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 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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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 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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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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Sudden Drop in Impressions After Host / CMS Switch?

We have a site that was previously run on Wordpress on a different host, but has now been switched to RiVista (a proprietary CMS). The site was cut over a week or two ago. I realize that a ...
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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 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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Is it possible to know impressions of other websites?

Google Webmasters's Dashboard gives you a big number which is called impressions, and that I've seen in Google Analytics. By definition, it means the total number of times your site has been become ...
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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 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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Index status shows significantly less pages than search results? *Not a New Site

I am trying to understand how within Google Webmaster Tools (Google Index>Index Status) I can have a figure of 2,000 total indexed pages (and falling daily) yet when I search Google using the (site:) ...
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Apparent Bot Impressions in Webmaster Tools

I've been watching some strange stats in Google Webmaster Tools for a particular page on our site, which has been getting some periods of very high impressions but little or no clicks, and then just ...
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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 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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Understanding Google webmaster hAtom errors

A website I am working on is showing tons of errors in the google webmasters tools under the structured data section. Most of the errors are missing author and updated, and there are some missing ...
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Is it possible to reduce the number of “Site Links” displayed in google search results through Webmaster Tools?

I know I am able to demote links I don't want to appear, but what I really want to do is reduce the number of site links from 6 to 4. Does anyone know if this is possible or how to achieve it?
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What does it mean if Google has its own links to your page displayed in Google Webmaster Tools?

I am just curious about the following: When viewing links to my site in Google Webmaster Tools I see all my usual links, but recently something I find strange has popped up: Google itself is ...
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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 ...
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Total Indexed 0, 99 not selected in webmaster tools

I recently changed domain names from xxx.com to xxx.ca I created all the 301's submitted sitemaps and submitted a change of address to google webmaster tools on Dec 16th. I've since seen urls change ...
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Huge drop off in Google “indexed” pages after switching to HTTPS, should I switch back to HTTP?

I did a full redesign of my website to make it responsive (bootstrap), added localization, and also switched the whole website to use HTTPS. My website use to default to http://www.domain.com/ and ...
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Webmaster Tools: Mobile Usability Warnings - How to deal with adverts?

I have received last week a warning from Google Webmaster Tools about the fact that my website is not mobile-friendly. And it is not. The reason why we didn't opt for a responsive design is that ...
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Is there any benefit to having a link to your website's XML sitemap?

In Google's WebmasterTools, I submitted my site's XML sitemap, which is accessible through www.mysite.com/sitemap. However, no where on the site do I have an actual link that points to this. Is ...
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Why can't I verify my website with Google?

Here's the error I receive when trying to verify: Verification failed for http://oracleoflegends.com/ using the Google Analytics method (1 minute ago). Your verification file returns a status ...
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Google follows disabled options on “get” forms

I have the following get form on my website for language switching. <form method="get" action="?"> <label for="language">Language: </label> <select id="language" name="...
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How to Remove a URL in Google Webmaster Tools

I need to remove a URL "foo" at www.example.com/foo. But when I type the URL under "Remove URL" and hit continue, on the next page I see the URL changed to http://example.com/www.example.com/foo ...
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Are multiple unrelated links to my site from a single domain damaging?

In GWT I can see a site which has 283 links to a single page on my site. Their content is completely irrelevant to my site (see image below). I can't even find where the actual link is on their pages,...
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Delay before getting URLs into Google's in web index?

4 days ago, I have submitted a sitemap.xml into Google's WebMaster Tool for a new website. It contains 3 entries. I have tested the site map and Google found not errors. In about how much time can I ...
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Transfer Google Webmaster Tools data to another account

How can I transfer my Google Webmaster Tools data to another account?
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How often are “Links to Your Site” updated in the Google Webmaster tool?

How often are "Links to Your Site" updated in the Google Webmaster tool? I found this thread with various replies on the matter, from "every few days" and "around 20 to 30 days" to "backlinks to my ...
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Help Google to identify my site as a “web application”

I have a web application, and I want Google to identify it as a "web application". I've had a look at Rich Snippets, but there is just an option to "software application" which refers to a desktop ...
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Solving “Googlebot encountered extremely large numbers of links on your site.”

I'm getting the following warning over and over again in google webmaster tools Googlebot encountered extremely large numbers of links on your site. The examples he's showing don't give me much ...
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Is it possible to find out whether one given page has been indexed?

When one submits sitemaps in Google Webmaster, Google may not index all pages of your site/blog. Is there a way to find out whether one specific page belonging to the sitemap has been indexed or not? ...
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How can I get a list of all indexed pages for my domain?

We're in the process of migrating an outdated e-commerce cart to Magento. Part of this process will entail configuring proper 301 redirects. I'm aiming to get a list of all indexed pages to throw ...
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Informing Google of URL Structure Change

I have a website and the URLS were constructed like so: /index.php/Topic /index.php/AnotherTopic These were indexed in google and search results returned that pointed to these. However, I've ...
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Why is “www.mysite.com” different from “mysite.com”?

In any browser if I use www.mysite.com or just mysite.com the web page is correctly retrieved, but I am having trouble with Google Analytics and Facebook App. Facebook: To be able to get Likes, I ...
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Does Google Webmaster Tools show nofollow links in 'Links to your site'?

We have made some links nofollow in recent weeks, but they are still showing up in Google Webmaster Tools. Does GWT ignore these links? Will they vanish as the index is updated, or do even nofollow ...
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Multiple webmaster tools accounts on website

I've got a google webmasters tool account with a website I help look after, they've employed the services of an SEO/SEM company* who have asked to add google/microsoft/yahoo webmasters tools accounts ...
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Why is Google putting new content straight into its Supplemental Index?

We have had problems with our web pages being put into Google's Supplemental Index. We have recently corrected what we believe were all the problems that might have caused this. However, Google still ...
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Can a very large not-so-relevant sitemap hurt my site to Google’s eyes?

I have a Wiki site (running MediaWiki) which I am trying to optimize in terms of page speed and SEO. One of the many things in my to-do list is submit a sitemap on Google Webmaster tools, now here is ...
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Many “429” crawl errors in Google Webmaster Tools with GoDaddy Managed Wordpress Hosting and Cloudflare

Following setup: GoDaddy Managed Wordpress Hosting + SSL Cloudflare as CDN Google Webmaster Tools shows all pages with 429 crawl error. I tested manually and with tools like monitor.us and I ...
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How do I stop Soft 404 errors from piling up for “No Results” page?

Recently, I noticed that I have a growing list of Soft 404 errors in Google Webmaster Tools. They are all for dynamically generated search result pages that report "No matches found". I do understand ...
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How often does GWT check dynamic sitemaps?

I'm working on a fairly large site, that generates a dynamic sitemap hourly. Now in Google Webmaster Tools the sitemap isn't submitted yet and I'm shying away because I'm afraid that the new content (...