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Is google webmasters any good?

Posted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:30 pm
by jaunty_mellifluous
I've found over time that it's a real waste of your important time. What's your say on this?

Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Posted: Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:56 pm
by ElbertF
I think it's a nice addition to other tools I use like Google Analytics. Any diagnostics are useful.

Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:02 am
by ccb056
I use Google Webmaster tools, it's good for seeing how many incomming links you have and if Google is having any problems indexing your site.

Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:42 am
by jaunty_mellifluous
Is the sitemap feature useful?

Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:44 am
by ccb056
It is very usefull if you want to get new content indexed quickly.

Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:09 am
by ElbertF
I helps Google and other SEs to find pages that have no incoming links, I've created a dynamic XML-sitemap for this purpose.

Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:04 am
by Rotsblok
may i ask what we are discussing here? as it seems to me ist like any other survey topics as Is phpBB any good? or is "some temamember" a nice guy/girl?

Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:37 pm
by stickerboy
I'm inclined to agree with Rotsblok on this one as i'm not seeing the discussion value in this.
I'll leave it open for now, but will lock it on the first signs of it turning into a survey topic.

Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:37 pm
by jaunty_mellifluous
I just asked those questions because I didn't find any good use of google webmasters in the initial stages of my website's launch. Google didn't visit my pages any often. Now that it's been up or a while google visits my site anyway even though I don't have any sitemaps added to it by myself.

Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 10:01 am
by poyntesm
its a set of tools being discussed.

http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools

Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:16 pm
by barmajan
I think Google tools is very useful . Every one Interested in SEO will found Google tools important to improve your web site .

Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:44 pm
by jaunty_mellifluous
Tools like StatCounter are much more useful I would say. You get all kinds of stats like, total hits, most popular pages, recent keyword searches, search engine results (results coming from which search engines the most etc). And other stuff. Just keep reading the stats you'll get a very good idea for what to do with your website.

Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:34 pm
by thecoalman
It may not be useful if you're not getting any traffic but if you have even a moderate amount of traffic it will provide some very valuable information. Off the top of my head you can get a quick glimpse of how many pages Google is crawling per day, what searches you r pages showed up in, the top serches that reuslted in someone going to your site. It also provides a lot of diagnostic tools, I've caught more than few things that needed fixing through there.

Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Posted: Fri May 02, 2008 4:40 pm
by davidgid
One of my favorite things about google webmaster is the tools section. They have a great little tool to both analyze and generate your robots.txt file. The analyze is great because you can test your robot.txt on different urls to make sure you are not disallowing a bot from indexing certain pages you want to be index. The robots.txt can get really tricky when you start filtering on a query string. The analyze tool takes the guess work out of it.

Re: Is google webmasters any good?

Posted: Sat May 03, 2008 4:06 pm
by jaunty_mellifluous
How do you use robots.txt?