SEO Tips to effectively use Google Webmaster Tools

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In 2007 Google came out with Google Webmaster Tools to help webmasters and site owners have better understanding on Google crawl rate and impact on SEO for blogs.

Google webmaster tools is a free SEO tool that can be used by anyone who has a website or blog. All you need to do is verify your blog or website with Google and they’ll give you access to all the information and reporting on the Google spiders crawling your webpages.

Here are a few features of Google Webmaster Tools

1 ) Web Crawl Errors : The Google webmaster tools shows all sorts of errors related to your website and blog. The errors show details of broken links and URLs that are found by Google on your site. Google gives you information on the pages of your site that it can’t crawl due to loading time or a script that it can’t read.

It will also give you a solution to restore the errors. Below is a web screenshot of WebTrafficROI.com on Google Webmaster Tools, it shows the web URL that had issues or were uncrawlable during the Google crawl activity.

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The web URL errors were corrected immediately and the Google spider did not detect any more errors during the next crawl. If it was not for the Google Webmaster Tool I would not have known that the blog pages had issues when Google tried to crawl them. This would have impacted my search engine initiatives.  

2 ) Set default features : Google gives you the option to choose the kind of features you want for your site in terms of Geographic Targeting ( you can choose the target preference of your country based on your target audience ), domain preference ( www or non-www or both ) and images to show up in Google’s enhanced image search – Google Image Labeler.

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3 ) Analyse Meta Descriptions and Title tags : Google will provide a list of URLs that have duplicate title tags or duplicate meta descriptions. It will also show pages with too short or too long title tags and meta tags. Based on the title information you can work on writing effective title tags and meta descriptors that will help Google crawl your blog or site for better search engine ranking.

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4) Top Search :Top search queries is an amazing feature, the tool gives you a list of top queries in which your website or blog showed up and the queries from which users reached your site along with the ranking. This will help you know the keywords that rank your site on Google. This can be filtered by type of search ( web, image, mobile ) and by country.  

5 ) Enhanced 404 Error pages : Google can provide a bit of JavaScript that can be embed on a 404 error page so that when it loads, Google will try to guess what the user was looking for based on what Google has indexed. These are just some of the features in Google Webmaster Tools that will help you rank high on search engines. If you are not using Google Webmaster Tools , you may want to get an account for your website or blog.

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  • Ackley Gaskin April 20, 2009, 6:36 pm

    Hey ZK – this post is really helpful. I was taking a look at the product offering within the Google webmaster toolkit – but your breakdown of the different elements make it easy to understand. Thanks again.

  • Web Developer April 20, 2009, 7:21 pm

    I ve heard of Google WebMaster Tools but never tried it out, I did not know it was useful to check Google crawling progress. I ve now open an account and verified my site. How long does it take to show the details of urls ?

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    • ZK@Web Marketing Blog April 20, 2009, 7:46 pm

      Once you add the code to your website or blog, it automatically verifies your site in the next crawl which takes about 2 – 3 days. Log into your webmaster tools in 2 – 3 days to check how well your site is doing on the Google crawl.

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    Thank you for this article and your free book. I found both quite helpful.

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    I’ve heard that the Google analytics are great and extremely helpful. Yahoo use analytics as well and I think they are better than the Google ones

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      I’m going to disagree with you on this one. Although Yahoo is better at understanding the amount of links that are indexed as well as the amount of backlinks your site has aside from that when it comes to better understanding your website Google Analytics is by far more superior than that of Yahoo’s but this is strictly my opinion.

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    I’l have to look into it a bit after I finish moving some things around; make sure I did it all correctly.

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    This information tells Google that the website probably belongs to that location, but there are exceptions to that.

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    Those are very good tips. I guess I need to start using Goggle Webmaster tools now. Do I just download this or do I need to buy this online?

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    Thanks for posting this. It’s good to see blog entries on Webmaster Tools as there is much out there. I would especially appreciate more blog entries on Google Analytics. ~ Colleen 🙂

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    • ZK@Web Marketing Blog April 22, 2009, 8:50 am

      Thanks Colleen , I ve received a lot of comments and emails to feature posts on Web Analytics. I ll be posting articles on Web Analytics as a separate category. I appreciate the feedback on this 🙂

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  • Earn Money Writing April 22, 2009, 8:54 am

    Thanks for the tips.

    I just signed up for Google tools and hopefully I can better my website.

  • Matt@Frisco Real Estate April 22, 2009, 1:58 pm

    I use the google webmaster tool everyday, and I have learned some from my site, but I have noticed that they don’t update everyday, so how often do they update?

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  • SEO April 23, 2009, 3:40 am

    I have used it but did not found it that effective.

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      really Seo you used Google Webmaster Tools and didn’t find it useful. I find that amazing since I always use it because their very helpful especially by using the traffic monitoring and the site map generator. To me they have before the most effective tools that certainly every person that owns a website should consider using.

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    I am a old user of Google webmaster and so i really enjoyed reading this post

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    I really appreciate the manner and easy style in which you have explained this concept ……… very informative

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    Yeah i know all these features of webmaster tool,thanks for sharing.

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    For sure GWT is one the best free tools out there.

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    Interesting tip to Google tool bar but i have problem to use Google tool bar, Can someone please tell me how to get my article written in squidoo verified on Google webmaster tool?

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    i love google’s webmaster tools they are the best at understanding your website’s progression

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  • Nihar April 27, 2009, 10:54 pm

    I launched my blog in december 2007. On the first day, itself i submitted the sitemap on google webmasters and within 2-3 days the blog was index.

    Nice tips.. Will be helpful for all the bloggers.

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    Google’s standpoint where I am ranked so I can strategize my marketing efforts.

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    My article written in squidoo verified on Google webmaster tool?

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    I am wanting to start blogging full-time, in order to drive traffic to my website, however am stuck with how to optimize and increase my blog search traffic! What are the best SEO, traffic and exposure tips for bloggers…

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    Google webmaster tools has been very helpful with my blogs. I hope everyone can try this. They will never regret it.

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  • Seaward May 4, 2009, 10:00 pm

    i have already this tool use it frequently it is good tool and very beneficial that are new in blogging.

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    Google webmaster tools is pretty nice but I’ve mainly been using it just for checking backlinks. It lets you download all your backlinks in a spreadsheet and you can compare previous data with what you’ve gained or lost.

  • Kathy May 7, 2009, 5:54 pm

    Google webmaster tools helps you see how your site is performing. That way you can track traffic. It’s pretty great. Thanks for the tips!

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    Great tips… Google webmaster tools provide support for those who are looking to diagnose errors, improve a sites visibility and declare preferences on how to handle web site listings.

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    Hi,
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  • CrisBetewsky July 6, 2009, 12:18 pm

    It’s a pity that people don’t realize the importance of this information. Thanks for posing it.

  • Luke July 19, 2009, 2:37 am

    I have been having problems with the way my blog is crawled/indexed by search engines so I searched for information to help me with it. That led me to your wonderful site. I’m so happy that you provide such helpful information for free. You even provide a free e-book for download. Last but not the least, I won’t be entirely truthful if I did not say that I’m also thankful that you allow do follow comment links here. I desperately need it. I wonder why you’d even do that. But thanks, anyway. 🙂
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  • ZK@Web Marketing Blog July 19, 2009, 1:02 pm

    Hi Luke,

    Thanks for your comments, the do follow link is token of appreciation from us for taking part in the conversation 🙂

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    Just follow the instructions. But, the domain has to be yours-that’s the entire point of validating the site-because you will have access to the site’s stats and control how Google crawls and indexes the site in the future.
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    Hey thank you! I was just wondering whether ClickBank and other affiliate programs works well on Blogger ? I just started my blog on blogger and thinking to use Adsense with clickbank on it. I will start using Webmaster tool as well to monitor my blog, but I am just wondering whether it’s okay or not?

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    along with the web master tools, Google analytics are also very helpful in know much about the visitors, it provides the full information about the browser and browser capability, which helps in improving the visitors visibility,

    thanks for the information.

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    There’s new to webmaster tools. They already included not only the rank of your website to certain keywords but also the number of impressions it generates and the clickthrough percentage. It’s great data indeed.
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    Helpful tutorial! Webmaster tools is the best to analyze website performance like crawler errors, geo targeting, html error, male ware attacks, sitemap and google bot access etc. I use to take time to improve performance of website with webmaster tools. Thanks for pointing some very common options at webmasters tools.