Get Google’s view of your website, and diagnose potential problems
See how Google crawls and indexes your site and learn about specific problems we’re having accessing it.
See how your site is performing
Learn which queries drive traffic to your site, and see exactly how users arrive there.
Share info with us to help us crawl your site better
Tell us about your pages: which ones are most important to you and how often they change. You can also let us know how you would like the URLs we index to appear.
Get started today – it’s free!
Simply log in with your Google Account and add your site URL to get started. It’s an easy and free way to have a more interactive experience with Google.
source: Official Google Webmaster Tools at http://www.google.com/webmasters
Getting Google’s view of your site, and diagnosing potential problems
Webmaster Tools help speed up the discovery of your pages, which is an important first step in crawling and indexing your website. The first step to increasing your site’s visibility on Google is learning how Google robots crawl and index your site. Creating a Site Map ( listing of pages in your site) in either XML format or basic TXT file than submitting allows Google to crawl your site and is especially beneficial if your site is new and has few links to it.
If your site ever is compromised by Malware, Google Webmaster Tools will notify you of such problems which can easily be remedied before your site is blocked in Google Search.
What happens next?
Allowing anywhere from a few hours to a few days for the Googlebot to crawl your site after Site Map submission, you will be presented with a list of viewable options on how Google sees and rates your website, these include;
- Configuration – Settings, Sitelinks, URL Parameters
- Health – Crawl Stats & Errors, Blocked URLs, Malware
- Traffic – Search Queries, Links To Your Site, Internal Links
- Optimisation – Sitemaps, HTML Improvements, Content Keywords
- Labs – Site Performance
Google Webmaster Tools is a great resource which I encourage all webmasters and site owners to participate in.