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Monday, October 30, 2006

Google Webmaster Tools

Monday, October 30, 2006

Google's suite of webmaster tools provides you with a free and easy way to make your site more Google-friendly. They can show you Google's view of your site, help you diagnose problems, and let you share info with us to help improve your site's visibility.

Improve the functionality of your site, and your knowledge as a webmaster with these must have Google Tools!

Getting Google's view of your site, and diagnosing potential problems

The first step to increasing your site's visibility on Google is learning how our robots crawl and index your site.

  • Crawl info: You can make sure we have access to your site, and see when Googlebot last visited. You can also view URLs that we've had trouble crawling and why we couldn't crawl them. This way, you can fix any problems preventing us from indexing all of your pages.

  • Robots.txt file validation: See if we're having trouble with your file, and test out changes to that file before you change it on your server.

  • Website content: View top content from your site and see the words that other sites use to link to it.

Seeing how your site performs

A second step is learning what drives traffic to your site.

  • Top queries: Find the top queries that drive traffic to your site and where your site is included in the top search results. This will let you learn how users are finding your site.

  • Indexing information: See how your site is indexed and which of your pages are included in the index. If we find violations in your site, we'll give you the opportunity to fix the problems and request reinclusion of your site.

Sharing info with Google about your site

Since no one knows more about your site than you do, you can also share this info with Google and improve your crawlability.

  • Submit a Sitemap file: Tell us all about your pages by submitting a Sitemap file; help us learn which pages are most important to you and how often those pages change.

  • Specify your preferred domain: Tell us which URL to use when indexing your site; we’ll do our best to index the version you prefer.


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