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A Short But Sweet Guide to Google Webmaster Tools
Posted By jennya On June 28, 2010 @ 5:19 pm In Basic SEO Tips,Nuts & Bolts of Optimization | No Comments
There are certainly a lot of tools available on the web that can help you trouble shoot your SEO ranking issues. Google Webmaster Tools is one of the first places to start as the online interface provides detailed reports about your site’s visibility on search. For those who may be new to SEO, this guide to Webmaster Tools will point you in the right direction to make your site more search friendly and in turn boosting your rankings.
From the Beginning: Adding a new site to Google WMT is incredibly easy. All you need to start is a Google Account, so if you already have a Gmail set up for the site, or an Adwords Account, you are all ready to go. From the WMT login page  just login and follow the steps below:
Site Configuration: This section of Webmaster Tools is what you will cover when you are first getting started. Under this section you can control general settings, like preferred domain, and crawl rate. You can also tell Google about any change of address to your site, while the other tabs in this section cover the basics of a site, including:
Account Diagnostic: The diagnostics tab on the left provides some good information about your site that you do not want to overlook. If you are using Webmaster Tools to try and combat a poor performing site, this is one of the first tabs you will want to review. Under Diagnotstics, you will find the following information:
Your Site on the Web: This tab is a great source for stats about your website and its relationship with not only searchers but other sites on the web.
Labs: This section provides a couple of extra tools that can be particularly useful. The Fetch as Googlebot allows you to see what your site looks like to bot. This can help you make sure the bots can read your most important information and that it isn’t buried in the bottom of the page somewhere. The is also the Site Performance tool which provides some general statics for your site including load time which can play a big role in rankings.
While the stats and tips provided by Google Webmaster Tools are Google specific, the tool can help your site be more easily found on other search engines as well as many engines use similar performance indicators. To be sure that you’re covering all of your bases however, it is our recommendation that you also open an account with Bing Webmaster Center  and Yahoo Site Explorer .
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 WMT login page: https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=sitemaps&passive=true&nui=1&continue=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fwebmasters%2Ftools%2F&followup=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fwebmasters%2Ftools%2F&hl=en#Google%20Webmaster%20Tools%20Login
 Bing Webmaster Center: http://www.bing.com/webmaster#Bing%20Webmaster%20Center
 Yahoo Site Explorer: http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/#Yahoo%20Site%20Explorer
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