Google Sitemaps is Dead, Long Live "Google Webmaster Central"

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Google Webmaster Cental is the centalised home for webmasters at Google.

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Welcome to your one-stop shop for comprehensive info about how Google crawls and indexes websites. You can learn here how to ensure that your site is easily crawled and indexed and access tools that will enable you to diagnose crawling issues, study statistics on how your site is doing in our index, and tell us how you'd like your site to be crawled and indexed.

The Webmaster Central Blog tells us that

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With our latest release, we've done more than just change our name --we've listened to you and added some features and enhanced others as a result.

So, is this really more than just a change of name?

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Long Live Sitemaps :-)

Hi cornwall

I wouldn't say that Sitemaps is dead at all, on the Contrary.

More options has been added recently to Sitemaps such as " Preferred domain" (www or non-www) and improvements in site problems reporting.

Also the Tools look very promissing:

+ Tools
- Download data for all sites
- Report spam in our index
- Submit a reinclusion request

IMO, the Googlers have recently shown great interest in listening to webmasters suggestions to improve Google-Webmasters Communication especially through Sitemaps :-)

An excellent example of Googlers-Webmasters joint effort, IMO.

changes

You can now specify the preferred domain (ie http://www.example.com or http://example.com). Technical folks already do this with htaccess, but could help the non techie crowd.

The page for setting a crawl rate returns a 404 error.

The manage verification tab looks like it lets more than one person have access to the stats. I'll have to try it but it looks like it lets the webdeveloper and the site owner have access to the stats in seperate accounts.

For a brand new domain that was created last week and submitted last night all of the pages are classified as "low pagerank" and not "pagerank not yet assigned". Additionally how they can say the homepage of a domain that was registered last week was the page with the highest page rank in june is amusing.

Nofollow?

Why in the world in that Google Webmaster Central blog does Google have nofollow links to other Google properties?

Don't they diminish whatever value nofollow was supposed to have? If you're going to nofollow every link, it's the same as not having nofollow since it no longer tells you anything specific.

Sorry, for this being somewhat offtopic....I'm sure webmaster central will provide all kinds of interesting info to those who care to use it.

>we've done more than just change our name

>we've done more than just change our name --we've listened to you

I just spit coffee though my nose over that one... heehheeh WHAT will those boys think up next? hehehehe with a head THAT size I didn't think they could fit a phone up there as well...

tick tock

I'm waiting for the day Matt names the first "black hat" webmasters, thus defining "white hat" webmasters.

I am not, nor have I ever been, a card-carrying member of the Google Webmaster program.

GoogleGuy

Few interesting comments here.

http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/3035462.htm

www vs. non-www, just

www vs. non-www, just released into the newly renamed console Friday. 'Nuff said. :)

Or not: Jill, I suspect the

Or not: Jill, I suspect the noindex/nofollow meta tag is left over from when the blog was under wraps and they didn't want it to be visible yet. I suspect that they'll lift that tag in the next 1-2 days.

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That would be smart of them, Matt, assuming the trust the links and all!

[Oops, looks like they already did!]

yah, I dropped them a note

yah, I dropped them a note after I noticed the noindex tag, and they fixed it lickety-split. So thanks for pointing that out Jill. :)

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