Google Webmaster Tools is a free web service by Google. It allows webmasters to check indexing status and optimise visibility of their websites.
Things You can do With Webmaster Tools:
- You can Submit and check a sitemap.
- You can quickly check and set the crawl time and view statistics about when Googlebot reach a particular site.
- You can write and check a robots.txt file to help identify pages that are blocked in robots.txt unexpectedly.
- List of the internal and external link can be found.
- Get a menu of links which Googlebot had difficulty crawling, containing the error that Googlebot received when entering the URLs in question.
- See what keyword explorations on Google led to the site being listed in the SERPs, and the click through rates of such listings.
- Set a chosen domain, which determines how the site URL is shown in SERPs.
- Highlight to Google Search elements of structured data which are used to enrich search hit entries.
- Demote Sitelinks for precise search results.
- Get notifications from Google for manual penalties.
- Provide a path to an API to add, change and delete listings and list crawls errors.
- Rich Cards a new division added, for excellent mobile user experience.
How to set up Google Webmaster Tools:
Step1: Sign into Google Search Console using the same account information you use to sign into Google Sites.
Step2: Click “Add a site…”, enter the base URL of your Google Site in the box that pops up, then click “Continue.”
Step3: On the following page, select the radio button next to Add a meta tag to your site’s home page.
Step4: Copy the meta tag (for example, <meta name=”google-site-verification” content=”z5mJLjVGtEe5qzCefW1pamxI7H46u19n4XnxEzgl1AU” />) from the Instructions box.
Step5: In a new browser window or tab, navigate to the Site you wish to verify. (Eg: Blogger.)
Step6: Click the Edit button and select Manage site.
Step7: Paste the meta tag that you copied on the Google Search Console site in the box next to Google Search Console verification.
Step8: Click “Save changes.”
Step9: Go back to the Search Console page where you copied the meta tag.
Step10: Click “Verify.”
Fact: Google renamed Google Webmaster Tools as Google Search Console.
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