If you have a Web site and aren’t signed up with Google Webmaster Tools your missing out an a valuable resource. I just had a site that was coming up with the wrong title in a search result in Google. I added the site to Google Webmaster Tools and it crawled the site right away. I then went back and did the search again and the site title and description had changed! Wow! There’s a wealth of tools that are all free. You can easily find broken links, submit XML site maps, see how often the Googlebot visits your site (see below for a screen shot), and much more! You can also add multiple sites to the same dashboard.

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One thing you’ll need to do right away so that all the features work properly is to verify your site. You can do this two ways, either by uploading a blank page to the root directory or add a meta tag. Google does this to verify that you are the site owner.

Stay tuned for more blog posts with more detailed information on some of the most important features.

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