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.