Matt Cutts Wants To Know How You Would Improve Google Webmaster Tools

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Matt Cutts, Google’s head of search spam, published a post on his personal blog today asking for feedback about how Google can improve Webmaster Tools in 2014.

Google’s webmaster console allows you to verify your website and be alerted of manual webspam actions that will directly affect your site.

They have also improved how they alert users of website security issues, including resources to help webmasters if their site has been hacked. They have made improvements to how site owners can view backlinks pointing to their site.

In addition to improvements made within Google Webmaster Tools, Matt also points out they have spent dozens of hours doing Google+ Hangouts for websites and have published around 500 different webmaster videos to help site owners.

Taking all of that into account, Matt poses the question: “What would you like to see from Webmaster Tools (or the larger team) in 2014?”

Matt throws out an entire list of possible suggestions that you can view on his blog, but I will highlight some of the best ones.

Possible suggestions could include making Google Authorship markup easier for site owners, improved reporting of spam and other errors, checklists for new businesses that are just starting out, tools for reporting duplicate content, and faster bulk URL removal.

Matt ends his post with a disclaimer:

To be clear, this is just some personal brainstorming–I’m not saying that the Webmaster Tools team will work on any of these. What I’d really like to hear is what you would like to see in 2014, either in Webmaster Tools or from the larger team that works with webmasters and site owners.

So, let’s hear it! How would you improve Google Webmaster Tools? Please note that I truly appreciate, and usually respond to all comments. But to have your voice heard make sure you also comment on Matt Cutts’ blog post that I have linked to above.

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  • Great post. Thanks for sharing. I really like the idea of a tool for reporting duplicate content from anywhere across the web. What do you think could be improved?

  • I really want a tab for automated penalty so that we comes to know from which update our site has been penalized.

  • Wow this will be very useful for all site owners.

  • really useful article . I’ve got a question. If the external site puts an incorrect connect to a webpage of my website shoud i worry? Will i need to produce a custom redirect rule for each situation like that one?

  • I think this is the great move from Google. Now all users can get more detailed information for their website.

  • Majority of the keywords being put under “not provided” is making things difficult. How about accurate organic keyword data in Google Webmasters?

  • We need a complete list of backlinks so that we need not use any other tool to see the full back links

  • Now that (not reported) has taken over Analytics, I would like to see more detailed and accurate search phrase reports in Webmaster Tools.

  • That is going to be a very long comment thread!

  • Would like to see more detailed information about manual spam penalty and steps to recover from it. Also an notification for algorithmic penalty if any would be great to see in WMT. That way site owners can know what is wrong and how to fix it.

  • I can only assume that Google webmaster and Analytic compelling webmasters to use another products of Google “Adword , Adsense ” its really significant dependency for webmasters who are looking for Leads and revenue from their websites. Via codingbrains

  • This is amazing tool for my sites. I can remove my error pages easily and i can check my duplicate Meta tags. Thanks for Webmaster tool.

  • We need as much information as we can get…. think this is a step in the right direction.

  • More information about algorithm updates would be great; something like the timeline and so. Also more organic keyword data obviously.

  • More info on Algorithm updates; something to know when your site might have been hit and why .Bulk URL remover would be nice too.