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Google Webmaster Tools Has New Experimental Options

     

darkyl

12:55 am on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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At least in my country, WMT doesn't show the PR indicator anymore.

Also I'm seeing "experimental features":

- View as Googlebot (which simply shows the source code of your pages)
- Malware details (details in case your site is affected with malware).

Any comments?

Sally Stitts

1:27 am on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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A PR indicator in WMT?

I have never seen such a thing, here in California.

Do you remember what section it was in, and/or how to access it?

tedster

1:44 am on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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These new features appear under a "Google Labs" heading - along with this disclaimer:

Webmaster Tools Labs is a testing ground for experimental features that aren't
quite ready for primetime. They may change, break or disappear at any time.

The source code feature, "Fetch as Googlebot", does not force a new spidering but retrieves the result of the last spidering - including the HTTP server headers as well as the HTML source.

Sally Stitts

2:27 am on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Ah, yes, Tedster, cool.

Under the new "Labs" tab, I get "Fetch As Googlebot", and "Malware Details", but alas, no PR Indicator. If they do indeed include it, that will certainly get people's attention, although it might simply reflect toolbar PR, a none too accurate indicator, as has been discussed. Yet still, another convenience.

I was happy to see that I had no malware detected.

ruip

2:59 am on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Some issues with special characteres in ISO-8859-1, results give UTF ? char

tedster

3:05 am on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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...alas, no PR Indicator. If they do indeed include it, that will certainly get people's attention

Note that the OP said "WMT doesn't show the PR indicator anymore."

Sally Stitts

3:12 am on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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" ... may change, break, or disappear at any time."

I was just wondering if "reappear" might be an option.

anallawalla

5:19 am on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Labs just appeared in Australia (at least to me) sometime this afternoon.

jkovar

11:34 am on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I like the fetch as Googlebot gimmick, it includes HTTP headers in the output.

I hope they don't later decide to abandon the malware checker thing. I'm guessing it's using the malware domain signature API or whatever it was I stunbled across months ago thinking it would be cool to implement but Google is probably going to add it to WMT sooner or later anyways.

I'm not going to miss the PR indicator thingies in the crawl stats. The whole "page with the highest PR" was pretty much useless as the index seems to always be the page after the sites been around awhile. The PR distribution gauges were never of any use to me either.

mark_roach

12:36 pm on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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The source code feature, "Fetch as Googlebot", does not force a new spidering but retrieves the result of the last spidering - including the HTTP server headers as well as the HTML source

However it appears that Googlebot will immediately spider pages it has not visited before. It will be interesting to see how soon these new pages get added to the index.

rustybrick

12:56 pm on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

patrickSMC

1:33 pm on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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As late as yesterday, there was a "PR Indicator" in WMT. I'm not certain what section it was in, but I believe it was in crawl stats.

It was really a simple graph. It had three bars running horizontally: High, Medium, Low. The idea was to show the distribution of PageRank across your site as a bar graph. Unfortunately, my site was stuck with low page ranks, so it just showed the low bar completely full and the other two empty.

There was also an indicator of the page with the highest PageRank for the previous three months. That is gone too.

tedster

3:39 pm on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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The Blog article that rustybrick linked to above has some more information about the new Malware option:

Sometimes finding the malicious code is extremely difficult, even when you do know which pages it was found on. Today we are happy to announce that we'll be providing snippets of code that exist on some of those pages that we consider to be malicious.

Now that sounds very useful.

ergophobe

11:26 pm on Oct 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I just noticed that the PR information was missing. I wondered if this was new or not, because I don't usually pay attention to it. Came here to look at the homepage and sure enough, there's a thread about it!

I presume this is part of the effort to de-emphasize PR. Is the next step just to make it unavailable to the public altogether?

zerotre

4:57 am on Oct 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It appears in the Italian version too.
To the left-hand column in the menu for each website, there is a :
Funzioni sperimentali
-->Visualizza come Googlebot
-->Dettagli malware
If this malware add-on works, it's a great thing for many small websites.

stephen186

8:55 am on Oct 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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PR indicator looks very interesting. I did not know that.

Will have to check it out whether it shows in my country..

saxman

1:24 pm on Oct 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I don't see the "Labs" tab yet. Do I need to do something? I would like to view this new feature also :-(
 

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