2008 was another great year for the Webmaster Central team. We experienced tremendous user growth with our blogs (97% increase in monthly pageviews), Help Center (25%), Help Forums (225%), and Webmaster Tools (35%). We would like to welcome our new users that joined us in '08, and thank our loyal and passionate user base that have been with us for the last couple of years. We focused on two basic goals for 2008, and here's how we think we did:

Goal #1: Educate and grow our webmaster community
  • We had our first ever online webmaster chat in February '08 to answer your top questions, and followed it up with three more. They have been incredibly successful, and we're planning for more this year.
  • We'd like to send a special thank you to our Bionic Posters, who have played a huge part in supporting our growing community.
  • Localization has been a big focus for us, so we launched our blog and Help Center in additional languages, and made Webmaster Tools available in 40 languages. We hope this makes it easier for people in other parts of the world to adopt our tools and gain a better understanding of how search works.
  • We launched a new Help Forum in English and Polish, with a broader rollout planned in other languages this year.
  • Our SEO starter guide was released and it has been one of our most successful articles to date.
  • We placed an emphasis on sharing material via YouTube and created seven video series totaling two hours of content. We kicked off '09 with a bang on the video front with Matt's "Virtual Blight" presentation.
Goal #2: Iterate early and often on Webmaster Tools
Thank you once again and we hope for another exciting and eventful year!