Google Webmaster Tools New Interface Goes Live Along with Change of Address Feature!

Jun 11, 2009 | 1,560 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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A few weeks ago, Google had launched a preview of their new Webmaster Tools interface. In response, they received a lot of constructive feedback such as:

  • Missing option to switch listing 25, 50, or 100 rows in features such as links to your site. Although, Google didn't add the option back but increased default to 100.
  • Differences between top search query information of the old and new version. Google had expected this as they went through a lot of re-engineering to improve their new top search queries backend. They reviewed many of the issues posted on Google's forum and verified that new backend is accurate and reliable.
  • Even, the downloaded and indexed Sitemaps URL counts differed between the two versions. Google has quickly solved this issue.
  • There is also difference between the old and new user interface (UI) since the new UI shows the original anchor as it is linked on the web.
  • Only 5 sites are being listed in the new site switcher, which is a limiting factor for a person who manages a large number of sites. Google has promised to look into this matter and solve it as soon-as-possible.

However, Google also announced that from now onwards, only the new user interface will be available. Apart, from fixing some of the issues users addressed, Google launched a new feature – Change of Address. This feature will inform Google when you are moving from one domain to another, which will allow to update Google's index faster and creating a smoother transition for your users.

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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