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

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The Sitemap Paradox

We use a sitemap on Stack Overflow, but I have mixed feelings about it. Web crawlers usually discover pages from links within the site and from other sites. Sitemaps supplement this data to allow ...
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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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I'm using a vanity country code top level domain (ccTLD), can I persuade Google to geotarget a different region?

Because I'm still living like it's 2008, I run a website with a .in TLD. The website has nothing to do we India and does not target Indian users. Unfortunately, when I go to Google Webmaster Tools I ...
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How to get tens of millions of pages indexed by Google bot?

We are currently developing a site that currently has 8 million unique pages that will grow to about 20 million right away, and eventually to about 50 million or more. Before you criticize... Yes, it ...
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SEO (or other) problems with a 404?

I am a member of a writing website called HubPages. We are each given a subdomain on which to write articles and are also given access to Google Webmaster Tools for our subdomain. Upon checking out ...
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Why the number of indexed pages decreased for a “site:” search

Recently I created a website with hundreds of thousands of unique pages. A week ago, Google had indexed about 250,000 pages. It has now decreased to 90k URLs (using a site:domain.com query). What ...
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Is it better to have an ErrorDocument 404 redirect back to the homepage or a standard 404 error page?

We run an ecommerce site that was setup by a third party ecommerce software provider, basic shop with product pages, basket and checkout. The third party vendor set up the htaccess file so that if 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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Thousands of 404 errors in Google Webmaster Tools

Because of a former error in our ASP.Net application, created by my predecessor and undiscovered for a long time, thousands of wrong URLs where created dynamically. The normal user did not notice it, ...
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Are there any clear indicators that my sitemap file is beneficial?

I have recently created a sitemap.xml file and uploaded it to my Google Webmasters Tools account. Google didn't report any issues or errors with the uploaded sitemap of my site. Now my question is: ...
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Moving from http to https - Google Search Console

I'm moving from HTTP to HTTPS for my entire site. The site is currently added to Google Webmaster Tools as www.example.com and all the pages are indexed without using SSL. How do I go about moving to ...
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Huge drop [50%] in traffic after HTTPS move

Currently look after 3 websites. I changed one of them to be HTTPS as it's ecommerce, however have seen a huge drop in organic traffic since this was implemented. Went from around 800 impressions to ...
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Should I submit https:// and https://www in webmaster tools?

In my site I'm redirecting everything (http://, http://www., https://) to https://www.example.com. Google webmaster tools says: Make sure you add both "www" and "non-www" versions for your site. ...
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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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Moving site from its own domain to sub directory or subdomain - updating Webmaster Tools

Is it possible to tell Google's Webmaster Tools that our site hosted on www. has moved to a sub folder or perhaps even a subdomain? I know this is possible by using 301's but would appreciate if ...
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“Temporarily unreachable” when using fetch as Googlebot from Webmasters Tools

The page I'm trying to fetch is public. The server logs show no request. Google reports that any page on my site is "Temporarily unreachable". It won't even fetch the verification file, a static ...
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Does Google respect a redirect header for robots.txt to a different file name?

With respect to robots.txt requests, Google states "Redirects will generally be followed until a valid result can be found". Does this mean that, if I create a 301 redirect for ...
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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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Blocked urls by Google

I have a website which is 2 years old now. I saw it after a long time now and was shocked to see that Google robot has blocked 104 pages of my website. I saw this through webmaster tools. IS there any ...
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Even though I have <title> tag, Google show the name of the link instead of the actual title in results

I noticed today that in some cases in the google results of my page, some of the title results are shown not with the <title> tag, but with the link name. Fore example if the contact link is ...
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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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How exactly is Google Webmaster Tools measuring “Site Performance”?

I've been working for two months now on improving our response time (mainly server side) on a new forum (a brand new product on a technical point of view) we've launched in Germany a few month ago and ...
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Google Webmaster Tools Index Status is 0 but sitemap URL shows indexed

I've added my site to Google Webmaster Tools. The site was submitted a few weeks ago. The index status shows 0 but it shows 6 URLs have been indexed in the sitemaps section. If I search in Google I ...
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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 says no structured data exists when content only shows up with user interaction

I have a website and I am working over its SEO. I have put all required structured data in it as per my knowledge and have also tested it with Google Webmaster's Structured Data Testing Tool and it ...
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Why do Outdated Page and Cache Removals self-happen in Google Webmaster Tools?

Take a look at the following screenshot I took from Google Webmaster Tools "Remove URLs" page: None of these were performed by me or others who have access to GWT. How do these removal requests ...
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Unwanted Content Keywords registering by Google

I've been working on a site for a new company that is in the tactical gear/survival gear niche and have ran into a hitch with the keywords that Google ranks for the site. Namely 4 of the top 5 ...
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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 ...
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How to get Google PageRank (from the toolbar) to increase from 0?

I have an issue with the Google PageRank of my site, the PR of this site is 0. I've tried many ways to increase the PR: I submitted the site in webmasters created sitemap.xml filled all meta ...
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Website being indexed twice by Google, one with the correct sublinks and the other with all sublinks redirecting to homepage

As that title says, my website is being indexed by Google twice. Both indexes have the right SEO information for the home page, such as title and description. However for the sublinks there are two ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Webmaster Tools shows URL errors linked from http://com.example.www/:http

I have a bog standard WordPress 4.2.1 site. I recently added it to Webmaster Tools and it is showing me URL errors (404s) that are linked from a weird URL: http://com.example.www/:http (I have ...
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Why does Google show sitelinks for our domain with one search and not another?

The name of our company is G2 Builders - What is happening is that if you go to google and type in "G2 Builder" with no "s" at the end, our website has sitelinks. When you type in our name with the ...
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Meta Descriptions not working for google search

I have unique meta descriptions on each of my pages, and when I search my site in google it will come up with no description. Any idea what I might have done wrong?
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Google Webmaster Tools reporting non-existent links

GWT is reporting 404 crawl errors on pages that have never been part of the website. For example, it's reporting crawl errors on several non-existent pages such as ...
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How to tell Google Webmaster that I combine 2 website?

I have an online store that is already around for 5 years – let's say the web address is oldsite.com. It has about 1,000-2,000 visitor/day, about 18,000 indexed page. But oldsite.com is using a very ...
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Google search results not showing my events rich snippets but does in test tool

When I search on "tennessee basketball tournaments", I see my result, but my events dont show up. I believe I did everything right since this is an ajax page, but I tell Google that ...
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Google shows “search instead for” when searching for our website

Our website is new and the name is similar (only one letter different than another website) completely different type and company though. searching for xxxxxA works OK in Google and we find ...
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How long before Google counts my .htaccess 301 redirect links?

I have a friend who had around 2000 visitors per day to his website before a web designer with no SEO knowledge changed all his URLs. I've used the Wayback Machine and Google Analytics to determine ...
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proper use google webmaster tools URL Parameters

There are some urls like http://domain.com/user/:username and http://domain.com/post/:id on my website, the username and id is the parameter from database. I try to let google crawler more efficiently ...
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“High response time” warnings in Google Webmaster Tools

In my Google Webmaster Tools account, there are 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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Do Google sitemap URLs need to be double urlencoded?

Do Google sitemap URLs need to be double urlencoded? I am submitting my sitemaps to Google and Google is having difficulty navigating to URLs that contain urlencoded characters. An example of a ...
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Sudden decrease in pages crawled per day

During the last few days, Googlebot has crawled much less page in my site than it normally does. I'm not seeing any new errors, and haven't identified a reason for this. Is such a hugh and sudden ...
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Fake Links Showing up in Google Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster tools is reporting a large increase in 'not found errors' on my site, and I see approximately 1700 'Not Found Errors over the past 2 months. All of them are for a url that is ...
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SEO - 2 websites in the same domain

I have my domain (http://www.foobar.com, for example) and my website talks about technology. I want to have another website (with other content, not about technology) inside of it ...