Intermediate

  • Case Studies: Fixing Hacked Sites

    … Webmaster Level: All Every day, thousands of websites get hacked. Hacked sites can harm users by serving malicious software, collecting personal information, or redirecting them to sites they didn't intend to visit. Webmasters want to fix hacked sites quickly, but unfortunately recovering from a hack can be a complicated process. We're trying…

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  • The four steps to appiness

    … Webmaster Level: intermediate to advanced App deep links are the new kid on the block in organic search, and they’re picking up speed faster than you can say “schema.org ViewAction”! For signed-in users, 15% of Google searches on Android now return deep links to apps through App Indexing. And over just the past quarter, we've seen the number…

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  • Tracking mobile usability in Webmaster Tools

    …, and think about how they might be resolved; sometimes it's just a matter of tweaking your site's template! More information on how to make a great mobile-friendly website can be found in our Web Fundamentals website (with more information to come soon). If you have any questions, feel free to join us in our webmaster help forums (on your phone too)! Posted by John Mueller, Webmaster Trends Analyst, Zurich …

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  • Best practices for XML sitemaps & RSS/Atom feeds

    … Webmaster level: intermediate-advanced Submitting sitemaps can be an important part of optimizing websites. Sitemaps enable search engines to discover all pages on a site and to download them quickly when they change. This blog post explains which fields in sitemaps are important, when to use XML sitemaps and RSS/Atom feeds, and how to optimize…

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  • #NoHacked: a global campaign to spread hacking awareness

    …Last month, we introduced a weeklong social campaign called #NoHacked. The goals for #NoHacked are to bring awareness to hacking attacks and offer tips on how to keep your sites safe from hackers. We held the campaign in 11 languages on multiple channels including Google+, Twitter and Weibo. About 1 million people viewed our tips and hundreds…

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  • Testing robots.txt files made easier

    … Webmaster level: intermediate-advanced To crawl, or not to crawl, that is the robots.txt question. Making and maintaining correct robots.txt files can sometimes be difficult. While most sites have it easy (tip: they often don't even need a robots.txt file!), finding the directives within a large robots.txt file that are or were blocking…

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  • Rendering pages with Fetch as Google

    … Webmaster level: all The Fetch as Google feature in Webmaster Tools provides webmasters with the results of Googlebot attempting to fetch their pages. The server headers and HTML shown are useful to diagnose technical problems and hacking side-effects, but sometimes make double-checking the response hard: Help! What do all of these codes mean…

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  • Making your site more mobile-friendly with PageSpeed Insights

    … Webmaster level: all To help developers and webmasters make their pages mobile-friendly, we recently updated PageSpeed Insights with additional recommendations on mobile usability. Poor usability can diminish the benefits of a fast page load. We know the average mobile page takes more than 7 seconds to load, and by using the PageSpeed…

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  • Webmaster Guidelines for sneaky redirects updated

    …Webmaster Level: All Redirects are often used by webmasters to help forward visitors from one page to another. They are a normal part of how the web operates, and are very valuable when well used. However, some redirects are designed to manipulate or deceive search engines or to display different content to human users than to search engines. Our…

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  • Introducing our global Google+ page for webmasters

    … Webmaster Level: All We’ve recently launched our global Google Webmasters Google+ page. Have you checked it out yet? Our page covers a plethora of topics: Official news and announcements like when our blog launched en français Tips such as how to handle 404s correctly Q&A office hours with our team Exclusive behind the scenes…

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  • More Precise Index Status Data for Your Site Variations

    … protocol and hostname. We hope that you’ll find this update useful, and that it’ll help you monitor, identify and fix indexing problems with your website. You can find additional details in our Index Status Help Center article. As usual, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in our webmaster Help Forum. Posted by Zineb Ait Bahajji, WTA, thanks to the Webmaster Tools team. …

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  • Musical artists: your official tour dates in the Knowledge Graph

    … Webmaster level: all When music lovers search for their favorite band on Google, we often show them a Knowledge Graph panel with lots of information about the band, including the band’s upcoming concert schedule. It’s important to fans and artists alike that this schedule be accurate and complete. That’s why we’re trying a new approach…

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  • 3 tips to find hacking on your site, and ways to prevent and fix it

    … and fix the problem as soon as possible. We want webmasters to keep their sites secure in order to protect users from spammy or harmful content. 3 tips to help you find hacked content on your site Check your site for suspicious URLs or directories Keep an eye out for any suspicious activity on your site by performing a “site:” search of your site…

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