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Robots.txt Update Tool Added to Google Webmaster Tools!

Sep 15, 2014 | 1,276 views | by Ritu Sharma
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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’s Webmaster Tools API updated!

Sep 12, 2014 | 1,234 views | by Ritu Sharma
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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.

Google Introduces Free Voice Call Feature in Hangouts!

Sep 11, 2014 | 1,111 views | by Ritu Sharma
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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.

Google now Recommends using 301 for Mobile Redirects!

Sep 10, 2014 | 1,199 views | by Ritu Sharma
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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."

Day 5 of #GoogleRecon Week: Submit your Reconsideration Request Along with Helpful Documentation!

Sep 9, 2014 | 1,162 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Marking an end to the #GoogleRecon week, here comes the last tip from Google on reconsideration requests. This one says,

Submit your reconsideration request along with helpful documentation.

Reconsideration request tip 5 Day 5 of #GoogleRecon Week: 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

Google Confirms – Recovering from Penguin Penalty Requires the Algorithm to Run Again!

Sep 9, 2014 | 1,297 views | by Ritu Sharma
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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 Webmaster Academy Goes Live in 22 Languages!

Sep 9, 2014 | 1,304 views | by Ritu Sharma
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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 Introduces an Improved Sitelinks Search Box within the Search Results!

Sep 6, 2014 | 1,531 views | by Ritu Sharma
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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.

Sitelink search box Google Introduces an Improved Sitelinks Search Box within the Search Results!

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.

#GoogleRecon Tip 4: Use Fetch as Google to Identify Hacked Content!

Sep 6, 2014 | 1,408 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Offering the fourth tip on reconsideration requests, as a part of the #GoogleRecon Week, Google recommends to use Fetch as Google to identify hacked content.

Use Fetch as Google #GoogleRecon Tip 4: Use Fetch as Google to Identify Hacked Content!

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.”

#GoogleRecon Week Tip 3: Remove Inorganic Backlinks!

Sep 5, 2014 | 1,155 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Here comes the third tip on the third day of Google’s #GoogleRecon week. It is about removing inorganic backlinks.

Remove Inorganic Backlinks #GoogleRecon Week Tip 3: Remove Inorganic Backlinks!

Google says, “For a reconsideration request to be successful, a significant percentage of inorganic links should be removed from the website. If you can get a backlink removed, remove the link instead of adding it to the disavow file. Simply disavowing links will not be enough to make a reconsideration request successful.”