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Google Webmaster Central

Posted in: Google,Search Engine Optimisation,Search Engines by Richard Hearne on August 5, 2006
Internet Marketing Ireland

Google has updated its Sitemaps application and added a number of new features under the umbrella ‘Google Webmaster Central‘:


The Sitemaps UI seems to have been cleaned up quite a bit and my first impressions are that it is somewhat easier to navigate and problems/errors are far better highlighted now.

So far I have only found one new feature – ‘Preferred Domain’. This feature allows you to display either www.yoursite.com or yoursite.com in Google’s index:


[Update] I have just noticed that if you click on the ‘Preferred domain’ link the navigation bar gives you a new option ‘Crawl rate’. At the moment this option is only available from that particular page (to me anyway) and is giving a 404 Not Found error. I expect this option will allow you to tell Google to ease off your site if the Googlebot is too aggressive when crawling your site.

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  1. This all so very useful, thanks.

    Comment by Jeff Friedberg — February 18, 2007 @ 9:35 pm

  2. [...] Just a quick heads-up for anyone who linkes to track their backlink data. Google appears to have updated the backlink data in the Webmaster Console. [...]

    Pingback by Webmaster Console Updates Backlink Data | Search Engine Optimisation & Online Marketing Ireland .:. Red Cardinal — June 17, 2007 @ 9:22 am

  3. I would like to start a web site using Google and I would like very much to talk to a human. Please give a phone number so I can call.

    Comment by T.C.S. — June 25, 2008 @ 4:30 pm

  4. Hi TCS – Unfortunately I’m not Google. Shame that. Worse still Google don’t talk to people over the phone unless you want to give them money. The final nail in the coffin is that Google dont help people to start websites.

    Sorry – best bet is to call a web designer about this.


    Comment by Richard Hearne — June 29, 2008 @ 6:49 am

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