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Google Webmaster Tools API Released
Receptional Andy




msg:3680157
 11:50 am on Jun 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

The Google Webmaster Central blog has announced the first release of the Webmaster Tools API:

From our discussions with webmasters, we've consistently heard requests to open Webmaster Tools for third-party integration. The Webmaster Tools team has taken this request to heart and I'm happy to announce that we're now releasing an API for Webmaster Tools
Get Cooking with the Webmaster Tools API [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com]
A developer's guide [code.google.com] is also available for anyone that wants to have a play around.

There's fairly limited data/functionality available at this stage, but it's one to watch IMO.

 

tedster




msg:3680321
 5:18 pm on Jun 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

While the offering of an API is interesting, the article itself is really strange. It reads as if they intentionally wrote it to test the relevance algorithm - to see if the url will inappropriately rank for "cooking" searches!

Inapproprite ranking of metaphorical language is a challenging "edge case" for search, and I have a suspicion that this is a test case!

Receptional Andy




msg:3680359
 6:07 pm on Jun 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

test case

I confess, I had a totally "user" perspective when reading the blog post: I skipped through all the cooking content until I got to where it told me about the API features. My impression was that it was the result of an over-zealous copywriter.

But you make a great point. The beauty of it being that even if it was unintentional, we can still use it as test. My money is on it appearing for irrelevant searches in the very near future ;)

Receptional Andy




msg:3680688
 10:11 am on Jun 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

My money is on it appearing for irrelevant searches in the very near future

I don't think I was far off ;)

Still, it's an interesting question as to what is or isn't relevant - the page does contain information about cooking after all.

It also raises some questions about the impact of a themed site vs an off-topic page on an established (but largely irrelevant) resource.

Of course, this thread is now suffering from a similar problem!

Robert Charlton




msg:3680935
 6:50 pm on Jun 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

...all the cooking content...

Maybe this article contains some algo hints, clues to those magic phrases that tell Google what an article's really about....

How all this relates to webmasters is that the webmaster community is also made up of a diverse group of people who use a variety of tools in a myriad of ways. Just like how within the outdoor cooking community there's a contingent of people creating their own solar ovens, the webmaster community has a subgroup of people creating and sharing their own tools.

Perhaps "just like how" could become more powerful onpage optimizing tool than the title element. ;)

In this case, I found the most useful thing about the article was the link to the Developer's Guide [code.google.com], which gets to the point...

Google Webmaster Tools allows client applications to view and update site information and Sitemaps in the form of Google Webmaster Tools Data API feeds. Your client application can use the Google Webmaster Tools Data API to view sites in your account, add and remove sites, verify site ownership, and submit and delete Sitemaps.

carguy84




msg:3682272
 11:11 am on Jun 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

"Jonathan, you need to write 4 paragraphs on the new Webmaster Tools API"
- Crap, I only have 2 paragraphs. Oh I know, I'll just write gibberish about cooking in the beginning to fill space and waste everyone's time.
"Perfect"

Roughly how that went down.

ambellina




msg:3683238
 4:30 pm on Jun 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

"Jonathan, you need to write 4 paragraphs on the new Webmaster Tools API"
- Crap, I only have 2 paragraphs. Oh I know, I'll just write gibberish about cooking in the beginning to fill space and waste everyone's time.
"Perfect"

Lol. The timestamp shows 1:22PM, so he must have been working fast so he could get to a late lunch. I wonder if he had that solar oven picture already, or if he went out and built one :)

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