Google Webmaster Tools Adds Search Query Alerts

A new addition to Google Webmaster Tools now lets site administrators know when sudden changes occur in impressions and clicks for top pages. The search query alert notifies the webmaster when search results clicks change dramatically and recommends next steps to identify and resolve potential issues.

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If the problem isn’t immediately apparent, Google recommends visiting the Help forums for assistance. Webmasters will need to have email forwarding turned on to get these new notifications by email.

Google also recently added CNAME verification, a structured data dashboard, and crawl errors, including site errors and URL errors.

What do you think of all of the recent changes in Google Webmaster Tools, are they making your job easier? Let us know in the comments!

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A member of the Professional Writer's Association of Canada, Miranda has authored more than 60 e-books, 300 client projects, and thousands of articles and blog posts for clients ranging from SMBs to government agencies and Fortune 100 companies.

Miranda studied e-commerce at Athabasca University and specializes in marketing, business and educational material. She currently assists the Province of Ontario Ministries of Research & Innovation and Economic Development, Trade & Employment with their copywriting and SEO goals. She is one of a handful of Canadian consultants experienced with Ontario's new adult literacy curriculum framework and as such, is contracted by literacy agencies and publishing houses to develop new learning material.