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  • 1. Google for Webmasters
  • 2. Your site and Google Discovering Crawling Indexing Ranking and Serving
  • 3. Your content and GoogleGetting pages in (and out) of Google’s indexMaking your site accessible…And smartly labeled
  • 4. How Google discovers your site Organic links Add URL tool: http://www.google.com/addurl/ Sitemaps
  • 5. Discoverability – Sitemaps XML Sitemaps Useful for: Dynamic content Websites with few incoming links Large archive of content pages Provides Google with information on: When the site was last updated How often it changes The relative importance of pages on your site http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=40318 And http://www.sitemaps.org
  • 6. Telling Google what not to indexYou may wish to block from search engines… Private information Sections or pages “under construction”Blocking options include… Robots.txt http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py? answer=35302 Meta tags http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=93710 NOTE: Not to be used simultaneously to block the same set of pages.
  • 7. Understanding accessibilityAccessibility is a critical component of web sites, enabling… Effective crawling by Googlebot Browsing and interacting on a mobile device Understanding of content by the sight-impaired
  • 8. Accessibility and GooglebotGooglebot is good at crawling text: HTML PDFs, docs, txts, etcMore challenging for Googlebot: Images and movies Dynamic and rich content: Flash, JavaScript, frames, or dynamically generated URLsAdvice: View your site in a text-only browser:
  • 9. Making your images more accessible <img src=“googlebot.jpg” alt=“googlebot with flowers”> “Googlebot -- what a dreamboat. Its like he knows us <head>, <body>, and soul.” Describe the important content of each image in text Use alt-text Descriptive file names
  • 10. Dynamic & media rich content suggestions Design for accessibility Design with progressive Focus on users enhancement Multiple browsers Navigation in HTML, then add Mobile phone your rich content Screen readers Example: YouTubeFor best uses of Flash:http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2007/07/best-uses-of-flash.htmlFor best uses of Ajax:http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2007/11/spiders-view-of-web-20.html
  • 11. Importance of titles and descriptions HTML Code: <title>Google Webmaster Central</title>
  • 12. Duplicate contentWhat is duplicate content? Example: article and printer version of the siteBest practices: 301s Preferred domain feature Robots.txt fileFor more helpful tips:http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2008/09/demystifying-duplicate-content-penalty.html
  • 13. Ranking – Relevance and importance Sites listings are prioritized algorithmically according to pages’… Relevance Matching the search to the page Taking into account geography In some cases, considering a user’s web history Importance http://www.google.com/technology http://www.google.com/history Pigeons (http://www.google. com/technology/pigeonrank.html)
  • 14. Understanding PageRank Now just one of more than two hundred ranking components Based more upon quality (rather than quantity) of incoming and natural links Buying or selling links to pass PageRank is against Google’s Webmaster Guidelines http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=66356 Best methods to increase PageRank: Create great content Participate thoughtfully in relevant communities online and offline
  • 15. Fluctuations in PageRank and ranking Rankings fluctuate! (Hundreds of ranking signals, with over 450 updated last year alone) Algorithmic updates Changes in your site’s contents Changes in other sites’ contents Violation of Google Webmaster Guidelines
  • 16. Keeping your site strong: Webmaster Guidelines Put yourself in your users’ shoes Treat Googlebot the same way as your human users (don’t cloak!) Make sure outgoing links point to relevant resources that reflect well on you Read our Webmaster Guidelines: http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769
  • 17. Google’s resources for webmastersGoogle’s official blog, help center, discussion group, and beyond
  • 18. Webmaster Central Tools Submit your content to Google Blog Help Center Documentation Discussion GroupWebmaster Central aims to provide relevant resources and tools to helpwebmasters get the best experience with Google. http://www.google.com/webmasters
  • 19. Webmaster Tools – An insider’s view of your siteGoogle Webmaster Tools provides you a free and easy way to make your sitemore Google-friendly. Using this tool, you and other site owners can: Get Google’s view of your website and diagnose potential problems See how your site is performing Add a Sitemap
  • 20. Webmaster Tools – Helping Google help you Communicate with Google Adjust crawl rates Delete outdated sitelinks Report spam and paid links File a reconsideration request
  • 21. Webmaster Tools – Discover moreLearn how to use Webmaster Tools more in depth:http://www.google.com/webmasters/edu/quickstartguide/index.html
  • 22. Google Webmaster Central Blog The Google Webmaster Central Blog Official Google communications directed at Webmasters Announcements New Features Information on indexing, ranking, guidelinesEnglish: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/German: http://googlewebmastercentral-de.blogspot.com/Chinese: http://www.googlechinawebmaster.com/
  • 23. Google Webmaster Help Center Hundreds of articles in more than two dozen languages Getting started guides, tips, guidelines, and more
  • 24. Google Webmaster Help Group The Webmaster Help Group can be reached via the link in Webmaster Central Experienced webmasters and Googlers answer your questions.16 languages supported as of July 2008:English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Dutch, Swedish,Finnish, Danish, Russian, Hebrew, Hungarian, Turkish, and Chinese
  • 25. Google Webmaster Central www.google.com/webmasters
  • 26. Other useful tools and resourcesGoogle offers many tools and products that can help you betterunderstand your site and enhance your users’ experiences. Create and share compelling content Gain a deeper understanding of your site’s visitors Get insight into your competitors and competitive space
  • 27. Creating and sharing compelling content
  • 28. Deeper understanding of your site’s visitors Google Analytics http://www.google.com/analytics/ Discover where your visitors come from Learn how they interact with your site Website Optimizer http://www.google.com/websiteoptimizer/ Test different combinations of site content Increase visitor conversion rates and satisfaction
  • 29. Research and keep track of your marketTrends – http://www.google.com/trendsReader – http://www.google.com/readerAlerts – http://www.google.com/alerts http://www.google. com/options
  • 30. Thank You