Google today rolled out a new navigation for its Webmaster Tool. The updated tool is based on the four stages of search and is available now while the new tool does not include any option with which once can revert back to the previous layout. “The update will make the features you already use easier to find, as well as unveil some exciting additions,” Google claims. “It has reorganized the Webmaster Tools features in groups that match the stages of search.”
Here is how the Webmaster Tools features in groups that match the stages of search:
- Crawl: See information about how we discover and crawl your content. Here you will find crawl stats, crawl errors, any URLs you’ve blocked from crawling, Sitemaps, URL parameters, and the Fetch as Google feature.
- Google Index: Keep track of how many of your pages are in Google’s index and how we understand their content: you can monitor the overall indexed counts for your site (Index Status), see what keywords we’ve found on your pages (Content Keywords), or request to remove URLs from the search results.
- Search Traffic: Check how your pages are doing in the search results — how people find your site (Search Queries), who’s recommended your site (Links to Your Site), and see a sample of pages from your site that have incoming links from other internal pages.
- Search Appearance: Mark up your pages to help Google understand your content better during indexing and potentially influence how your pages appear in our search results. This includes the Structured Data dashboard, Data Highlighter, Sitelinks, and HTML Improvements.