Google’s Matt Cutts had an open call on his personal blog , his proposed requirements for what people want to see added or changed in Google Webmaster Tools for 2014.
Matt Cutts said:
“A few years ago, I asked on my blog what people would like from Google’s free webmaster tools. It’s pretty cool to re-read that post now, because we’ve delivered on a lot of peoples’ requests.”
“So here’s my question: what would you like to see from Webmaster Tools (or the larger team) in 2014? I’ll throw out a few ideas below, but please leave suggestions in the comments. Bear in mind that I’m not promising we’ll do any of these–this is just to get your mental juices going.”
Matt Cutts shared a pretty big list of ideas he thinks people would like to see, but noted that the Webmaster Tools team isn’t actually working on these features, some things that I could imagine people wanting:
- Make it easier/faster to claim authorship or do authorship markup.
- Improved reporting of spam, bugs, errors, or issues. Maybe people who do very good spam reports could be “deputized” so their future spam reports would be fast-tracked. Or perhaps a karma, cred, or peer-based system could bubble up the most important issues, bad search results, etc.
- Option to download the web pages that Google has seen from your site, in case a catastrophe like a hard drive failure or a virus takes down your entire website.
- Checklists or help for new businesses that are just starting out.
- Periodic reports with advice on improving areas like mobile or page speed.
- Send Google “fat pings” of content before publishing it on the web, to make it easier for Google to tell where content appeared first on the web.
- Better tools for detecting or reporting duplicate content or scrapers.
- Show pages that don’t validate.
- Show the source pages that link to your 404 pages, so you can contact other sites and ask if they want to fix their broken links.
- Or almost as nice: tell the pages on your website that lead to 404s or broken links, so that site owners can fix their own broken links.
- Better or faster bulk url removal (maybe pages that match a specific phrase?).
- Refreshing the existing data in Webmaster Tools faster or better.
- Improve robots.txt checker to handle even longer files.
- Ways for site owners to tell us more about their site: anything from country-level data to language to authorship to what content management system (CMS) you use on different parts of the site. That might help Google improve how it crawls different parts of a domain.
This is a great opportunity for people to be able to suggest things they want to see, and get heard by Cutts and members on the Webmaster Tools team.