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

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Should I replace non-user friendly URLs with friendly ones, and if so, how?

I have just added my site to Google Web Master Tools and discovered that some links (for example: In the section "Search Query / Top pages") have a URL format like: example.com/page.php?id=1234 This ...
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What to do if Google starts to index fewer pages from your site?

How do I find out why Google is now indexing fewer pages from my site? Here is what Google's help says although I don't find it that helpful: A steady increase in the number of crawled and ...
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Google follows JavaScript string as relative path - produces 404 error

This is my first question on here so I hope I'm not breaking any rules, but I have a problem: I have a site that uses an Adobe Site Catalyst for its online analytics. The suite supports tagging ...
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sitemap.xml file extension, does it have to be .xml?

Do XML sitemap files have to end with the .xml file extension? On the Bigcommerce platform, their XML sitemap file are defined as: http://www.examplesite.com/xmlsitemap.php The sitemap file is ...
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How does Google have more results than I have pages?

Our site has about 6500 pages. These are kept up to date in our sitemap.xml. When I go to our Google Webmaster Tools account I see that Google has indexed about 6000 of our pages. This seems quite ...
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.co.uk targeted for google.co.uk .com targeted for google.com

We've had a website running on a .co.uk domain for some years, this domain is listed in the SERPS for our brand on both google.co.uk and google.com. We get little traffic from anywhere other than the ...
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Google is giving a “Malware Warning” on my site, but why?

I've inherited the development of a site that I designed but did not build - actually two sites. http://kenbrook.org and http://kenbrookyouth.com (same site also via http://youth.kenbrook.org). So ...
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Google sitemap hasn't been indexed after a few months

A few months ago I created a WordPress blog, installed the SEO by Yoast plugin, and submitted a sitemap to Google's Webmaster Tools. However, my sitemap hasn't been indexed. I've sent an e-mail to ...
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Data disappears from Google Webmaster Tools after configuring a canonical URL in my site

I have a website, let's say www.example.com, that I added to Google Webmaster Tools without establishing any preferred domain. A couple of months ago, we decided to configure our site to establish ...
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Google indexes a completely DIFFERENT title for my web site. What can I do?

I have a strange problem. I have read about this problem in other questions but mine is different in a strange way. After a back up at my web hosting company, Google indexes my website with tags such ...
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How does Google track impressions for SEO: does it count times where it is in the results, but not visible?

I am quite aware about what SEO impressions are: i.e. number of times your site result are listed in the Google search results. But are the impressions are counted if they are visible at least once in ...
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Viral posts and links

This might be a bit of a strange question, but here goes. Over the past month, I have written 2 posts for my website, which have gone viral on social media, which have resulted in about, 30k visitors ...
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What is the right value in robots.txt for wordpress blog ?

I migrated my wordpress site from godaddy to AWS and converted to a php site with wordpress into a sub directory, blog. My main site has few pages. When I look at content keywords after few weeks in ...
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Google stores user input from site URL

I use both with URL param and without. For example: http://www.wwwsitus.com/code/googlemap.php http://www.wwwsitus.com/code/?q=reg&foo=verif I then type others (fake param/url) in that url, as ...
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What difference does it make if i add both versions of my website to google webmaster tools one is with 'www' and another is without 'www'

What is the exact difference between website with www and without www and how does google counts on it. I have added my website in google webmaster tools and verified it successfully with www, now ...
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Facets: Googlebot encountered extremely large numbers of links on your site

We are encountering the following issue: Googlebot encountered extremely large numbers of links on your site. The site is an ecommerce site and has around 12M pages indexed in Google. From the ...
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Thousands Of RSS Feed Backlinks

We have two separate business sites: .US and .AU which are pretty similar, but we actually don't operate the .Au site content or upkeep ourselves. When I'm checking backlinks (in Google Webmaster ...
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Spam links injected into GWT's Structured Data Testing Tool?

When I examine one of my self-hosted WordPress sites using the Structured Data Testing Tool of Google Webmaster Tools, I was shocked to see links to 2 spam sites inside the "HTML" tab! However, when ...
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Indexed webpages stopped rising, while Submited keep rising normally

Last months I have noticed a strange behaviour in Google's Webmaster Tools. Although I provide a valid Sitemap for my website, which is normally processed and without any issues from Google, while ...
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Trace user history in Google Webmaster Tools

I have more than one user for a website in Google Webmaster Tools. How can I trace the history of user actions such as "Remove URLs" and so on?
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Google Rich Snippets indexing fall

To 12th November 2013 there were about 3000 pages with structured data indexed for our site according to Google Webmaster Tools. There were stars and all related information in search results. But ...
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URL/Crawl Errors continue to increase after pharma hack

I'm working with a site that was hacked a couple of months ago and was sending out a ton of spam. The problem seemed to have started with a dormant WordPress blog that was part of the site (so the ...
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Googlebot craw rate is too slow for a huge site

I have a new website with 140k pages, according to my sitemaps. After submission of my sitemap index to Google, the Googlebot has started crawling the site a couple of hours ago, and at a steady pace,...
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What happens when you suddenly get too many back links from a single domain?

I'm quite baffled by this issue and I have absolutely no idea who could be causing it. I have a normal php page and we are optimizing it for few keywords. We have been doing general SEO activities ...
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Migration Joomla to Codeigniter - GWT reporting lots of 404's - How to fix

I recently created a whole new fitted system structure for a site previously running on Joomla 1.5 CMS. They wanted something more simple and elegant, and their back-end was a mess of modules and ...
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Fetch as Google goes infinite loop (again)

A couple of days ago, I faced an issue with Google Webmaster's Fetch as Google functionality. The page was going into an infinite refresh loop. I started a thread on Google's forum. The issue ...
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Just after updating a page, is there any action that I should do for google indexing?

I have found out that one of my pages has weak SEO and shows in the later pages of google. So I modified my page a little and added some description etc. Now is there a way to tell google that I have ...
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Google is not indexing my entire site despite having a sitemap

I have an e-commerce website www.beyondtime.in. I have been constantly monitoring Googlebot crawling on my website and my webmaster account. Lately, I have found two issues that I have not been able ...
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Can´t verify my site on Google (error 403 Forbidden). I have other sites in the same host with no problems whatsoever

I can´t verify my site on Google. I´ve done this several times for several sites, all inside the same host. I´ve tried the HTML tag method, HTML upload, Domain Name provider (I canp´t find the ...
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Google Webmasters Tools strange 404 errors referred from same site

Starting about a month ago, I noticed a sudden increase in 404 errors in Webmasters Tools for one of my sites (over 1400 errors so far). All the errors are being referred from my own site to non ...
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If the impressions are very high and clicks are very low, should the keywords be changed?

I have worked very hard for my website. We update it every two days. The site's impressions are good but the click through rate is like 0. Its been 6 months but it has not performed well in searches. ...
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Troubleshooting Google Author

I have successfully implemented the neat Google Author feature on my Computer Performance website. However, I am struggling to set it up on my fashion-era.com website. The only difference is that ...
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Getting less impressions than my website's position in search results would suggest

I have a site that ranks 3rd for the term "e decorating". According to google's keyword tool that gets 12,000 monthly impressions. However, according to google's webmaster's tools, I'm only getting ...
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404 errors showing in Google Webmaster Tools

My Google Webmaster Tools account, shows that I have crawling errors that are caused by links to pages that do not exist (404 not found). But when I look at the source pages that are accused of ...
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SEO friendly way of linking/redirecting 2 domains to 1 - shoes example ;)

Suppose I have a shoe shop with website: example.com. I generate some traffic, but only 10 visitors per week. I then realize that green shoes are very popular and what everybody searches for. Of ...
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where can I get list of google excluded words, like, to, is, am, in, of, the, ?

where can I get list of google excluded words, like, to, is, am, in, of, the, ? When a search is performed in google? I hope you have understood what I want .. about the list of google excluded ...
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How to set crawl rate in Google Webmaster Tools for seven days or a month?

My web host is blocking IPs which make many requests. This includes Googlebot. I found this by checking my webmaster tools account. There it said "network unreachable" for all the URLs which are ...
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Where is the query string pagewanted=all coming from?

On my site I use CodeIgniter, which does not allow any use of query strings. Any unacceptable characters in a URL result in a 400 error. In Google Webmaster Tools I'm seeing several crawl errors ...
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Google spam report, have they ever punished a bad site you reported?

You have reported a bad site on Google Webmaster Tools SPAM report. Assuming you are sure it was a bad site, did you see Google punishing it or doing something after your report? Thanks
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What does the ~ symbol mean in search analytics in Google Search Console?

I'm using search analytics in GSC to figure out how many people access my site through Google on different devices. Sometimes when I do comparisons, I see a ~ as a value. I assume it means the same ...
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How does Google rank crawl errors in Search Console

In Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools) I am viewing the report at crawl > crawl errors. I see that Google has set a 'priority' for these 404s. I'm curious how Google determines what is a ...
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Google rates a directory listing that is never linked from the site as not mobile friendly

I updated my web site to be mobile friendly last year and everything seemed to be OK, Google and other tests reported that it was now mobile friendly. However, I just logged into my Webmaster Tools ...
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Analyzing branded vs non-branded SEO transactions using Google Analytics and Google Search Console

I have a well indexed site say: example.com. I use webmaster for keyword/traffic analysis, Google Analytics for many other things like performance, transactions calculations(using sale performance, e-...
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Google blocks map API, GWT shows severity high, will this cause SEO problems?

Google blocked map API, GWT showed severity high. What is the effect on SEO?
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Is duplicate title tags an issue when they're redirected?

According to Google Webmaster Tools, I have a number of duplicate title tags. This happens because my products all have two URLs: /products/product and /product/product-category/product. /products/...
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Employee has left but and been removed from website but searching for their name still returns website

An Employee of ours left November last year, and any mention of them has been removed from our website, but when searching their name in Google our site still returns as one of the top results. We ...
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Google Webmaster Tools - Duplicate content (slash and none slash version of a page)

Google Webmaster Tools shows a lot of duplicate content in the following pages: www.example.com/example www.example.com/example/ I do NOT offer two versions of any page on my website, when you ...
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Sitemap is “pending” in Webmaster Tools after submitting an an unusually large number of links with it

I recently submitted to Google 17,000 links to businesses in my database. In the past I've only ever submitted 2 or 3 hundred. The sitemap has been listed in Webmaster Tools for the past five days ...
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Resetting sitemap warnings in Webmaster Tools

Back in the day when I was updating my website and had errors, Google Webmaster Tools took note of it and gave my sitemap files warnings. Now I decided to start over new again by uploading brand new ...
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How often does GWT re-generate Mobile Usability test report?

I know I can use Mobile-Friendly Test and PageSpeed Insights to test usability but is there a way to manually run Mobile Usability test direct from GWT? If I have to wait until GWT runs this test, how ...