Webmaster Tools

Both Google and Bing offer specific webmaster tools for webmasters and SEO’s. Google’s Search Console -formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools- and Bing’s Webmaster Tools are both a true treasure trove of information that every website owner should dive into.

These posts describe features and news about these webmaster tools programs, and act as a set of tutorials on how to use them at the same time.

Webmaster Tools

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Google Search Console: Search Appearance

22 November 2016 by Michiel Heijmans - 8 Comments

There are a lot of ways to check how your website’s doing these days. The most common one people use is probably Google Analytics. Google Analytics is definitely a great tool for monitoring your site. However, since the ‘not provided’ development, it’s become pretty hard to monitor your SEO efforts. And unfortunately, most tools that …

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Website maintenance: 404 error pages

28 October 2016 by Joost de Valk - 6 Comments

If your website means anything for your business, you should not forget to schedule time to do maintenance on it. Therefore we regularly write about the things you should do to keep your site in shape. In this post we’ll write about the most basic of all: checking for 404 error pages. Note: this post does not cover the required …

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Ask Yoast: Why connect GSC with Yoast SEO?

19 September 2016 by Joost de Valk - 1 Comment

If you use our Yoast SEO plugin you’ve got the opportunity to connect it to Google Search Console (GSC). With GSC you can monitor the SEO health of your site, while Yoast SEO helps you to optimize your site. Connecting the two, so they can work together, will allow you to be more efficient when maintaining your site. …

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WordPress robots.txt example for great SEO

26 April 2016 by Joost de Valk

The robots.txt file is a very powerful tool when you’re working on a website’s SEO – but it should be handled with care. It allows you to deny search engines access to different files and folders, but often that’s not what you want to do these days. Over the years Google especially has changed a lot in …

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Weekly SEO Recap: Panda U-Turns and new Bing tools

11 September 2015 by Joost de Valk - 8 Comments

New iPhones! Search news? Oh right… So… About that search news. Panda’s making U-turns, Yandex penalizing sites for selling links, Bing offering new keyword tools and more! What happened to Panda? Google announced a Panda 4.2 update that’d “very slowly” roll out a while back, we covered that. It seems as though, according to this post by …

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Phantom Quality Panda and Google Search Console

At Yoast, we’re all really busy in the preparation for YoastCon next Wednesday, as you will understand. When us SEO people are really busy focussing on other stuff, Google tends to ‘surprise’ the online community with breaking news, algorithm updates or other developments that really need our attention as well. How is that, you might …

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Search Analytics in Google Search Console

Google Search Console has a feature called Search Analytics that is really helpful for webmasters. This post explains why you’d want to use Search Analytics, what it can help you find and what type of data it has. On May 5th 2015, Google confirmed what we’ve been anticipating for years: mobile search has overtaken desktop search. On their …

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Bing Webmaster Tools: Security, Widgets and Messages

11 March 2015 by Michiel Heijmans - 3 Comments

Compared to the first three sections, the last three are relatively small. In this final post in our series on Bing Webmaster Tools we will go over Security, Malware and Messages and share our findings. Security Making sure your website is secure is of course really important. We have already emphasized this on our page on WordPress security, …

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