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GWT Adds Sitelinks Info - plus 6 months history for search queries

     
7:31 pm on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Google have just added the ability to show keyword search queries and clicks as far back as the last 6 months. Should be prove very useful...
8:15 pm on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The sitelinks part looks new too?

Sitelinks are additional links Google sometimes generates from site contents in order to help users navigate your site. Google generates these sitelinks periodically from your site's contents.
7:44 pm on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Sitelinks are additional links Google sometimes generates from site contents in order to help users navigate your site. Google generates these sitelinks periodically from your site's contents.

Saw this new feature this morning, I like it, itlooks like they are going to start showing a basic index of important pages under your serp results, but not in effect yet.

[edited by: tedster at 11:38 pm (utc) on Oct. 18, 2007]
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8:18 pm on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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What's new, I think, is the notice in Webmaster Tools. SiteLinks have been around for over a year. Whether they display or not depends on the specific search term used. We've got more information in our Hot Topics area [webmasterworld.com], which is always pinned to the top of this forum's index page.

Google publishes information on SiteLinks (extended listings) [webmasterworld.com] Sep. 8, 2006

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Yeah, i've known about it for awhile too, just neat to see it pop up in my account, I remember the discussions about when it first started, about what the significance was.
Also, Im liking the history for Top Search queries, and the percentages, just not sure how to interpret them :P
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What's really new apparently is two things:

1. SiteLinks can now include as many as eight (some people have even seen ten) separate internal pages.

2. In GWT, you will be able to block unwanted SiteLinks from showing under your domain. Sometimes the SiteLinks algo makes a poor choice.

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I see it now in Webmaster Tools but ours says:

"Google has not generated any sitelinks for your site."

and they HAVE and have had our Sitelinks for a long time now...?

9:07 pm on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Must be another beta release from Mountain View, eh?
2:11 am on Oct 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Question about the top search queries report...
# %__ Query__ Position
1 15% keyword 10
2 13% keyword 7
3 8% keyword3 6
4 8% keyword4 116
5 6% keyword5 8

anyone know what the % is supposed to represent?

Not really a good description from Google yet.

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Here's what the Webmaster Central blog says:

Now we show what percentage each query result or click represents out of the top 20 queries. This should help you see how well the result or click volume is distributed in the top 20.

[googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com...]

Still not crystal clear to me, but my best understanding is that your top 20 click-producing terms are totalled, and the percentage of that total for each search term is what Google reports.

This seems to add up. Search volume will vary for different terms. So a low position on a "big search term" can still produce more clicks than a high position for a rare search.

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"Google has not generated any sitelinks for your site."

Me too :(

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Ranking first in the SERPs is a factor here...
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Ranking first in the SERPs is a factor here...
That I know is not true, because I do rank #1 in SE right now and have for some time.
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Well I made a couple structural changes this morning; be interesting to see if I can entice the sitelinks.

On the other hand, I looked at the history stuff - a lot (if not most) of the sites in my GWT account only have history numbers going back 30 days max. And I only looked at the sites that generally have a lot of traffic. So maybe they don't have it all in yet, or may it's six months worth starting *now* (which means in five months it will all be there) or...?

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Has anyone tried changing their Sitelinks yet? I wonder what will happen in I block 2 of the 8... does that mean I only get 6 Sitelinks or will they find two more links that might be just as relevant?
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netmeg, the funny thing was I saw the longest records in site history for the sites with the least traffic. But in general, I didn't see anything 2 months old or beyond.

exposure: yes, er... well thanks.
Please do that and report back with the results, will you? (j/k)

 

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