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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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Help Google index your mobile site

(This post was largely translated from our Japanese Webmaster Central Blog .) It seems the world is going mobile, with many people using mobile phones on a daily basis, and a large user base searching on Google’s mobile search page . However, as a webmaster, running a mobile site and tapping into the mobile search audience isn’t easy. Mobile sites not only use a different format from normal desktop site, but the management methods...

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Using RSS/Atom feeds to discover new URLs

Webmaster Level: Intermediate Google uses numerous sources to find new webpages, from links we find on the web to submitted URLs . We aim to discover new pages quickly so that users can find new content in Google search results soon after they go live. We recently launched a feature that uses RSS and Atom feeds for the discovery of new webpages See original here: Using RSS/Atom feeds to discover new URLs

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