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

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Google can't access non-existent robots.txt

I set up a website a few weeks ago and I'm trying to get Google to crawl it. When logging into Google's Search Console (Webmaster Tools) and within: Crawl > Crawl Errors It reports: Google ...
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How to fix robots.txt file error in my GWT?

In my blog’s Webmaster Tools, there is a notification in Crawl Errors section, that is Google couldn't crawl your site because we were unable to access the robots.txt file. My blog’s robots.txt file ...
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How can I make Google Search Console display day before month?

In Google Search Console (previously known as Webmaster Tools), there are often charts like this one: What I find very unusable are the dates at the bottom. I would much prefer them to be in ...
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Backlink getting from one website sidebar. Is it spamming? [closed]

I am getting backlink from a website sidebar. That website owner add my website link as favourite link on his sidebar widget area. Thus, i am getting backlink from his every page, every post even ...
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Google Master Tool: How allow external links in robots.txt

I have a problem with google rendering. Googlebot couldn't get all resources for this page. Because it's blocked by its own google robots.txt file. Here's an example of an external link. ...
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Increase in 5XX errors and 404 errors on GWT, are we under attack?

A lot of URLs are suddenly giving us 404s and 500s. On closer inspection, these URLs do not exist on our website and are being linked from random sources. As more URLs were inspected on GWT, a ...
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Geographic location settings

I am building a website and it uses a Netherlands (.nl) domain. This domain is being found when using the Netherlands Google. I'd like the site to be found on all Google's not just country speific ...
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Google Webmaster Tools -> URL-Parameter after Migration from Magento

After migrating from magento to a different e-commerce system I can find lots of URL-Parameters with millions of monitored sites: Is it safe to reset those? Or better leave them? We already had a ...
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Site submitted via Google Search Console API but not found on Google Search Console UI

I submitted client site via Google Search Console API successfully, I have even received a successful verification through the API, but it never makes it to the Search Console UI. I waited 12 hours ...
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Best tag placement for Analytics.js tracking code?

I am using a webapp for my website which has an option in the settings to add my UA tracking code from google analytics. However, when I view my source, it places the tracking code in the <body> ...
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If I rename a sitemap, does it affect my SEO?

I would like to rename my sitemap: Would it affect my SEO at all? Would I have to resubmit it on GWT? If I have a sitemap-index.xml file, that remains the same, but I change the name of one of the ...
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httpcontext.rewritepath -> duplicate meta tag

We have a webpage that handle all car manufacturers. Page is called vehicule.aspx. We have a rewrite method for SEO purpose. We gave all manufacturers a unique URL that redirects to the above page. ...
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Big drop in Google's Index Status

For the last half a year the number of indexed pages for our site went ~100M pages down, and it's been on this lower level for quite some time already. The number of visits, sessions and crawled pages ...
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Redirected site to www and submitted www URLs but Search Console only shows 5 pages indexed

Recently I submitted the www version of my site to Google Search Console and 301 redirected all URLs from non-www to www. I submitted the URLs in my sitemap.xml. The problem is that I've submitted 62 ...
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What are the possible reasons for a sudden decrease in the number of images being indexed in my sitemap?

A number of sitemaps contain URLs, and a number of those URLs contain image URLs with captions, titles, etc. Suddenly over the past five days, there has been a drop in the number of images indexed by ...
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Does Google prefer HTML sitemaps or XML sitemaps? And does it hurt to implement both?

I just read that Google prefers HTML sitemaps. We have so far, only implemented an XML sitemap. Would it hurt to add an HTML sitemap, and not remove the XML sitemap? Also, can you submit the HTML ...
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Google Search Console: Severe health issues, some important page is blocked by robots.txt

I have just added a new property to the Google search console. I've added it as http://example.com and http://www.example.com. I receive the following error message: Severe health issues are found ...
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Accidentally submitted broken URLs in a sitemap. How can I stop Google crawling them?

We recently added a sitemap to our site but didn't exclude unpublished items (which, unless you're logged in as an admin, will 404). Google started trying to crawl them and as a result, we saw a huge ...
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Google Sitemap for multiple domains of same site

I have a website and its domain has been used for several years. Now I want to use an additional new name for the site, so I got a new domain. There are four valid addresses now: http://old.com, ...
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Enabling compression for font loaded via googleapi

I'm using Google Fonts (https://www.google.com/fonts) to add special fonts to a website. I chose to include the font via a link in the head: <link ...
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Malicious content detected by google webmasters tool

I have received a malicious content warning in search console (google webmaster tool). However, it has not listed any URL or detection date in the warning so I have no clue what's wrong with the site. ...
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Number of indexed pages with “site:” search less than reported in Google Webmaster Tools

In Google webmaster tools it shows that I have 309 pages indexed, but when I search using "site:site.com" appear about 180 only (On the first page appears "about 608 results," something near the total ...
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Google Search Console verification problem after blocking countries

I have recently blocked all countries except USA and Australia to access my web server as I was getting frequent attacks from many countries. My business is totally based in Australia and I don't ...
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How do I verify my www domain after verifying the non-www domain in Google Webmaster Tools

I have setup a 301 redirect from http://example.com to https://www.example.com and I have already verified the non-www version. How do I verify the www version of my site? Can I use the same ...
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How to see backlink history

Is there a way to see a graphical representation of a website's backlink history? I have tried Magestic SEO, but the data looks inaccurate: Does Google Webmaster Tools come with such a data ...
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hreflang tags in sitemaps - your site has no hreflang tags

We are using hreflang tags in our sitemaps and we're currently experiencing a number of issues with errors in WMT suggesting 'no return tags' and 'your site has no hreflang tags' that don't seem ...
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Submitting sitemap to Google Search Console: “General HTTP error: Domain name not found”

I'm having a lot of trouble getting google search console to work with my wordpress website. I'm hosting the website myself on VPS. Everytime i try to insert xml sitemap i get General HTTP error: ...
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Google Webmaster Tools, did I change my site address correctly?

About a week ago, I bought a new domain for my website and request a change in Google Webmaster Tools. I request address change both www and non-www old domain to new www domain. But after a week, ...
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Previous owner details in Google Search Console

I have recently added a new property in Google search console. Under verification details, I can see the verification attempts of the previous domain owner as well as their email address. Is this ...
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Google webmaster Tool showing : 170 not found 404 errors!

I have a website which is 2 years old and it is simple PHP pages. I had set up Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools for it. Just last week I removed that PHP website and installed a new ...
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Why are the total clicks in Google Search Console different from the sum of values in queries chart?

Please explain the situation presented in the following screen shot from the WMT SR clicks statistics. If it says "100 clicks" on the given date, why in the chart there present only 7+3+1+1=12 clicks? ...
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Google Doesn't Obey Canonical meta-tag for cross-domain

I'm working on a website that's normally accessed trough a load-balance. But we also have direct URL to each server. Lately, Google started to index the direct URLs to our servers, which is bad ...
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Re-submit a sitemap to Google Webmaster tools via command line? [closed]

I'm on Windows 8.1, trying to resubmit an existing sitemap to Google Webmaster tools via the commandline. I've read the documentation here but I can't get it to work. I've followed the instructions ...
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When will Google report correct results with its fetch tool?

I visited Google Webmaster Tools(Google Search Console) today after resubmitting sitemaps for my website, and while Google is happy to index more HTML pages of my site, it however has not indexed a ...
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Save Google Search Console reports for offline reading/backup

Google's Search Console does provide useful information to a webmaster. One problem is that the data is only available for the last 3 months or so. Sometimes you'd like to get a larger scale overview ...
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Does site structure/URL structure impact SEO? [duplicate]

We would like to change the following URLs as follows: (old versions to the left, being changed to new versions on the right) www.ex.com/xxx/full-seo-term -> www.ex.com/half-seo-term1/half-seo-term2 ...
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What causes an unknown error when trying to submit a page to index after fetching as google?

Sometimes I visit the "fetch as google" section of the Google Search Console (webmaster tools). I then request to fetch and render the page, everything seems ok. I then attempt to the submit the page ...
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Does removal of domain www prefix require Google address change tool?

I am aware of the Google webmaster tool for changing addresses, which according to the help applies for the following site moves: The protocol: http://www.example.com to https://www.example.com The ...
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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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Cached version of the site is different from “Fetch as Google” version

For some reason not all of the content that I can see at "Fetch as Google" appears in the cached version of the page. This same content also can't be found by Google Search. What can be the reason ...
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“No return tags” when using a XML sitemap

This questions is basically a duplicate of hreflang tags in sitemaps - your site has no hreflang tags, which got no responses, so I'm asking myself in turn. I'm not using HREFLANG tags in my HTML; ...
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Preventing a link on a page from being indexed and followed

I have read the post about how nofollow value impacts on crawlers/indexing. However the information from the post answers end on 2012. In my case, a have a file page that is indexed by Google. On ...
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Possible to check which links in a sitemap are indexed and which ones aren't?

Is it possible to check which links of the sitemap I've submitted are being indexed, and which ones are not? I've submitted my sitemap.xml without errors. When I check the sitemap in google search ...
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Google Webmaster Tools reports URLs blocked by robots.txt on my AVS tube website

I added a tube (with AVS script) in Google Webmaster Tools, but the issue is with the robots.txt file which is blocking everything. Here is my AVS tube robots.txt: User-agent: * Allow: / Disallow: ...
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International Targeting “no return tags”

Google Webmaster Tools has added an International Targeting Report to show hreflang errors. There's a section that reports "no return tags" errors with Originating URL & Alternate URL columns. ...
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How to find the “dangerous pages” in Google Webmaster Tools?

In google webmaster tools how can I find the dangerous pages in my website? i.e When I check the security of my website in Google, it says there are dangerous pages in my website. So how can I ...
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In which webmaster property should I submit the HTTPS sitemap after moving site from HTTP to HTTPS?

We have the following properties in Google Webmaster Tools: www.example.com (was preferred) example.com https://www.example.com https://example.com The old sitemap, ie. the HTTP sitemap.xml which ...
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Has Google WMT removed the “change of address” tool?

I went over the side menus in WMT and didn't find the "change of address" tool there. Have Google removed it? If so, is there any other decent way to inform them of any domain change?
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Moving folder's content to a new domain, what SEO steps to take?

So, we have a functionality on example.com/folder that we decided to make as separate site and we're in need of moving it to a new domain (brand it)... This is what I'm going to make SEO wise ...