What do you want to see the Webmaster Central team do next? About 10 months ago, Google Blogoscoped asked what people wanted next. It’s time to ask that question again, because the team has made great progress. From the original thread:
- See the backlinks for my site: DONE. Site owners can now see their own backlinks.
- Verify an IP address is really Googlebot: DONE, not in the webmaster tool, but by using a reverse+forward DNS lookup.
- An option to easily remove URLs from the index: DONE. Google’s URL removal tool has been ported into the webmaster console, and it allows site owners to see and revoke their self-removals.
- Show how many people are subscribed to my website’s feeds in Google Reader: DONE, but not in the console. Google Reader now reports these numbers when fetching feeds. Feedburner will give you even more stats for free.
- Communicate with webmasters in an authenticated way: DONE. Just last week, Google added a webmaster message center to provide authenticated communication with site owners. The Webmaster Central team has done of ton of other stuff in the last few months as well.
So let’s ask the question again. I’m going to try doing a poll (it might not work with Google Reader, so you might have to visit my actual blog page). I sat down and thought of a few features that might be cool, then added some suggestions from the original Blogoscoped thread. Vote for your favorite feature below, or leave a comment if you have a different idea. Please note: I’m sure the Webmaster Central team will be interested to see what people like, but remember that these are just suggestions. Even if something is #1 in the poll, it’s still only a suggestion. The Webmaster Central team has to be free to pursue whatever they think is the most important.
(The votes from this poll are now gone, but I’m including the options from the original poll.)
What should the webmaster central team do next?
- More information about penalties or other scoring issues
- Tools for detecting or reporting duplicate content
- Show PageRank numbers instead of none/low/medium/high
- Show links on your site that are broken
- Score the crawlability or accessibility of pages
- A way to list supplemental result pages
- Some type of rank checking
- Tool to help move from one domain to a new domain
- Tell Google the correct country or language for a site
- Diagnostic wizard for common site problems
- Option to “disavow” backlinks from or to a site
- Fetch a page as Googlebot to verify correct behavior
- Show causes of 404 errors
- Tell Google a parameter doesn’t matter
- Show pages that don’t validate
- Integrate “Add URL” feature
- Ability to show/download all pages from a site (e.g. if your server crashed)
- More documentation and examples