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Google Webmaster Tools - should I or should I not?

 7:55 am on Sep 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

I have heard good things about google webmaster tools but I cannot decide, do I benefit from this or do I give google too much information about me and my web interests.


What are the benefits to the user of google webmaster tools?


What are the potential pitfalls for users?



 8:49 am on Sep 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

See [google.co.uk...]


 7:19 am on Oct 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

BeeDeeDubbleU See [google.co.uk...]

Well I followed the link, but tbh I am not overly enlightenned by it.

Are there people with Webmaster Tools Accounts and strong top ten positions in competitive keywords?

Is that the right question to ask even?

What I really want to know is, should I join or should I not!?


 8:17 am on Oct 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

There is no easy answer to this. It has to be your call. All I was doing was pointing you to resources that could help you make up your own mind.


 1:15 pm on Oct 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hi BeeDeeDubbleU..

I did follow the link and tweaked it to get what I think you intended.

I have not yet made my mind up. Perhaps I should try it with a site that does not matter so much first.

I suppose if you don't like it you could leave, but the giving of data to the monster google would have taken place.


 1:22 pm on Oct 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

I signed up two of my sites, they had some mistakes code wise ect.. after a couple of days one was de indexed (never recovered) another which had #1 rankings were dropped down to position 7+ ect.. so I guess giving too much info to google might be a bad idea.


 1:27 pm on Oct 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

Oh htdawg, that sounds terrible.

I am knocking on page 1 with two important key terms (pos 11 & 13 at the moment) and feel I just need to do a couple more things right to get on the front page. I can't really afford to do too many things wrong hence my concern about it.


 12:40 pm on Oct 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

Well I have jumped in. Three of our four sites are now on GWMT. There is some useful data in there. I changed my robots.txt file as a result on one of the sites and it is interesting what google thinks the sites are strong for. Not keywords I would have expected us to be that strong for. Perhaps that is information I can use.

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