Google Webmaster Tools introduced a new feature around few weeks ago. It’s called Index Status. I was taking a look at it today and it can really help you to identify any search indexing related issue for your website. Index Status is under Health menu. When you click on it you should see a graph like below that will give you the total number of webpages indexed in Google search of your site for every week over a period of time. So if you see that your graph is rising steadily then you can rest assured that all is well and your new pages are getting indexed by Googlebot regularly.
Have you ever wondered if your Gmail or Google account ever expires How long do you think Google will keep your account even if you don’t care to log in? Don’t worry! You have a long grace period before Google will deactivate your account.
I checked directly from Google’s Program Policies. According to them, they may delete your account if you don’t sign in for last nine months. Here is what they have to say:
Another Google project is going down after Google Buzz. Today I received a mail from Google about the impending death of Google Wave. By 31st January, 2012 all Google waves will be read-only and the service will be completely shut down on 30th April, 2012. Just like Google Buzz, there is option to keep your waves. You can export your important waves as PDF format. Anyways it is not an issue for me. I don’t like to get too social online and only few social resources that I use like Facebook or Twitter are merely for sending out my blog updates. So I have nothing to export or keep from Google Buzz or Google Wave
Google has now integrated search queries data from Google Webmaster Tools to Google Analytics so that user can better analyze their traffic data with the help of better filtering and visualization options that one can get in Analytics account. So if you now go to your Google Analytics account using the new interface, you will see a new sidebar menu called Search Engine Optimization under Traffic Sources which in turn is under REPORTS tab. For your convenience I have attached a screenshot for the same
Long back I wrote a blog post that you might not get immediate traffic data from Google Analytics as they generally update reports every 24 hours. But around a week ago they announced that they will be serving real time visitors data as it happens on your site. Just now I wanted to take a look in my own Google Analytics account. I switched to new interface but couldn’t find anything as they showed in their screenshot. According to their blog post, I need to be an administrator for the Google Analytics account, otherwise I won’t get the option. But I am the only one accessing my Analytics account and so I am the administrator! I was just thinking what might have gone wrong! Then I found out that it’s yet to be rolled out for all the Google Analytics accounts and they are planning to add it gradually in the coming weeks. I was just in too much of a hurry So if you just can’t wait like me, go to this url and request access to real-time analytics option for your account. Then you might get priority than other publishers as they keep rolling out the feature
Now Adsense ads are going to get social!From early October Google will be showing +1 button on Adsense display ads.According to Google, it will help in determining an ad’s relevance. Suppose if you see your friend has already clicked +1 button for that ad, you are most likely to check it anyway. And as an Adsense publisher it can increase you click-through rate too. Google is likely to even show the friend’s face who +1′ed it. This feature will be turned on by default and it will start showing +1 button on Google Adsense ads. And if you want to disable it, you have to go to your Adsense account. Personally, I don’t like this too much social stuffs. So I will keep it turned off. But I might try it soon enough if I see it really increases the click-through rate for others. I don’t want to earn less money where I can after all
In case you have missed this much awaited update from Google, Gmail offline version has been released at the end of last month. But current offline Gmail is only supported in Google Chrome browser and for that you need to go the Google Chrome web store and install this Offline Google Mail app extension. So whenever you don’t have internet connection you can click Gmail Offline Icon on the tab pane and use the interface to access, read and respond to your emails. Gmail Offline will synchronize messages and queue them up to deliver whenever internet connection is available. It can be pretty handy if you are an extensive Gmail user or use Gmail as part of Google Apps for your domain or business.
Google just announced this significant change on link reporting feature in Google Webmaster Tools on their official Webmaster Central blog. Previously the links from your sub-domains were considered as external links by Google and they used to show these links in external links section. That included www subdomain too. Suppose you registered www.yoursite.com in Google webmaster tools. So links coming from yoursite.com would have been considered as external links. Even in case you registered a domain with sub-folder path like www.yoursite.com/test/group1, link from www.yoursite.com/test/group1/profile.html would have been considered as internal link whereas a link from www.yoursite.com/test/ would have been an external link. That was because Google used to only consider links that started with your exact registered url as internal links.
Perhaps, many of you have read online that Google has just announced that it will shut down Google Labs and rather from now on it will concentrate on new experiments on specific product channels like Gmail Labs or Maps Labs. But one thing might have gone under your radar and if you are a webmaster or a blogger I would like to update you that Google just closed Google Directory. It was introduced way back in 2000 and was second Google service after Google search. Now if you go to the homepage link you will see something like:
I use AddThis dashboard to check the data on how my blog has been shared across social bookmarking sites. And as I use AddThis widget to show Google +1 button on my blog posts, I can also get the sharing trend of Google +1 button from my blog pages. But just a day or two ago Google +1 Metrics has been added in Google Webmaster Tools. Now if you open your site dashboard from Webmaster Tools, you will see +1 Metrics Menu at the sidebar. Click on it to get all the sub-menus and explore all the detailed info including how many unique visitors clicked Google +1 button on your site and which pages have been shared and when. There is another interesting aspect of measuring the search impact of Google +1 button on your site. As you can see from the screenshot, you will find the number of +1 annotated impressions on Google search results page compared to the total impressions for your site. You can get the same data on actual results page clicks on your site link. And if you generate enough traffic to gain a substantial data, Google will show the difference on CTR for pages shown from with & without + annotated results.