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Google Webmaster Tools New Interface Now Live To All

 11:04 am on Jun 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

System: The following 2 messages were cut out of thread at: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/3912211.htm [webmasterworld.com] by engine - 12:47 pm on June 11, 2009 (utc +1)

I, for one, liked the old look better. It seems that Google has forced the new look on everyone as of today.

And, format aside, it looks like 1/3 of my external links have gone bye-bye in this new format. Not sure what the purpose of this is -- sometimes things are best left alone.



 11:42 am on Jun 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

How are we supposed to file a reconsideration request now?

The new look doesn't seem to have the link to file one.


 12:41 pm on Jun 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

gouri: Select a site, then look to the left and you'll find "Reconsideration requests" under "Help with," which leads to a help page with a link to the form. The "Report paid links" and "Report spam" links seem to have disappeared entirely, for some reason.


 12:44 pm on Jun 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Interesting addition in the "Site configuration" menu called "Change of address," which allows you to notify them of a domain change to "help us update our index faster and smooth the transition for your users."


 1:47 pm on Jun 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

gouri: Select a site, then look to the left and you'll find "Reconsideration requests" under "Help with," which leads to a help page with a link to the form.

I found it where you mentioned but my WMT is offered with the web host so there is a meta tag on the homepage. I did not have to add a site into my WMT account by logging into my Gmail account. As a result, I am not sure what to do because in the choose a site option in the reconsideration request I don't have a site to choose?


 3:11 pm on Jun 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Sounds like an oversight on Google's end. Report it to them directly, or via your web host, and they might fix it.


 7:13 pm on Jun 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

That is good advice. I think that should help to have it included.


 12:01 pm on Jun 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Looking at my sites it seems Google are no longer showing 100% of the links. Keyword data has disappeared too, with them suggesting they dont have that data, but these are well crawled websites and they used to show the data.


 2:50 pm on Jun 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

I, for one, liked the old look better.

And, format aside, it looks like 1/3 of my external links have gone bye-bye in this new format.

Yes, I agree entirely! Although I'd say 9/10+ of my external links have disappeared!

I logged in just a couple of days ago (before the switch) to check on the external sites that were linking to me. I manually checked a lot of these links, and they were indeed valid! The reason for my external link checks was that I was moving the site to a new server and restructuring a lot of the content - the idea being I was going to setup a load of 301 redirects from the old to the new, based on what others were linking to. Now I log back in to download the links in order to setup the redirects (I've not moved the site yet) and it's almost empty! (Yes, I should have downloaded them a couple of days ago when I had the chance, but I didn't think they would just go "bye-bye"!) *sigh*


 10:10 pm on Jun 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

I can't believe how amazingly poor this new interface was designed. Pain in the ass to use now.

And yeah, having almost all of my links now gone is pretty dumb too.

Seriously, I am not going to be using this tool any more, it's actually pretty much useless in its current form. I can never understand why a company insists on re-designing their UI and actually making it much worse. Do companies like this just have too much spare time on their hands or something? If it aint broke don't fix it.


 7:32 am on Jun 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

My sitemap indexes are also messed up. The index file is shown as added correctly and the last downloaded date is today, but the "Total URL in Sitemap" is set to 0 and Indexed URLs in Sitemap has a dash as the value. The status is set to "OK". The summary info displayed on the Dashboard page is still correct though.

The actual sitemaps referred to in the index file are shown as added and updated (downloaded) regularly, with a green status tick, but only a '--' in the Format, URL submitted and Indexed URLs columns. Clicking on each of these sitemaps does give the correct "Total URLs in Sitemap" and "Indexed URL in Sitemap" values.

Google's recent changes have been very annoying.


 4:00 pm on Jun 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

Regardless of this new format, I have some thin sites that have wild percentage fluctations, week-to-week, in the external link list. This has proven to me, that Google no longer has the capability to navigate the entire web any more. Either the web has become too vast for them, their technology isn't robust enough, or their technical team hasn't been able to stay on top. Although Google search engine is decent, their dominance is dissipating, and their new features cannot hide their inability to stay abreast of the old, core things.


 5:03 pm on Jun 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

I hate the new layout. Who said that it was an 'improvement'? Its not.


 5:24 pm on Jun 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

I don't particularly like the new layout...I don't like new adwords interface either (actually, I hate new adwords interface)

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...QQ...eh well...we will just have get used to 'em i guess


 8:29 pm on Jun 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

Its not a improvement, old system was much better with more information.
Why would they downgrade webmaster tools when they just rolled out there serps in june. They don't want you to see useful info that was there before.
Remember the link in webmastertools to see what google see's its gone. That was great info. I corrected all my site using the old info and they all came back the past week.


 10:26 pm on Jun 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

I've added a new site to WMT a few days ago. I have just tried to change the Preferred Domain to force the www.example.com subdomain. I get...

"Part of the process of setting a preferred domain is to verify that you own http://example.com/. Please verify http://example.com/."

Not sure how I can do this as it's 301'd to the www anyway. Can't they compare the domains and work out that www is a standard subdomain?

And I see the Verification option has disappeared so I couldn't re-verify anyway.

Apart from that the geolocation selector is grayed out. Not a problem since the site is a .com aimed world wide but odd nevertheless.

Another thing: the site has been ranking well in the SERPS since the site was launched a couple of months ago so it must have been crawled, but according to crawl stats the site has never seen a crawler, has downloaded 0 bytes in the past 90 days and has spent zero milliseconds doing it.

It tells me the sitemap, which was accepted last week and was re-downloaded yesterday, is X and awaiting processing ("this may take some time" - a week?!).

And the ONLY internal link shown is one they are not supposed to have, from a disallowed page (which it acknowleges IS disallowed) to a disallowed contact form. And the linking page has noindex,nofollow,noarchive at the top of it so it shouldn't even have found the link.


 10:34 am on Jun 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

I guess the external links would stay at 1/3 the original in this new view.

I noticed that links coming from some article directories are missing in this view apart from others.


 2:46 am on Jun 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

One GREAT thing I noticed, is that you now get feedback on the status of a reconsideration request! Today I spotted message in my account stating that my request had been processed. Brilliant :D


 3:28 am on Jun 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

One potentially poor thing for the savvy webmaster is that the backlink report no longer includes 301 redirects.

JohnMu: ...we built a new backend for gathering links data as part of our new UI and we decided not to follow 301s. The reason we did this was a lot of users were trying to go to the source page that we mention has the URL and were unable to find it since we were showing the final destination URL rather than what was specified on page.

We understand this change has solved issues for some users, but created new problems for others and we are going to look at ways to solve this problem.

Webmaster Help Forums [google.com]


 10:16 pm on Jun 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

where is the reconsideration request link nowadays ?


 10:40 pm on Jun 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

You can get there from the Dashboard page - look on the left under "Help with". The next page first asks you to watch a video, and then the actual link tor the request is down the page a bit.


 11:12 pm on Jun 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks, i hadn't seen that


 2:45 pm on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

Although I'd say 9/10+ of my external links have disappeared!

Most, if not all, of my previously reported external links seem to have returned! :)


 1:43 am on Jun 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

The best thing I like is seeing the crawl-stats in real time. This gives me tons of information.

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