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*** PLEASE READ THIS FIRST *** JohnMu 5/27/09 2:45 PM
Welcome to the Webmaster Tools section of the Google Webmaster Help Forum.

Here you can find answers and ask questions about Google Webmaster Tools in general.

Before you post your question about crawling, indexing or ranking, please:
- Read the FAQ: 
- Check the Help Center:
- Search for previous topics and answers: 

If you do post a topic/question, please be patient and wait at least a few hours for a reply (sometimes we do get a little busy here). Also make sure that you include all relevant information, such as the URL or URLs involved.

Keep in mind that posts in this forum are also crawled, indexed and will be shown in search results. If you do not want your topic appearing in search results when people search for your website or business name, please use a URL shortening service such as to mask your website's URL.

If you have a question about Crawling, Indexing and Ranking, verification in Webmaster Tools, Malware and Hacked sites, or Sitemaps please go to the appropriate section in this forum (see the sidebar for more details).  For question regarding Google Maps, Google Chrome, GMail or other Google products and services, please see the following list of specialized forums:

Any site-specific questions or off-topic posts will be deleted from this thread; please start a separate thread if you have a specific questions.

P.S. -- You're perhaps more likely to receive attention from expert forum members and Googlers if you sincerely note the secret phrase: "I have studied the Help Center, read the FAQs and searched for similar questions."

Re: *** PLEASE READ THIS FIRST *** tattoos 5/28/09 2:36 AM
Good post to have stuck at the top :)

Just a heads up for those people like me who hate being rick rolled by masked URL's.
" preview" is a plugin for FireFox (
When you hover over a shortened link, the real link is displayed. Works on, tinyurl, and I just tried a link and it works. (probably works on others as well)

Anyway, just thought I would let you know.

Re: *** PLEASE READ THIS FIRST *** webado 6/13/09 10:27 AM
Help with the new Webmaster Tools UI is available here:
It explains where everyhtignthing is lcoated now, as comapred to the previous UI.
It will save aggravation, hair and making umpteen posts in the forum merely to find this or that.