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Request visitors’ permission before installing software

(Cross-posted on the Google Korea Blog ) Webmaster Level: All Legitimate websites may require that their visitors install software. These sites often do so to provide their users with additional functionality beyond what’s available in standard web browsers, like viewing a special type of document. Please note, however, that if your site requires specific software for your visitors, the implementation of this software installation...

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State of the Index 2009

Webmaster Level: All At PubCon in Las Vegas in November 2009, I gave a “State of the Index” talk which covers what Google has done for users, web developers, and webmasters in the last year. I recently recreated it on video for those of you who didn’t make it to the conference. See the original post:  State of the Index 2009

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Your site’s performance in Webmaster Tools

Webmaster level: Intermediate Let’s take a quick look at the individual sections in the Google Webmaster Tools’ Site Performance feature: Performance overview The performance overview shows a graph of the aggregated speed numbers for the website, based on the pages that were most frequently accessed by visitors who use the Google Toolbar with the PageRank feature activated. By using data from Google Toolbar users, you...

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New personalization features in Google Friend Connect

Webmaster Level: All Just a few weeks ago, we made Google Friend Connect a lot easier to use by dramatically simplifying the setup process. Today, we’re excited to announce several new features that make it possible for website owners to get to know their users, encourage users to get to know each other, and match their site content (including Google ads) to visitors’ interests. To learn more about these new features, check out...

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One million YouTube views!

Earlier this year, we launched our very own Webmaster Central channel on YouTube. Just today, we saw our total video views exceed one million! On the road to this milestone, we uploaded 154 videos, for a total of nearly 11 hours of webmaster-focused media. These videos have brought you conference presentations , updates on tools for webmasters , general tips , and of course answers to your “Grab bag” questions for Matt Cutts....

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