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

    … Webmaster Level: intermediate Mobile is growing at a fantastic pace - in usage, not just in screen size. To keep you informed of issues mobile users might be seeing across your website, we've added the Mobile Usability feature to Webmaster Tools. The new feature shows mobile usability issues we’ve identified across your website, complete…

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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

    … individual URLs can be quite tricky. To make that easier, we're now announcing an updated robots.txt testing tool in Webmaster Tools. You can find the updated testing tool in Webmaster Tools within the Crawl section: Here you'll see the current robots.txt file, and can test new URLs to see whether they're disallowed for crawling. To guide your way…

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  • Rendering pages with Fetch as Google

    …. After submitting a URL with "Fetch and render," wait for it to be processed (this might take a moment for some pages). Once it's ready, just click on the response row to see the results. Handling resources blocked by robots.txt Googlebot follows the robots.txt directives for all files that it fetches. If you are disallowing crawling of some…

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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

    … quality guidelines strictly forbid these kinds of redirects. For example, desktop users might receive a normal page, while hackers might redirect all mobile users to a completely different spam domain. To help webmasters better recognize problematic redirects, we have updated our quality guidelines for sneaky redirects with examples…

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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

    … Google shows this message in search results for sites that we believe may have been compromised.You might not think your site is a target for hackers, but it's surprisingly common. Hackers target large numbers of sites all over the web in order to exploit the sites' users or reputation. One common way hackers take advantage of vulnerable…

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