Google Webmaster Tools Gets a Makeover

by on 05/15/2009 in Google

I really like the new look and feel. The dashboard is more informative with most of the information on the first page. It also seems to be functioning better than the previous version of WMT, because the external links are finally showing up.

Highlights

  • One-stop Dashboard: We redesigned our dashboard to bring together data you view regularly: Links to your site, Top search queries, Sitemaps, and Crawl errors.
  • More top search queries: You now have up to 100 queries to track for impressions and clickthrough! In addition, we’ve substantially improved data quality in this area.
  • Sitemap tracking for multiple users: In the past, you were unable to monitor Sitemaps submitted by other users or via mechanisms like robots.txt. Now you can track the status of Sitemaps submitted by other users in addition to yourself.
  • Message subscription: To make sure you never miss an important notification, you can subscribe to Message Center notifications via e-mail. Stay up-to-date without having to log in as frequently.

More highlights…

Cons:

  1. The backlink tool only shows 25 a page, sure would like the 100 per page option again.
  2. The new interface is showing around 50% of the total external links compared to the older version.
  3. A few missing translations in some areas of the user interface.

The new user interface is available at http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/new. The old user interface will continue to be available for a couple of weeks to give you time to adjust and provide feedback.

We’re really excited about this launch, and hope you are as well. Tell us what you think and stay tuned for more updates!

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters?hl=en

5 Responses to “Google Webmaster Tools Gets a Makeover”

  1. Kikolani

    May 15th, 2009

    I don’t know if this was there before, but I like that it shows you how many links you have to certain pages, and where those links are coming from. Can’t wait to play around more with this later.

    ~ Kristi

  2. Nihar

    May 16th, 2009

    Frank,

    Thanks for this update. Its great to see that google webmasters tools have now got better. will check it now.

  3. David Hopkins

    May 16th, 2009

    Thanks for the update, will check it out.
    One thing I have always thought is that they should tell a site-owner why their site has been penalised. They must have internal notes, so why not let people know what’s wrong so they can fix it. For example, a lot of sites get penalised because they have been hacked – would be useful if people could be informed when that has happened.

    • Frank J

      May 17th, 2009

      David,

      You’re welcome and enjoy the new look over at WMT.

  4. Muharrem

    May 20th, 2009

    its much better than the old version:)