Google has unveiled a new version of the Google Maps Engine Lite, also named as My Maps. The tool is pretty cool as well as powerful and it lets you create a trip itinerary, note hot-spots in any location and also gives you the opportunity to personalize Google Maps.
If you have made a few errors with your robots.txt file by letting Googlebot crawl something you simply did not want it to or if you accidentally blocked Googlebot, you have to wait till Googlebot picks up the new robots.txt changes.
Google has updated the Webmaster Tools API, making it consistent with other Google APIs. Google says that the new API makes it easier to authenticate for apps or web-services and provides access to some of the main features of Webmaster Tools.
The New Webmaster Tools API lets you:
- List, add, or remove sites from your account. As of now you can have up to 500 sites in your account.
Here is some good news for Hangouts users. They can now make voice calls from Hangouts on iOS, android and the web. Google made the announcement on its official blog. Users can not only call other Hangouts users for free, but also call numbers in the U.S and Canada without any charges, international calls are chargeable but the rates are very low.
When Google updated its Site Move Help documentation in June, webmasters had doubts on why Google recommended 302 redirects in the "Moving from separate URLs to same URLs" scenario. Google guidelines said, “Redirect your separate smartphone URLs to your desktop URLs using server-side 302 HTTP redirects." Google has once again updated the guidelines, now saying "Redirect your separate smartphone URLs to your desktop URLs using server-side 301 HTTP redirects."
Submit your reconsideration request along with helpful documentation.
- For linking issues: include a list of links you have removed, disavowed or nofollowed (based on the issue)
- For hacked issues: add examples of injected or cloaked URLs that are now clean or return 404
If your site is suffering from a Penguin penalty, Google says you can only recover when it runs the algorithm again. In response to a question posted in the Webmaster Central Help Forum asking “Can a site really recover without Google doing another Penguin update? Is there a definitive answer?” Google’s John Mueller replied, “Yes, assuming the issues are resolved in the meantime, with an update of our algorithm or its data, it will no longer be affecting your site.”
Google has a great news for webmasters. The Webmaster Academy which was introduced in March 2012, goes live in 22 different languages. This was announced on the official Webmaster Central Blog yesterday.
New or beginner webmasters who speak different languages can now easily learn the fundamentals on how to make a great site, how to rank really well in search results and also learn how to provide an enjoyable user experience. The best part is that the Webmasters can learn all this and more in their own language.
Google has introduced a new and improved sitelinks search box within the search results, making it easier for users to reach content on your site directly through your site-search pages.
When users are searching for a company, they might be looking for something specific on that website. Till now, Google would display a large set of sitelinks and a search box below that search result, allowing users to do site: searches in the site directly from the search results page. For eg: site: example.com hitchhiker guides.
According to Google, “Sometimes a page may look clean to you but hackers often inject content that only search engines can easily see. 'Fetch as Googlebot' shows how your page looks to Googlebot (our website crawler) so use it to identify and clean up hacked content.”