A Google web-based console that provides additional insight into a registered website's search performance and potential issues.

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Is it safe to delete a site from Google Webmaster Tools?

We have a site registered with the Google Webmaster Tools, but recently due to some problems we have to shutdown the site temporary. As as a result, links indexed by the Google are becoming invalid. ...
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Test if Google+ is already with my Website

How can I verify or check if a website is already linked with Google plus? I already added <link href="https://plus.google.com/{+PageIdGoesHere}" rel="publisher" /> this to my head tag of my ...
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Removing full site from Google index

I want to remove the contents from Google index. Google index include my websites huge number of pages indexed in Google index about 5,000,000 Pages earlier but now left pages are 3,025,000. I have ...
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Does Google reprocesses submitted sitemaps from time to time?

Assuming one submits a sitemap for a website in Google Webmaster, does Google reprocess it from time to time? If yes, at which rate?
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How does Google Rank “Priority” for “Not Found” errors?

Google lists Not Found Errors in Webmaster Tools as Ranked by Priority, but what is Priority based on?
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How can I decrease relevancy of Creative Commons footer text? (In Google Webmaster Tools)

I know that I may just have to link the image to make this happen, but I figured it was worth asking, just in case there's some other semantic markup or tips I could use... I have a site that uses ...
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Adding pages to google webmaster tools by the bulk

Is there a method of adding websites in bulk to google webmaster tools? My host username and password were hacked and all of my sites were injected with malicious scripts. I've cleaned everything up ...
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Google sitemap priorities, am I doing the right thing?

I've built a website which has maritime weather and tide data for UK locations, and each location has 7 day forecast (where data is available). My URL structures are like this: ...
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Choose the Google Sitelinks that are shown when somebody searches for my website

How can I remove Search for product, About us, Log in, etc. which are displayed in Google Search? And how can I add particular categories like Automobiles, Mobiles & Tablets, etc.?
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In Google Webmaster Tools we have 3 sitemaps attributed to 1 domain

I have a website that has been on the internet for almost 10 years created in "Microsoft FrontPage" with over 900 pages. Currently in Google Webmaster tools it shows up as 2 domains and 3 sitemaps: ...
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Which pages from the sitemap are not indexed by Google?

I have a sitemap file that has been submitted to Google, and has been processed, according to Google Webmaster Tools. As per GWT for 2013-05-31, 8255 web-pages are submitted, but only 8209 are ...
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Google-bot sees “Sorry, we have no imagery here” on pages with Google Maps

I have a site with Google Maps on most of the pages. When inspecting content keywords in Google Webmaster tools, content keywords identified by Google-bot for the site include "imagery", "sorry" and ...
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Why my web pages positioned 1st in Google Webmaster Tools recieve zero CTR?

Recently I have noticed decrease in traffic on my website. I checked with Google Webmaster Tools and noticed that many of my pages that are ranked #1 on Webmaster Tools receive 1 or even 0% CTR. ...
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What should I do to notify Google of a switch from “.php” to extension-free URL's?

I've implemented a simple mod-rewrite rule that internally rewrites urls without a file extension (that are not directories) to .php files and removed the .php extension from all our internal links. ...
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Why in the search results of Google does not appear the unique name of my website?

I have a website with a unique name, already indexed and with a perfect SEO. Although there are no websites with the same unique name, when I'm searching on Google I found my homepage listed on the ...
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Google Webmaster Tools: duplicate title even with a 301 redirect in place

I have plenty of duplicate titles http://example.com/?attachment_id=1678/feed/ http://example.com/?attachment_id=1678/ The first link triggers a 301 redirect to the second link. So why does Google ...
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HTML Improvements are not updating properly

I use Webmaster Tools for my website and I have removed duplicate titles in my site. But it is not getting reflected in Webmaster Tools. Is there any reload to view the changes in HTML Improvements?
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Would 1000 links on the home page be preventing internal pages from ranking well?

We have a webpage with links to 1000 internal pages (scientific paper abstracts). Google indexed the site as can be verified by their Webmaster Tools but the site is practically non-visible if you ...
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Why is there a difference between urls submitted to a sitemap and urls in the google index?

The crawl report shows this: "HTTP ‎(1)‎ In Sitemaps ‎(5)‎ Not found ‎(993)‎ Restricted by robots.txt ‎(487,544)‎" So the discrepancy between 50,000 and 44,592 isn't coming from that. Are there ...
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Why is a query string appearing on my URLs in the Google search results?

When I enter a URL from my site into Google search, I get back that URL but with an added query string in the results. For example when I search for https://example.com/blog/blog/2013/02, the search ...
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How reliable is the number of hits provided by Google site: command?

A partner of my company (not sure whether i can tell their name here - i´ll use example.com instead) asked me yesterday, why there is such a big difference when they enter the site command at google ...
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Understanding CTR in Google Webmaster Tools

I've got a site that's showing a 9% CTR for a phrase in Google Webmaster Tools, but the average position for my site is 14th (this includes 7 local results for this phrase). I was a little confused ...
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Where Did this 404 Error Come From?

I was looking in Google Webmaster Tools and it said I had the following 404 error: Page Response Code Date Detected lglegl.html 404 11/27/14 The site is for a lawyer ...
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Does Google cap impressions of my website?

It looks like my site hit an imaginary limit of 400 daily impressions. What is this limit based on? How can I "break through" that limit?
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Google structured data dashboard not seeing any data

When I plug my web page into Google's Rich Snippet Testing Tool it grabs all of the schema.org info I've plugged in correctly, but it says it doesn't detect any structured data when I click on the ...
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Why won't Webmaster Tools let me set a preferred domain? (says to verify, but it should already be)

I've got a domain that I apparently forgot to set a preferred domain for, so I just tried to do it. Webmaster Tools instead popped up a little box: Part of the process of setting a preferred ...
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Consolidating google results for 2 domains with the same content

I have 2 domains http://foo.com and a http://bar.com. http://bar.com is just a domain alias for http://foo.com so they have the same content. Results for both domains show up on google, I'd rather all ...
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Sitemap XML version vs simple text (urls list) version, do you know what are the pros?

I usualy submit simple text urls list as sitemap on Google webmaster tools. It's just a matter of simplicity, a simple text file is lightweight, easier to read also for humans (actually for me). :) ...
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Is it better to remove old URL from google via webmaster than 301 rewrite?

I have a site which changed from one shopping cart to another. Previously there was an .htaccess file which redirected all the old URLs to the homepage. I changed it to report a 404 for any URL not ...
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Is it necessary to submit sitemap to www and non www?

I have submitted my website to Google Webmaster Tools with both www and with no-www. I had made the domain without www to my preffered domain and have submitted a sitemap. My question is should I ...
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How to identify spammy domains giving backlinks to my site (to submit in disavow links in WMT)

Google is out with much awaited feature. But out of 100's of domains giving backlink to my site I want to simply find the spammy ones and disavow domain-wise using "domain:" feature. I'm looking for ...
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Geographic location settings

I am building an website. It has an .nl domain. Now only my domain is showing up on google.nl I hope I can change this somehow that it could be findable in all google's (like google.com / co.uk) and ...
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Duplicate content appearing for multi lingual sites

I have a site which has a default url say "http://www.blahblah.com/" (which is default in english language). In my site there is support for multi languages. I am having few links at my home page say ...
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Why is Google not listing my site using its preferred domain?

Using Google Webmaster tools my site is set to 'Display URLs as www.mydomain.com' as opposed 'mydomain.com'. This is the setting for both of these sites in Webmaster tools and has been for several ...
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How bad would it be to use a ccTLD domain on a website targeted to another country?

I'm currently working on a website targeted mainly towards Japan (all content is in Japanese). This website's domain is registered as another country's ccTLD (in this case, Belgium's .be domain) as ...
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how to remove old data from structure data webmaster tool

How can I remove old items from Structured Data? see attached image, want to delete old records, as its showing 2013 records which were already fixed.
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What search statistics are most reliable?

I'm doing some research into the SEO of one my websites and looking at different keywords and the search traffic they generate. Let's say I have a search term I'm ranked number one for a keyword and ...
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How to remove old robots.txt from google as old file block the whole site [duplicate]

I have a website which still shows old robots.txt in the google webmaster tools. User-agent: * Disallow: / Which is blocking Googlebot. I have removed old file updated new robots.txt file with ...
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Google Keyword Relevancy

I hope this is the correct place to ask this question. I've got a few websites going, so i'm ok with the usual terminology and have looked in SEO and tried to implement it as best i can on my sites. ...
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google excluding site for queries for it's exact name

I have a client site with a unique name (not just the FQDN, but the company name that the site is for) that simply will not appear for Google searches using the company name. It's a very simple and ...
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Does Google crawl and index sites hosted on an IP address only (with no domain name) and non-standard port?

I have website on 203.162.177.159:8071 (Actually, that isn't the real IP address, I changed it for this question.) Because of an internal rule, this site must not have a domain name, and running on ...
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How to deal with non-relevant keywords in Google Webmaster Tools

Google webmaster tools is showing keywords such as "cookies" in my keyword list. This is probably because we have links to our long legal disclaimer on cookies. We're a B2B service, so clearly I ...
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How to fix thousands of 404's?

The business I work for recently migrated our e-commerce site from Celerant to Magento. Despite using a robots.txt file and a 301 redirect extension, webmaster tools is reporting that our "not found" ...
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How to get rid of crawling errors due to the URL Encoded Slashes (%2F) problem in Apache

The Google web crawler has indexed a whole set of URLs with encoded slashes (%2F) for our site. I assume it has picked up the pages from our XML sitemap file. The problem is that the live pages will ...
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How do Search Engines Segment Against Locale?

Assume I run a multi-lingual website. If I had a Spanish section, it should be included in Spanish-segmented search engines such as Google Spain Google Peru Google El Salvador and excluded in the ...
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Usefulness of the Backlinks shown in Webmaster Tools

Is the list of links for a site shown in Google Webmaster Tools a complete list or just a sample? I've noticed that the links in there appear to be all the ones I didn't think would have any real ...
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Recovery from accidental noindex of site

I've recently noticed that an entire site I manage had been set to noindex for about 3 weeks. This has caused the entire site to be completely dropped from Google's index (searching "site:" and then ...
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Google Webmaster Tools - Why does Avg Position change when drilling down in Search Query Analysis?

In Google Webmaster Tools --> Seach Queries, you can see a list like this: I am finding that the Avg. Position column o the above list is seriously out of sync with the Avg Position shown in the ...
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How to create google video sitemap urls for very large video files with distinct segments?

I have a large video files about 1 hr in duration, with different sections of the video corresponding to different distinct sub topics . For example, the whole video may be about an yoga exercise ...
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Remove home page from Google cache

The Google Webmaster Tools Remove URL section allows you to specify a page URL to be removed from the index, or cache, or both. However, I want to remove just the home page, which is / I want to ...