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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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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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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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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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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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. Also,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Unnaturally high number of links from domain

Please consider the following image, from Google Webmaster Tools I have these unnaturally high link counts coming in from lowish Page Rank Domains (MOZ Score 13) Is this natural? Is this hurting ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 (http://www.foobar....
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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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Need Google to recrawl the pages

I've changed the meta description tag in many of my site pages. Should I select Fetch as Google->Fetch->Add to Index->URL and all linked pages in GWT? Will Google recrawl the whole site faster than ...
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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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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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Google doesn't crawl CDN files

I've noticed that Google Webmaster Tools is reporting a lot of blocked resources in my website. Right now all the "blocked resources" are .css, .js and images (.jpg, .png) that I serve from Cloudfront ...
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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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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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90% of 'links to your site' disappeared in Google Webmaster Tools

I was going through Webmaster Tools and I noticed that under 'links to your site' there's only 40 links showing. Down from 700+ yesterday. I don't think it was anything to do with the quality of the ...
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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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Migrating from a wordpress.com to wordpress.org blog without harming SEO

I've had a Wordpress.com weblog for 3 years. And its pages have a good pagerank and are shown in first search results pages. Because of the limitations, I should migrate to my own WordPress. How to ...
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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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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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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 ...