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SEO Fundamentals

Using Google Webmaster Tools


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SEO Fundamentals

with David Booth

Video: Using Google Webmaster Tools

Let's take a look at how to use the very basics of Google Webmaster Tools to learn what information Google has about your website, as well as provide Google with a few instructions about how to index your pages. The first step is to go to google.com/webmasters and sign in to your account. This requires a Google account, and if you don't already have one, you can head over to Google.com/accounts to create one. Once you're logged in, you'll need to submit the domain you want to manage, and in this case, we'll use explorecalifornia.org.
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  1. 1m 34s
    1. Welcome
      1m 19s
    2. Using the Facilitator's Guide
      15s
  2. 11m 46s
    1. What is search engine optimization (SEO)?
      4m 6s
    2. Reading a search engine results page
      2m 17s
    3. How SEO affects your business
      2m 38s
    4. Setting SEO expectations
      2m 45s
  3. 20m 49s
    1. Why you need a keyword research plan
      2m 47s
    2. How to research keywords
      3m 23s
    3. Tools to help you analyze keywords
      4m 43s
    4. Understanding keyword attributes
      3m 46s
    5. Understanding keyword distribution
      3m 50s
    6. Ongoing keyword evaluation
      2m 20s
  4. 26m 8s
    1. Understanding content optimization
      2m 14s
    2. Optimizing for site structure
      3m 41s
    3. Recognizing different types of content
      2m 23s
    4. Optimizing textual page elements
      8m 30s
    5. Optimizing non-text components of a web page
      4m 0s
    6. Analyzing content quality
      2m 39s
    7. Exploring the benefits of user-generated content
      2m 41s
  5. 22m 12s
    1. Interpreting the code behind web pages
      3m 9s
    2. Understanding how search engines index content
      2m 37s
    3. Working with canonical URLs and redirects
      2m 59s
    4. Leveraging microformats
      2m 39s
    5. Working with server-side factors
      3m 18s
    6. Using Google Webmaster Tools
      3m 58s
    7. Using Bing Webmaster Tools
      3m 32s
  6. 30m 53s
    1. Overview of long-term content strategizing
      2m 44s
    2. Planning a successful content strategy and avoiding common mistakes
      3m 46s
    3. Defining your audience, topics, angle, and style
      4m 17s
    4. Understanding different types of content
      4m 25s
    5. Getting ideas for content
      4m 0s
    6. Working with an editorial calendar
      3m 33s
    7. Promoting your content with social media
      3m 52s
    8. Measuring content performance
      4m 16s
  7. 18m 28s
    1. Understanding the importance of links
      4m 49s
    2. Building internal links
      2m 5s
    3. Building external links
      4m 19s
    4. Finding link-building opportunities
      4m 36s
    5. Executing a link-building strategy
      2m 39s
  8. 16m 32s
    1. Measuring SEO performance
      4m 10s
    2. Analyzing keywords
      5m 13s
    3. Analyzing links
      4m 9s
    4. Analyzing the impact of social media
      3m 0s
  9. 18m 45s
    1. Understanding SEO and ecommerce
      2m 36s
    2. Working with semantic HTML
      2m 22s
    3. The technical components of ecommerce
      3m 9s
    4. Exploring ecommerce information architecture
      2m 38s
    5. Producing ecommerce content
      2m 33s
    6. Leveraging link building and social media for ecommerce
      3m 12s
    7. Adapting ecommerce websites for international audiences
      2m 15s
  10. 25m 38s
    1. Understanding local search
      3m 14s
    2. Understanding Google+ Local
      3m 0s
    3. Setting up and optimizing Google+ Local
      4m 46s
    4. Getting more citations
      3m 52s
    5. Getting more reviews for your business
      3m 43s
    6. Optimizing your website for local search
      4m 13s
    7. The future of local search
      2m 50s
  11. 15m 48s
    1. Understanding cultural aspects of international SEO
      2m 30s
    2. Optimizing technical content for international audiences
      2m 57s
    3. Optimizing translated and localized content
      2m 9s
    4. Building links for an international audience
      2m 47s
    5. Analyzing and measuring an international SEO campaign
      2m 17s
    6. Avoiding pitfalls with international SEO
      3m 8s
  12. 1m 10s
    1. Determining your next steps
      1m 10s

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SEO Fundamentals
3h 29m Beginner Sep 17, 2012

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In this course, author David Booth explains what search engine optimization (SEO) is and how you can start using it to increase your website's visibility to search engines and attract the right kind of traffic to the right kinds of pages on your site. Discover how to read a results page and find your ranking, and see how rankings affect both large and small businesses. Then find out how to implement basic optimization strategies, like conducting keyword research, building inbound links, optimizing your pages and content, and measuring your successes and progress while planning for a long-term SEO strategy. SEO for ecommerce, local search, and an international audience round out this comprehensive look at the basics of SEO.

Topics include:
  • What is SEO?
  • Understanding how search engines index content
  • Researching keywords
  • Using SEO tools
  • Optimizing pages for keywords
  • Optimizing code and site structure
  • Building links to your content
  • Optimizing non-text components of a web page
  • Analyzing content quality
  • Defining your audience, topics, angle, and style
  • Promoting your content via social media
  • Measuring SEO effectiveness
  • Setting up Google+ Local
  • Building links for an international audience
  • Optimizing ecommerce sites for search
Subjects:
Business Online Marketing Business Skills SEO
Software:
Google Analytics
Author:
David Booth

Using Google Webmaster Tools

Let's take a look at how to use the very basics of Google Webmaster Tools to learn what information Google has about your website, as well as provide Google with a few instructions about how to index your pages. The first step is to go to google.com/webmasters and sign in to your account. This requires a Google account, and if you don't already have one, you can head over to Google.com/accounts to create one. Once you're logged in, you'll need to submit the domain you want to manage, and in this case, we'll use explorecalifornia.org.

To protect your account and your website, Google will need to verify that you actually own this domain and that you're authorized to see some critical details of this website. There are a few different verification methods that you can choose from, but you'll need to do this successfully before continuing. The options that you or your webmaster have include uploading a specific HTML file to your site, adding a specific meta tag to your source code, or making a small change to your site's DNS record. Another helpful option is the Google Analytics access method, which you can use if you have Google Analytics installed and administrative access to the account.

Once you've verified a website, you'll see a listing for it in your main dashboard, with any important messages. Here, we can see that there are some WordPress updates that should be installed, as well as some issues with unnatural inbound links. Clicking into this website will bring up a dashboard and a menu of all the different areas of Webmaster tools. You can see some high level information here around Crawl Errors and Search Queries, and you can also get a quick view of the number of URLs you've submitted through your site maps, and the number of URLs that Google has indexed.

You can drill into the Crawl Error reports to look at what problems Google has had while crawling and indexing your site. Crawl Errors can hurt your site in the Google Search Results. So it's important to identify the type of Crawl Error that's affecting your different URLs and take the appropriate steps to resolve those errors. This may include implementing 301 redirects or fixing some Web server configurations. You may also need to remove references to pages that are no longer a part of your site.

You can also click on the Search Queries reports, which provide some interesting details about your organic search visibility. You can see impressions as well as how many clicks you got for different keywords, and you can also see the average positions your site was ranking in for different keywords over a given period of time. You can also use filters to look at specific search queries, different types of search, different countries, or only queries that generated a certain volume of traffic. There are lots of reports and sections of Webmaster tools to review, and I would encourage you to spend some time going through each for your own website.

The Configuration section includes general settings, like what country your website is targeting, what URL parameters are used on your pages and for what reasons, and who else has access to the information in Webmaster Tools for your domain. We've already looked at the Crawl Errors report, but the Health section contains additional functionality that lets you block Google from seeing certain pages of your site, and also lets you know if you've been hacked. You'll also want to check out the Optimization section. This is where you'll be able to review and submit your XML Sitemaps, as well as take a look at the HTML Improvements section to identify potential problems with your site's content that you can address immediately.

As you can see, there are many other features to Google Webmaster Tools that you should explore, and there are always more new features coming out. Google has done a very good job of letting you know how it views your pages and allowing you to provide input into what it knows about you. Staying on top of Google Webmaster Tools month after month is certainly an endeavor that will pay dividends.

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