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Google Webmaster Tools Checklist

Google Webmaster Tools Checklist

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Create a Webmaster Tools account and verify your site
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Add a Sitemap for each site in your Webmaster Tools account
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Check to See if you have any urgent messages
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View Recommended HTML improvements
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Look for Crawl Errors
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Look and verify Crawl Status
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Look for Blocked Pages
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Check for malware

Create a Webmaster Tools account and verify your site

If you have a Google Account, you can sign in to Webmaster Tools straight away. 

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    In the Search Console home page, click the Add a property button and type the URL of the site
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    Click Continue to open the Site verification page.
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    Select a verification method to prove that you own the site and follow the verification instructions
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    If your site supports multiple protocols (http:// and https://), you must add each as a separate site.
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    If your site support multiple domains (for example example.com, m.example.com & www.example.com) you must add each one as a separate site.
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    If you support both www and non-www, be sure to specify your preferred domain (www or non-www).

Add a Sitemap for each site in your Webmaster Tools account

Sitemaps are a great way to tell Google about the pages you own, and how often they are updated or changed. Get started with Sitemaps.

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    Goto your web property from GWT dashboard
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    On left had side menu, go to Crawl -> Sitemaps
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    Click on ‘Add/Test Sitemap’ button on right hand side
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    Enter your sitemap address and click submit
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    Check the sitemaps regularly for URL related issues and index status
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    Update sitemap regularly with recently added URLs (or use automated sitemaps like​ Sitemap by Yoast)

Check to See if you have any urgent messages

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    Log into Webmaster Tools Application
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    Click on the your website name
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    Go to messages on left hand side menu
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    Check messages
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    Take actions to resolve if you found any issues

Look for Crawl Errors

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    On left hand menu, ‘Crawl’ -> Crawl Erros
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    Check for Crawl issues and recommendations from Google
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    If you found any 404 pages, try to remove or make a redirection for such pages

Look and verify Crawl Status

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    On left hand menu, go to Crawl -> Crawl Status
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    Make sure crawling data is here
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    If you can’t see crawling data, check your robots.txt to make sure website is accessible
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    Check the crawl status regularly

Look for Blocked Pages

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    Visit yourdomain.com/robots.txt
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    Check Google Index -> Blocked resources on GWT
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    Make sure all relevant pages have been indexed/ crawled by Google
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    Make sure you have blocked URLs for pages you don’t want the search engines to see like private pages, admin backend content, etc.

Check for malware

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    On left hand side of the GWT, click on ‘Security Issues’
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    Check if there is any security issues found by Google
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    Work with web developer and hosting providers to clean the server from security.
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    Track the GWT security section regularly

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