Yandex.Webmaster Now Available in English

The Russian search engine Yandex recently translated its Yandex.Webmaster service to English. Originally a tool for Russian webmasters, Yandex.Webmaster is similar to other tools for webmasters offered by both Google and Bing.

Like its American counterparts, the service informs site owners which pages of their site have been indexed by Yandex and which search phrases were used to find their site. It also allows control over XML sitemap files and robots.txt files.

Yandex.Webmaster takes the service a bit further with more options for site owners. Reports are available to see if malicious code or malware is detected on a site. Many options are also available for allowing users to select region-specific URLs or hide specific URLs from various cities or regions.

Yandex Webmaster Change Capitalization

Site owners can also customize the capitalization of their URL. For example, using the URL letter case tool, will appear as in the Yandex search results.

While the tools are free, you must create an account with Yandex and validate yourself as the site's owner. Ownership verification can be confirmed by meta tag, uploading a text or HTML file to your server, or by creating a TXT entry to your domain's DNS.

If you already use another engine's webmaster tools, remember that the information a set of tools provides is specific to how that particular search engine views your site. It's not an aggregate on how all engines view your site.

Yandex controls nearly 65 percent of the search share in Russia. After their recent $1.3 Billion IPO and partnership with Rambler, they look poised to keep their share, holding Google and other competitors at bay. If breaking into the U.S. market is in their future, Yandex.Webmaster is a great way to jump-start their search share.

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A seasoned Web developer since 1993, Thom is a technical SEO and digital analytics veteran. Thom started his first Web consultancy, New York Web Works, in 1997 and never looked back. His current role as Director of Analytics at Acronym puts him on the forefront of analyzing websites of some of the biggest brands.

Part of the ClickZ Academy faculty, Thom has also taught for several well-respected colleges and universities. A ghost author of over a dozen technical training manuals, Thom has written for several industry blogs. He is a regular speaker at ClickZ Live events and is also a veteran of TEDx.