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

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changing URL format afftects SEO reputation and not considering 301 redirection

We had URL http://www.example.com/category/subcategory.html which changed to http://www.example.com/category/filter/cat/subcategory.html We did 301 redirection, updated canonical URL to new one also ...
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Google Webmaster Tools says my XML sitemap “appears to be an HTML page”

We're running a lot of sites and we've started to get a lot of these errors in Webmaster Tools: Sitemap is HTML Your Sitemap appears to be an HTML page. Please use a supported sitemap format ...
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Google Webmaster Tools not showing index pages

I have submitted sitemap and also fetched pages of my sites but still its showing error like "domain with protocol https://www.domain-name is not available try with http://www.domain-name.html". ...
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How to handle URL parameter for mobile site

I have a phpBB forum with a skin for mobile users. Some javascript detects your device/resolution and sends you to the mobile skin or not. The URL's remain the same, it's based on a cookie. People ...
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Phishing alert but file never existed

I got an alert from Google Webmasters. They say the following file was present in my host: example.com/~jhostgop/identity.php I checked my files and it never existed at all. I've experience this ...
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How do I fix “high response time” warnings from Google Webmaster Tools?

In my Google Webmaster Tools account, there is warnings about my site: Some URLs listed in this sitemap have a high response time. This may indicate a problem with your server or with the content ...
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Why the amount of 'indexed' images can go down?

I have a site with several thousand of images. All those images included into the sitemap submitted to Google Webmaster Tools. The amount of 'submitted' images is OK, but the amount of 'indexed' is ...
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Is it a problem for Google if robots.txt blocks URLs in the sitemap?

I had submitted my site's URL to Google Webmaster Tools. I am using OpenCart. I also have robots.txt file which is accessible to Googlebot. Now issue I am facing: Googlebot is blocked from accessing ...
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Crawl errors and duplicate URL

I am getting lots of crawl errors, Google is adding main domain to the URL: sitemapxml: ...
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The “Total Indexed” is always zero in Google Webmaster Tools

I'm a newbie in Google Webmaster Tools. I've verified my site, created my sitemap and submitted it to the google webmaster account. But after a week of waiting I've found that 46 out of 250 URLs in ...
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Detecting structured data in Google Webmaster Tools

We have added some schema.org markup to a dozen of webpages on our website to provide rich snippets in Google SERP (different types, such as authorship and reviews). They are correct - at least, ...
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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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Query Data from www or nowww?

I'm currently looking at a Google Webmaster Tools Account that has been set up by the client using both www and nowww. Traffic is being redirected to the www version. In order to analyze Search ...
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Webmasters hentry error and authorless pages

Within Google Webmasters Search Appearance->Structured data I'm getting a series of errors: Error: Missing required hCard "author". And most of my 44 errors have: Missing: Author Missing: ...
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What does “Disallow: /search” mean in robots.txt?

In my blog's Google Webmaster Tools panel, I found the following code in my robots.txt of blocked URLs section. User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow: /search Allow: / I know that Disallow will ...
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What should I do when the maximum sitemap size limit is reached according to Google Webmaster Tools?

We have an existing sitemap with the URL: http://example.com/sitemap/sitemap.xml It was submitted to Google Webmaster Tools a long time ago and almost all the pages were indexed, but recently we ...
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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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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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Google Webmaster Tools “increase in not found errors” is wrong

I got a ton of not found errors in Google Webmaster Tools, but the weird thing is, all of the pages ARE found. There is absolutely no error in the URLs they list that supposedly don't exist. Why is ...
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My Xmap generated sitemap is not being submitted

I m using Joomla Xmap component for creating sitemap. Here is the URL of my Xmap generated Sitemap: http://www.acethehimalaya.com/index.php?option=com_xmap&sitemap=1&view=xml I tried to ...
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Remove URL's - Site Removal instead of Web Page removal

Can somebody please advise why www.website.com/?p=1 comes up with Site Removal rather than Webpage Removal when I submit the URL in Webmaster Tools? It is the Hello World! post that came installed ...
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URL Removal - Incorrect URL

I have recently updated a website for a friend and found that the WordPress 'Hello World' page was showing in Google results. I used the URL removal tool and asked for this to be removed, however it ...
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Google Webmaster tools and geotargeting at TLD and Folder levels

Hoping you can help us with this question: We are one Canada’s leading websites with a PR8. For privacy's sake, let's call our main URL www.OurMainWebsite.com As we are expanding globally, we are ...
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Highlighting Data for an Architecture Firm

I'm doing some design work for an architecture firm here in town over the next few weeks. They had a very lacking website previously and want something newer and easier to use. In the process they ...
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301 redirected an entire website 4.5 months ago; still showing up in Google search results?

Consolidated two websites on December 9, 2013; a site wide page-to-page 301 redirect was implemented which redirects site A to site B Website A (the one being redirected) is: Still showing up in ...
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Soft 404 error on redirected outbound links

I have a redirect script on my site which sends visitors to an affiliate site. However in the last month I've noticed that Google webmaster tools is reporting my outbound links as a 404 error. Here is ...
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Using Google Webmaster Tools “change of address” feature for HTTP to HTTPS migration

I'm trying to use change of address in Google Webmaster Tools, and I've followed the instructions and set a 301 redirect for all requests to HTTPS. My site has always used HTTP with a 301 for no-www, ...
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GWT: reporting crawling errors for non existing links

Google Webmaster Tools is reporting crawl errors for links that never existed, and if i check the "Linked from" tab for a given error link, it shows another that never existed. They all mention ...
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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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Problems ranking in different countries for .com site [closed]

I've got something confused with Google.com My website is hosted in United states, and its language is English. However, when i search a keyword in India, actually my website naming keyword.com, my ...
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Why is Google Webmaster Tools account showing fewer indexed pages than a site: search?

When I have check my website index pages it is showing only 252 pages are indexed but when I checked through Google Search by typing site:http://www.example.com then is showing more then 900 pages are ...
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What does a decimal number mean in the Avg. position report in Google Webmaster Tools?

Do decimal numbers like 6.8 in the Avg. position report in Google Webmaster Tools mean that the URL appeared on page 6 in the 8th position? If that is true, I am surprised that a searcher would ...
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Does the Instant Preview in Google webmaster tools takes Robot.txt in account?

Is that the way to go If I want to visually see what the googlebot see? I'm trying to check a folder which I have just blocked in my robots.txt. If I fetch the folder as google bot, It fetches ok, ...
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Different blocked URLs stats in Google Webmaster Tools

Just want to know I got different blocked URLs stats at Google Webmaster Tools. I blocked entire site for revamp and latest builds implementation. Here are different stats Under Health tab > Blocked ...
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Google webmaster reconsideration requests without manual actions

my site ranking decreases in Google results suddenly about ten days ago. I read many articles about it at support.google.com, but I didn't find the problem. Also there is no manual action in ...
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Google Webmaster Tools crawl error with 'function.session-start' URLs

I've got following error URLs from the Google Webmaster Tools crawl errors. http://www.mydomain.com/mydomain/shirts/function.session-start I've checked the those pages that links from but I didn't ...
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Content keywords are unimportant in Google Webmaster Tools

When I check Google Index > Content Keywords in Google Webmaster Tools, it shows lots of unimportant keywords like: to, is, are, from, in, on, we, you and etc. That's very natural these words are ...
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Moved sitemaps to a different subdomain and losing search referrals around the same time. Red herring or correlation?

We started to lose search referral traffic around the same time that I moved some of our sitemaps to a subdomain. Could this have hurt us? I followed Google's steps to creating a sitemap under a ...
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How long for data highlighter mark up to appear in structured data tool?

I used the data highlighter in webmaster tools over 3 weeks ago to mark up some local business data, but there is still no structured data being detected in webmaster tools. Does any body have any ...
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Warning in Google structured data: either price or review or availability needs to be present

I am using the Google structured data testing tool to validate a site. All seems to work fine however I have not been able to solve the following warning (although availability is clearly present) ...
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How to properly use Google Webmaster Tools (for “non-www” instead of “www”)

I'm trying to use Google Webmaster Tools correctly: I don't use the www in my website's URL, but just noticed that I must have entered the www when I originally added my site to Webmaster Tools a few ...
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Should I use a subdomain provided by WordPress or a custom domain in Google Webmaster Tools?

I have a blog at domain.wordpress.com and I'm buying the custom domain domain.com. Which domain (domain.wordpress.com or domain.com) should I register in Google Webmaster Tools?
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Why does Webmaster tools show duplicate Meta Descriptions for correctly redirected pages?

I have two pages that show up as having duplicate meta descriptions (and duplicate title tags) on my website. However, these are old links to a page that has moved location twice so they both ...
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Can Campaign URL tags cause a soft 404 error?

I was checking out one of my company's website's Webmaster Tools to analyze the cause behind some soft 404 errors and discovered that a few of the older errors had affiliate mp referral tags listed as ...
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Benefit of Google Highlighter

Has anyone used Google's Data Highlighter tool and compared the benefit of using it against adding structured data without using the Highlighter? I've coded in Schema tags within the markup of our ...
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Google WebMaster Tools Reports a Significant Increase in 500 Response Code Errors

Google's Webmaster tools shows lots of Crawl Errors. They are reported as 500 response code. How can I go about diagnosing this issue? The website is eCommerce business using the Magento ...
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How to show Google Website is Beta Version

I am developing a new version of my old website. The new version is slightly to be released in the coming month. I would like to show Google , that my new version of my website is in beta mode for few ...
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How do I fix the Google Webmaster Tools warning: “URL not followed?”

A few days after submitting my sitemap to Google, I received this warning: When we tested a sample of URLs from your Sitemap, we found that some URLs redirect to other locations. We recommend ...
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Google webmaster showing duplicate meta descriptions for search directory

What is the best way to get rid of this error in Google Webmasters? Do I really need to add "- Page 2" at the end of the descripton? Page Description Kansas basketball tournaments posted by ...
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Is there any way to determine how often content gets one-boxed by Google?

Google is increasingly including one-boxed content in search results. See this one-boxed result from Quora, for instance: This feature is part of an effort first rolled out in 2009 to deliver ...