Monitor Backlinks in New Google Search Console
Google has introduced new user interface for Google webmaster tool. The new Google search console has completely different layouts with some cool features. But sometimes it’s hard to understand new features and options. Most commonly website owners optimize website and its performance by using webmaster tool and it is one of the most important tool. And it is equally important to understand tool layout so that we could use it properly. Today I am going to share how you can monitor backlinks in new Google search console.
Steps to follow
Click on Start Now
Login with your webmaster login ID & Password
Choose the property from the top left menu drop-down Menu
Click on “Links” in left hand side menu
Choose “Top Linking Site”
Once you click on the option, you will get a list of websites from where you are getting backlinks. It is same as older search console “Links to your site” option.
Now you can monitor the number of backlinks and their quality. If you find any unusual number then you know you can file “Disavow Report”.
So that’s how you can monitor backlinks in new Google search console. If you still need any clarification then do visit Google support forum and explore about “New Google Search Console”. You will get more answers by which you can learn more about new Google search console.
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When we develop a website, we design a blue print and then and we create structure after that we apply skin/color/design/format etc. It is not possible for us to develop a website without having a structure. I’ve written this to make you understand about importance of structure. Now let’s talk more about Data Highlighter tool.
Effect of Data Highlighter tool in SEO
Yes this tool has effect on website SEO. This tool is used for teaching Google about the pattern of structured data on your website. You can simply use Data Highlighter to tag the data fields on your site with a mouse. Then Google can present your data more attractively — and in new ways — in search results and in other products such as the Google Knowledge Graph.
If you have structured data on your website, then it would be a lot easier for crawlers to understand. It would give you better SERP results.
Apart from getting better results, this tool would help you to design structure data with ease. You can simply add the information without using any codes. All you need is, open the the tool and start tagging your content.
You can easily define information such as “Product Category”, “Author”, “Date Published”, “Logo” , “Date created” and many more.
How to use Data Highlighter Tool
In order to use data highlighter tool, you can open the old search console, (https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/)> Go to the top left menu > Click on Search appearance > Choose Data Highlighter.
From there you can click on Start highlighting and put the URL for which you wanted to use structured data. Choose category i.e. type of content and then you will be able to highlight the data.
Highlighting data with this tool easy but if face any problem while using this, you can refer the “Data Highlighter” guide here.
How to fix index coverage issues in Google search console
It is very common to see index coverage issues on new website or blogs. If you have received a message in your Search Console which says “New Index coverage issue detected for site “yourdomain” then there are couple of things which you need to check.
Check the robots file
As the message says “Indexed, though blocked by robots.txt”. You need to check the robots file and see if your robots file is allowing crawler to crawl and index the website. If you have specified the search engines in robots file then please check if you have disalowed any URL which you are not suppose to disallow. Most commonly people follow the practice to disallow codes to make it clean for crawlers. But this practice might give you issues in website indexing. Take the example of robots file in my blog.
I have disallowed extensions but rest of the url’s are allowed and no extra parameter is added. Try to be more specific with robots file and only use disallow when it is required. Using disallow tag unnecessarily would create problems in website indexing.
Use Fetch as Google
This would be the next step if everything is fine in your robots file. You can use the feature to request indexing for particular URL which crawlers are not able to index. Open the webmaster. From left hand side menu, click on Crawl and choose “Fetch as Google”. Put the URL in the box and click fetch. Once completed, hit on request for indexing.
If the problem persists then you can try adding 301 and redirect URL to another location and try for step 2 (Fetch as google). Adding redirection would be the final step in this situation. This would solve your problem of indexing. But make sure to use the code wisely because if you made any changes to .htaccess file, it would affect your entire website/blog. The code for using 301 is “Redirect 301 /sample-blog-post.html to https://example.com”
PS: Here example(dot)com is the home directory. You can use your own location.
Once you are done with redirection, use fetch as google and submit your sitemap and have some patience. Your index coverage issues should be resolved after this.
In order to check the index status, you can use the new search console which has pretty cool feature of checking index status.
Open the new search console and click on “URL inspection” paste the url in the box and you will get whether the URL is on google or not. However, you can also try to old trick.
Open google type Info:your website url and hit enter. You will get the index status and if you check the cached option then you can also see the crawl date for that URL.
Here is how to use Google disavow tool
Google disavow tool help you to keep your site safe and remove spam backlinks by using webmaster tool. But before actually getting into the process website owners should contact the other website owners from where the backlinks are generated. Standard process is to connect with them and ask for removal. If it didn’t help and you didn’t get any positive response then you can use this option.
You can use disavow Option to remove such links. You can directly ask Google not to take certain links into account when assessing your site.
But you have to be very careful while using this option. This is an advanced feature. You should be careful while using it. If used incorrectly, this feature can potentially harm your site’s performance in Google’s search results. Disavow backlinks only if you believe you have a considerable number of spammy, artificial, or low-quality links pointing to your site, and if you are confident that the links are causing issues for you.
This is a two-step process. First, you’ll need to download a list of links to your site. Next, you’ll create a file containing only the links you want to disavow, and upload this to Google.
Download links to your site
- On the Webmaster Tools home page, click the site you want.
- On the Dashboard, click Search Traffic, and then click Links to Your Site.
- Under Who links the most, click More.
- Click Download more sample links. If you click Download latest links, you’ll see dates as well.
While looking at the links to your site in Search Console, make sure to verify both the www and the non-www version of your domain in your Search Console account because too Google, these are entirely different sites.
Upload a list of links to disavow
- Go to the disavow links tool page.
- Select your website.
- Click Disavow links.
- Click Choose file.
Now you are done with the process. Google will take some time to process the information so have some patience.
For more information on this you can refer Disavow backlinks
How to change URL Parameters of website by search console
Changing URL parameters of website is a risky task until you don’t know about it completely. Even when you try to adjust URL parameters of website by using search console, you will get a warning. Basically URL parameters are decided by google. Website owners can make the changes according to their marketing strategy. Take the reference of given below sample URL parameters to have better understanding
If you are willing to change URL parameters then you should know it totally depends on your Content Management System or platform. If you are using PHP then you can follow steps mentioned at 410 redirect url with dynamic GET parameters or do a research on “How to change dynamic URL into static URL” it will definitely give you some amazing answers.
You can follow given below steps to make changes in URL parameters.
- login to webmasters
- Click on Crawl form the left hand side menu
- Choose URL parameters
- You will get a warning “Use this feature only if you’re sure how parameters work. Incorrectly excluding URLs could result in many pages disappearing from search.” If you are 100% sure about this then you can proceed and adjust the parameters according to your need.
Attached is the screenshot for your reference.
This is a Critical change to make. So you have to be 100% sure and have good understanding of URL parameters. It is good to refer google guidelines before using this feature. You can find the Google Guidelines on URL parameters at Use URL parameters to send data to your site
However, if you are concerned about google ads url parameters then you should know that you can insert URL parameters into your URLs so that your URLs track information about a click. URL parameters are made of a key and a value separated by an equals sign (=) and joined by an ampersand (&). The first parameter always comes after a question mark in a URL. For example, http://example.com?product=1234&utm_source=google
Do comment below if you find this information useful.
Target country in Google webmaster
If your business is based on location or within specific country then using Target Country in Google Webmaster would definitely help you to create better content.
What is Target Country?
Target country is an option for webmasters or website owners to target specific countries or users for their business. If you are located in United States of America or any other country then you might generate more business from users who are located within your country. It is good to have users from across the world but when it comes to business or services, users within country always give better results.
Purpose of Target Country
The sole purpose of creating “International Targeting report” is to provide website owners information about the traffic type and location. If you are a website owner then it would be good for you to get the results of user location. It will help you to design your strategies towards the content and user behavior.
Also, if you are willing to target the audience for a particular location, then you can also use this feature. For example, if your product/services belong to any specific country then you can target the audience of that particular location by defining hreflang tags.
However, if you want to understand how to use this feature then you can visit International Targeting report it will give you brief understanding of this feature.
Depending on your business or services, you can use this feature. If you have physical services then it is important for you to target local audience. On the other hand if you have online services which can be used all over the world then you can focus on a broad audience and design your content strategies according to your services.