Posts Tagged ‘Google’
Sep 09 18
Do I need a Google Webmaster Tools account?
Google Webmaster Tools is a great resource for any site owner. and a must for anybody who is serious about making a search engine friendly site.
Creating content for the web is easy, but getting people to discover it is the hard part. You want your site to be as search friendly as possible. You want to know how your website interacts with the search engines and you want to be made aware of any problems with your site that may prevent people from reaching you. Webmaster Tools gives you all this information, it’s Google’s way of giving site owners the best information they need to have a successful website.
- First of all it’s free! A wealth of useful information at your fingertips and all you have to do is sign up.
- Top search queries tool which gives information about user search queries which have returned pages from your site.
- A Sitemap tool which allows you to submit an XML Sitemap with details on pages you would like Google to index and the priority of your pages so Google knows which ones to crawl first. If you do not have a site map create one and submit it to the site configuration sitemap section of your account.
- Diagnostics section which reports errors that were encountered when your site was crawled such as problems with the sitemap, pages not found etc. It also gives you HTML suggestions to improve your visitor’s experience and performance.
- Change of address option, which is a special tool to tell Google about your new domain name and helps to move your old site users to you new domain easily.
- Top search queries tool has information on the keywords and phrases that your website appeared for, the percentage of clickthroughs to your website, along with the keyword position.
- Links to your site tool provides information on inbound links with anchor text for your site pages.
- Keywords and internal links tool shows the common keywords Google sees when it crawl’s the site and internal links shows the total number of pages linked by other pages in your site.
- A vast amount of extra help topics, articles, forums resources are also available, all there to help you make the most of your website.
Setting up your Google account.
Getting started with Google Webmaster Tools is not to difficult. The first thing you’ll need is a Google account. Google has combined, or converged, their different accounts such so if you have If you use Gmail, Adwords, Analytics, iGoogle or one of the many other services, then you are ready to go. If not, sign up for a free Google Account. Once you have an account and sign in, the top right corner of Google will now have a “My Account” link. Click on that link and from the page that loads, click on “Webmaster Tools”.
Veryfying your domain.
Once you have added your domain to the dashboard, you need to verify it. To verify, you either upload a text file to the root of the website or add a meta tag to the index page. Once you upload the file to your web site (or modify the home page with the meta tag), you click the “Verify” button and Google will check to see if the file or meta tag is there. Once Google finds it, you are verified and able to access all the information about your site.
Do I need a sitemap?
You can also submit sitemaps using Google WebMaster Tools. A sitemap is a file that list pages on your site that you want Google to know about. Follow the “more information” links in the site map section to find out more information about creating a site map. According to www.Sitemaps.org a sitemap will allow search engines to more intellingently crawl your website. More details and FAQ’s about sitemaps can be found here.
Web site owners use the /robots.txt file to give instructions about their site to web robots; this is called The Robots Exclusion Protocol.
Web robots often go by different names. You may hear them called:
To find out more about the robots.txt file click here.
There are many features to WebMaster Tools. Hopefully this overview has given enough information for you to get it set up and start benefitting from it.
Sep 09 18
Does this look familiar to you?
Not what you want to see when you go to look at your website!
This is a block from Google. When they have indexed your site they have come across some potentially malicious code which can be harmful to any visitor. Ususally in the form of Malware (malicious software) it is designed to infiltrate a computer without the owner’s knowledge.
A useful article about the dangers of Malware can be found here.
What to do if you see your site is blocked.
The first thing to do is up the security because your site has been hacked, so change usernames, passwords etc (please do not use ‘password’ as your password!) Then you need to go through the content of your site to locate the malicious code and remove it, or you can just re-upload your site again. You may need the help of your webmaster/web designer unless you did your website yourself.
Once this is done you need to let Google know by creating an account and requesting a review.
Go to https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin and create an account. Once you have gone through the process, go to the Webmaster Tools homepage and click on your website name. You will see a message like ‘Parts of this site may be distributing malware’ Click on ‘more details’ and then request a review.
If all is well when Google check your site they will release the block and your site will be live again.