• http://brent.rangen.net Brent Rangen MN SEO

    Ah, I was just about half-way done writing an identical article. Now, I don’t have to finish. My main reason for writing was because too many people under-value the WMT’s, especially the search query reports.

  • http://www.blogpersonal.ro Aurel Dragut

    I have a question about the first step. If an external site puts a wrong link to a page of my site shoud i worry? Do i really have to create a custom redirect rule for every case like this one?

  • http://www.alexiskenne.com kaleb

    Great job!

  • http://www.studio119.com/ Studio 119 Degrees

    Excellent list of using Google Webmaster Tools!

  • Lucas Bigwood

    Great article Ian. I agree with all 9 steps but would have included an additional step for checking site performance and suggestions. Especially as the GWT guidelines state “Google strongly recommends that all webmasters regularly monitor site performance”. For those wanting to check performance click Labs > Site Performance (Page Speed Suggestions).

  • http://www.conversationmarketing.com Ian Lurie

    @Aurel I generally try to redirect those links or, even better, build a page at the broken URL address. But you can pick-and-choose a bit based on the authority of the website that’s pointing to the broken link. Low-authority sites may not be as urgent.

  • http://www.conversationmarketing.com Ian Lurie

    @Lucas yup that’s an important one. I’d write a list that’s 500 items long if i could, but figured the 9-step version might get folks to take action more quickly :)

  • Lucas Bigwood

    And your 9-step version was definitely a good one. Would love to see the 500 long list though :)

  • http://www.blogpersonal.ro Aurel Dragut

    I got it, Ian. Thank you very much! I will check the authority of all the sites that are linking.

  • http://www.expand2web.com/blog/ doncampbell

    Awesome write-up Ian. I especially like the tip about the drilldown report showing areas to improve title tags and meta descriptions.

    For people using WordPress, I made a short video showing how to verify you WordPress site in Google Webmaster Tools.

  • CanoConsulting

    Hey Ian….I’d like to see if you’ll allow me to republish this article in one of my blogs….I’m also a Web Designer as well as an SEO Consultant….I just finished a 12 week Webinar where I covered a lot of these points with GWT…Let me know…any contribution from you is welcomed at my website. Thanks again, Rick

  • Matt McGee

    Hi Rick — I’m not Ian, but speaking as a staff member here at Search Engine Land, I can say that we don’t allow our articles to be republished on other sites. You are more than welcome, though, to write your own summary/opinion, include an excerpt, and then link to our article. Hope this helps. Feel free to use the contact form if you need any more information: http://searchengineland.com/contact

  • Ian Lurie

    @Lucas Oh, you have to pay me for that :)