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Lesson 13 – Part 6 – Tour Webmaster Tools

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Now we’ll go on a tour of Webmaster Tools. Let’s take a look again at thesiscss.com which is what we were looking at before.

Review the Sitemap

We look at our sitemap. It’s got 38 URLs that were submitted and 25 URLs that were indexed. It’s saying that there are no crawl errors although there is one that has access denied. And I think I probably have that on purpose, now that I say that.

Site Health and Crawl Errors

If we take a look at the site health and look at crawl errors, except for this access denied error… wp app service. We wouldn’t want access to that so that’s fine. I don’t know why it tried to get into there.

Index and Malware

If we look at our status or index, we have 41 pages total in our index as of yesterday. If we look at the malware, we don’t have any malware on the site.

Links

If we look at links to our site, it notices 439 links to the site. BYOB Tutorial inks to it, BYOB Website links to it, Miss India links to it. Thesis Estore, Updowner, Thesis… oh, this is the most linked to content, for example. And then you’ve got these other things that say how the data is linked.

So this is what I was expecting to show you originally and you can see what your internal links are because there are bound to be a bunch of internal links.

HTML Improvements

And then let’s look at our HTML improvements. If we look at our HTML improvements, it says that there are no duplicate meta descriptions, no long meta descriptions but it does find 5 short meta descriptions.

If we look at those short meta descriptions, even though it only feels like a visual guide to the headline area in Thesis, a visual guide to the CSS of comments in Thesis is too short so it’s suggesting that we could increase those.

None of the pages have missing title tags but two pages have duplicate title tags. And if we look at those two pages, it would be the main home page and the blog so that’s something that could be changed if we wanted to fix that.

And then none of them are long, none of them are too short, none of them are non-informative, this one’s important. This is something that’s relatively new in Google and if Google feels like your title tags are not informative then it will ping you.

So anyway, I think that’s just about it. That’s what I wanted to show you here. The most critical part of this is just setting up the sitemap and getting the sitemap submitted.

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  • kunle biglawal May 28, 2013, 11:27 am

    Hi Rick
    I followed the instruction in installing the Google sitemap but after installation i could not find it under the “Setting”.
    I deleted it and downloaded it through http://www.wordpress.org and using Filezilla to upload it but still did not find it under the “Setting”
    Is there anything am missing please?

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