Google webmaster tools

site-move tool updated in webmaster tools

Google recently launched site-move tool to help webmaster move from their site from one domain to another domain. Moving a site from one domain to another domain is the most tedious and risky process. Many webmasters make mistakes when moving domain names. Most of them odn’t know how to setup the right redirect. Some of them use meta refresh, javascript redirect, simple server side redirect ( 302 redirect ) etc. All these listed redirects are not good for search engines. When you are doing a move especially moves like domain to domain which is mostly permanent it is important we use a 301 redirect. 301 redirect tells the search engines that the site has moved permanently from one domain to the other.

site-move-tool

If you want to do a safe move Google webmaster tools is helping you do it. Log-in to webmaster and go to this page

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/change-address

Google has given this list of simple checklist when moving site from one URL to other.

1
Pick your new site from the list
If you don’t see your site, add it now. You must specify only root-level domains with no trailing path (e.g. https://www.example.com/).
   
2
Confirm that 301-redirects work properly
URLs from your old site should be redirected to your new site using permanent 301-redirect directives.
   
3
Check that verification methods are still present
This step ensures your new and old sites are properly verified before the move, and will remain so afterwards.
   
4
Submit the change of address request
Transition your site indexing from www.example.com to your new site.
 
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 Google webmaster tools, Webmaster News No Comments

Crawl Errors Update from Google Webmaster Tools

One of the most important things to do for webmasters is to register and verify their site on Google webmaster tools.

The Google webmaster tools provides a variety of information like the site configuration details – sitemaps, site links, crawler access etc, details about your links, keywords, search queries in the section your site on the web. The Diagnostics section provides vital information like HTML suggestions, Malware, Crawl Errors, Crawl Stats. The Labs section shares interesting details like site performance and instant reviews.

Checking Google webmaster tools at least once every day would be in the schedule of majority of the webmasters and one vital section that one would check are the crawl errors and now in Google webmaster central blog one can see a posting update about crawl errors.

The posting starts stating that enhancements have made with respect to crawl errors and now crawl errors are further divided into 2 sections

    Site errors
    URL errors

Site Errors

To make errors more user friendly these categories have been made. The errors like DNS resolution failures, connectivity issues, problems fetching robots.txt files, before these errors were reported as URL errors henceforth they will be reported in the section Site Errors as they are not URL related errors. If the frequency of these errors is high then alerts will be sent to you. If your site is devoid of these errors as in most sites, you will just see friendly check marks across these issues indicating your website has no such errors.

The URL Errors

If Google webmaster indicates URL errors It means ‘it was able to resolve your DNS, connect to your server, fetch and read your robots.txt file, and then request this URL, but something went wrong after that’. Separate categories will be displayed for Google news or mobile (CHTML/XHTML).

Errors Presentation

There were 100,000 errors of each type shown but there was no way to interpret which errors had more priorities. Keeping this in mind now, Webmaster tools will present the 1000 most important errors for each category. Once the webmaster has fixed them he can view details about them.

Sites having more than 1000 errors will be able to see the total errors for each category and for those who need further details, Google is considering adding an API to download all errors.

One more important update is that the Robots.txt blocked pages errors have been removed as Google webmaster tools find the pages blocked via Robots.txt to be intentionally blocked by the webmaster. Soon these errors will be updated under crawler access in site configuration.

User Friendly Error Details

Clicking on the error URL will open an additional pane with useful information like last tried crawling information, when problem first occurred and an error briefing.From the details pane you can check the URL error on clicking it. There are also options provided to mark the error as fixed, see other pages that link to this URL and more such useful details. There is an option of having Googlebot fetch the URL to double check your error whether it’s fixed.

The priority list would be such errors “fixing broken links on your own site, fixing bugs in your server software, updating your Sitemaps to prune dead URLs, or adding a 301 redirect to get users to the “real” page.” The priority would be decided based on a number of factors whether the link is added in the sitemap and the no of internal links the URL has and various other factors. If you are a user with full permission you can mark the error as fixed and it would be removed from your top-errors list unless Googlebot encounters the same errors again.

These changes hopefully will help webmasters a lot in getting their site errors corrected soon.

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 Google, Google webmaster tools No Comments
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