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Google Webmaster Tools Update
Friday, December 14, 2007
As Vanessa Fox reported yesterday, Google has updated their Webmaster Tools product. There were two main updates that Google has launched which include:
  1. Content Analysis - the section lists issues that Google may have extracting content from pages of the site. This section includes links to the specific pages in question. According to the Help information on this: "... the goal (of content analysis) is to help identify ways to improve the site for visitors, but in many cases, these issues cause problems in the search result display as well. Fix these things, and your page might be a more compelling result for searchers to click on. In addition, Google goes on to say:
    The Content Analysis page shows you potential issues Google found when crawling and indexing your site. We recommend that you review this report regularly to identify changes that potentially increase your rankings in Google search results pages while providing a better experience for your readers.
    Data that may be included on this page includes:

    Title problems: Potential problems with the title tag on your pages, such as missing or repeated page titles.
    Meta description problems
    : Potential problems with missing, duplicate, or otherwise problematic meta descriptions.
    Non-indexable content
    : Pages containing non-indexable content, such as Flash files, video, or images.

    To see the Content Analysis page:

    Sign into Google Webmaster Tools with your Google Account.
    On the Dashboard, click the site you want.
    Click Diagnostics, and then click Content analysis.

  2. Sitemap Details Page - If you've submitted a Sitemap, you'll be happy when you see the additional information in Webmaster Tools revealing how your Sitemap was processed. You can find this information on the newly available Sitemap Details page which (along with information that was previously provided for each of your Sitemaps) shows you the number of the pages from your Sitemap that were indexed.
See the Google Webmaster Tools Blog for more detail on the newly added features to Google Webmaster Tools. To see Vanessa's detailed review of the new features, visit Search Engine Land.


posted by Jody @ Friday, December 14, 2007  
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