A few ways Google Webmaster Tools could be improved

Don’t want to work on what you should be? Need some procrastination fodder? Head over to Google Webmaster Tools and spend some time fixing up stuff on your site.

I’ve been spending quite a while there recently and while it is very useful it could be moreso and here are a few suggestions Google could implement to help improve matters.

Site Configuration -> URL Parameters
Like much of GWT, this section is poorly written and confusing, but what it really needs is a checkbox beside each displayed link reading “This querystring hasn’t been used within the site architecture and has been dealt with by 301 redirectes for over 3 years. You can ignore it now.”

Your site on the web -> Keywords
Where possible, the words listed as being on your site should actually appear on your site. In our case, one of the words is “Guinea” supposedly 71,000 times. Yet, of the 10 pages listed, it only appears on one, and on that page once.

Your site on the web -> Internal links
Why is there over 16,000 internal links counted to a page but in fact only 200 pages listed? Last I checked each of the 200 pages didn’t contain 80 links apiece to the parent page.

Diagnostics -> Crawl errors -> Web
Add an option to say “I fixed this a month ago, you can ignore it now”.

Diagnostics -> Crawl errors -> Not followed
Add an option to say “I fixed this a month ago, you can ignore it now”.

Diagnostics -> Crawl errors -> Not found
Add an option to say “I fixed this a month ago, you can ignore it now”. Also needs an option saying “This link is from an external site obviously managed by a cretin or a bot. Ignore it” Better still, just split the data between internal broken links and external inbound broken links.

Diagnostics -> Crawl errors -> HTML Suggestions
Add an option to say “I fixed this a month ago, you can ignore it now”.

Labs -> Site performance
Why is this chart totally different to the one in Google Analytics? Would be great to see this include average connection speed as seemingly many Travelfish.org users are utilising an abacus to access the site.

One thought on “A few ways Google Webmaster Tools could be improved

  1. This can be a actually engaging post! Thank you for this! Using best wishes Luke aka couchgool.

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