Matt Cutts Asks For Suggestions To Fine Tune Webmaster Tools Further As 2014 Approaches

November 25th, 2013

Every SEO is always on the lookout for some great SEO Tools which will simplify and facilitate the work of optimizing websites. There are many SEO tools available in the market but I am sure every SEO will vouch for the Webmaster Tools and the Google Analytics offered by Google in order to monitor and measure the website’s progress .


Google webmaster tools is part of a marketing effort by Google to reach out to Webmasters and promote Google services. I call it a platform to converse and communicate with Google regarding your website. On this platform Google basically tells you how to help them to keep a track of your website and in return informs you about how your website is being indexed and crawled by the Googlebot.

Improving the features of Google Webmaster Tools is a constant endeavour for Google. The WMT keep on regularly getting upgraded with the latest features.

Since Vanessa Fox started working on Webmaster Central in 2005 till date WMT have been updated several times and as 2014 approaches Matt Cutts has asked everyone on his blog for suggestions to improve the WMT further to take it at a new functional level.

Some things that Matt Cutts could imagine people wanting are:

  • Make it easier/faster to claim authorship or do authorship markup.
  • Improved reporting of spam, bugs, errors, or issues. Maybe people who do very good spam reports could be “deputized” so their future spam reports would be fast-tracked. Or perhaps a karma, cred, or peer-based system could bubble up the most important issues, bad search results, etc.
  • Option to download the web pages that Google has seen from your site, in case a catastrophe like a hard drive failure or a virus takes down your entire website.
  • Checklists or help for new businesses that are just starting out.
  • Periodic reports with advice on improving areas like mobile or page speed.
  • Send Google “fat pings” of content before publishing it on the web, to make it easier for Google to tell where content appeared first on the web.
  • Better tools for detecting or reporting duplicate content or scrapers.
  • Show pages that don’t validate.
  • Show the source pages that link to your 404 pages, so you can contact other sites and ask if they want to fix their broken links.
  • Or almost as nice: tell the pages on your website that lead to 404s or broken links, so that site owners can fix their own broken links.
  • Better or faster bulk URL removal (maybe pages that match a specific phrase?).
  • Refreshing the existing data in Webmaster Tools faster or better.
  • Improve robots.txt checker to handle even longer files.
  • Ways for site owners to tell us more about their site: anything from country-level data to language to authorship to what content management system (CMS) you use on different parts of the site. That might help Google improve how it crawls different parts of a domain.

If you have any other suggestion as regards the new features wanted for WMT post your comment on

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Founder of WebPro Technologies a Web solutions company based in India which focuses on building quality web presence for businesses. Bharati Ahuja is a SEO Trainer and speaker, Web Entrepreneur, Blog Writer, Internet Marketing Consultant.


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