been clear about aiming to turn this …

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Google Launches Important New Tools for Webmasters

Google made a couple relatively quiet announcements this week that have pretty big ramifications for webmasters who want to get more traffic to their sites. If you’re a Webmaster Tools user, you can thank Google for a new “Site Health” feature. In a nutshell, it’s Google’s way of helping you prioritize what you’re doing in WMT by highlighting the “health …

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