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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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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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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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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Geographic location settings

I am building an website. It has an .nl domain. Now only my domain is showing up on google.nl I hope I can change this somehow that it could be findable in all google's (like google.com / co.uk) and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which pages from the sitemap are not indexed by Google?

I have a sitemap file that has been submitted to Google, and has been processed, according to Google Webmaster Tools. As per GWT for 2013-05-31, 8255 web-pages are submitted, but only 8209 are ...
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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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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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How can I block traffic from this referrer?

I'm getting a lot of spam referral traffic from semalt.semalt.com/referral on my website. I took a look at the link and there’s very little information about this. The number of website visits is ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What constitutes a “substantial, good-faith effort to remove the links”

We engaged the services of a 3rd party SEO consultant to assist us in managing our Meta data and to write regular blogs on our site http://cyberdesignworks.com.au Without our authorisation, the SEO ...
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Can I invoke Google to check my robots.txt?

I read the answers in this question, but they still leave my question open: Does Google cache robots.txt? I didn't find a way in the Google Webmaster Tools to invoke a re-download of my robots.txt. ...
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Should I Include RSS Feed URLs in an XML Sitemap?

Simple question - Should I Include the RSS Feed URLs in my site's XML Sitemap? I am NOT asking whether I should USE an RSS Feed AS an XML sitemap, but rather, should I include the URLs to the ...
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Why is Google Webmaster Tools crawling invalid URLS and showing 500 errors?

Google Webmaster tools is reporting 12k+ 500 errors. Eeek! None of the URLS are valid- they all contain www.youtube.com. First, why is Google crawling these URLS if they don't exist? I supplied a ...
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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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robots.txt not updated

I have updated some url's and files in robots.txt file to block url's and files from google search results but, still files displaying in search results. As per a suggestion from a site I tried to ...
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Google Webmaster tools “Time spent downloading a page”

In Google Webmaster Tools -> Diagnostics -> Crawl Stats, there is a chart Time spent downloading a page (in milliseconds). What is that chart measuring? Is it the time to fetch the HTML text only, ...
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HTML Improvements are not updating properly

I use Webmaster Tools for my website and I have removed duplicate titles in my site. But it is not getting reflected in Webmaster Tools. Is there any reload to view the changes in HTML Improvements?
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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 the number of pages on my website indexed by Googlebot decreasing?

I am monitoring the number of pages indexed by Googlebot for one of my websites . I noticed that since last week, the number of pages has dropped by about 60 or so. Now to be fair, I have not added ...
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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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Google webmaster tools Site Performance says site is faster but shows it slow in the graph

Looking into Google webmaster tools it happened to me many times to see for some of my sites these type of inconsistency, in the text they say my site is faster than 63% of sites, but when I look at ...
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Why Google Webmaster Tools list HTTP status 303 as crawl error?

There is another interesting question about status 303 and seo here but it does not answer me why status 303 appears now in GWT in the crawl errors section since end of January. In my understanding ...
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Google says no Structured Data exists but it does

I have a website and I am working over its SEO. I have put all required structured data as per my knowledge in it and have also tested it with Google Webmaster's Structured Data Testing Tool and it ...
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Google keeps crawling pages that don't exist

I made a simple new website which went live about a month and a half ago (replacing the last one). The site contains new pages, like for example the navigation markup: <div class="header"> ...
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GWT “Big traffic change for top URL”

I recently received an email from GWT saying that one of my URL's traffic has suddenly dropped. As it turned out the traffic to the whole site has drastically dropped, from some 300+ unique visitors ...
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Redirect error in Google Webmaster Tools report

I built a CMS and I used it to create the following website http://www.tkdmontecatini.com . After some days, Google Webmaster Tools started to give me several "Redirect error" on some pages like the ...
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problem with google search in link:article-stack.com [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why google is not showing links to my site in result? If I google link:article-stack.com, it shows 4 interlinks in result. If it shows interlinks it should show > 250 ...
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Should add my naked AND www domain as separate sites in Webmaster Tools

Just a quick question: In Google Webmaster tools I have my site set to set to www. and the naked domain. Do I need to add and verify the site for each variant or do I just keep it as the www and use ...
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Does Google use Google Analytics information in its search algorithms?

Does anyone know whether Google makes use of the information it obtains via Google analytics in ranking of search results? Does it, for instance, make use of the bounce rate for a page given a ...
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Google-bot sees “Sorry, we have no imagery here” on pages with Google Maps

I have a site with Google Maps on most of the pages. When inspecting content keywords in Google Webmaster tools, content keywords identified by Google-bot for the site include "imagery", "sorry" and ...
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home page of my site is not appear in google search, when I type site:example.com

I am totally confused, when I place site:example.com in google I see every page of my website in serp(search engine result page) except the home page. I don’t know why it’s happening but I check ...