Matt Cutts Calls For Webmaster Central Features Ideas

I don't know if it is the popularity of Matt Cutts (undeniable if you have every watched the comet trail he has behind him at any search event) or a true desire to input ideas for Google's next Webmaster Central feature, but Matt has received over a thousand responses in under 24 hours and the news has not even been fully disseminated yet.

Matt added a poll to his call for feature suggestions and as of this blog entry there were over 1200 votes and 107 comments.

The poll options are:
* More information about penalties or other scoring issues

* Tools for detecting or reporting duplicate content

* Show links on your site that are broken

* Score the crawlability or accessibility of pages

* Show PageRank numbers instead of none/low/medium/high

* Tell Google the correct country or language for a site

* Tool to help move from one domain to a new domain

* Diagnostic wizard for common site problems

* Some type of rank checking

* A way to list supplemental result pages

* Show causes of 404 errors

* Option to "disavow" backlinks from or to a site

* Fetch a page as Googlebot to verify correct behavior

* Tell Google a parameter doesn't matter

* Show pages that don't validate

* Ability to show/download all pages from a site (e.g. if your server crashed)

* More documentation and examples

* Integrate "Add URL" feature

This is an interesting blog entry and many of the comments are well worth reading.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.