How to Add Your WordPress Blog to Google Webmaster Tools (fast)

How to Add Your WordPress Blog to Google Webmaster Tools (fast)

Do you want to make better friends with Google?

If so, the first thing you might want to do is sign up for Google Webmaster Tools (GWT).

Below is a quick and easy guide on 1) How to add your site to Google Webmaster tools; 2) How to enter a verification code to your site; and 3) How to add an XML sitemap to Google Webmaster tools.

Before that though, let me quickly outline what Google Webmaster Tools is and how it is useful.

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What is the Google Webmaster Tools (AKA Google Search Console)?

Google Webmaster tools (now known as Google Search Console) is Google’s official toolbox to give site owners an extra set of tools, additional to what they already get in Google Analytics.

GWT is extremely useful especially because it allows you to see how Google views your site. For example, it helps you see which keywords get high search volume and which ones get high click through rate (CTR).

Let me quickly list some of the other benefits you will get there:

  1. GWT reports help you understand how different blog posts and pages on your site appear in Google search results.
  2. It allows you submit XML sitemap of your website (see below)
  3. It allows you to exclude URLs
  4. It helps Google display the most important content of your site
  5. Shows links to your site (who links the most, your most linked content, and how your data is linked)
  6. Site performance
  7. Subscriber stats
  8. Fetch as Google
  9. Crawl errors
  10. Diagnostics
  11. etc., etc.

In other words, Google Webmaster Tools is a toolset that allows you understand what’s going on with your website. It allows you to make intelligent decisions that are based on data, instead of taking random shots.

How to Set Up Google Webmaster Tools

Let me show you now how to add your website to Google Webmaster tools.

Step 1. Log in to the Google webmaster tools dashboard. Once there, click on Search Console:

Google webmaster tools, search console

After that you should see the red “Add a property” button on the upper right corner of the window:

Google Search Console, Add a property button

As a result, a small popup window will be opened.

Step 2: Enter the URL of the website that you want to add to Google Search Console. Then hit “Add.”

Your website is now added to Google Webmaster Tools and the only thing you need to do is verify it. Here’s how to do it:

 

How to Enter a Verification Code – 3 Different Methods

There are different ways to verify your website on Google Search Console. I am going to cover 3 easiest ones and see which one you like best.

According to Google, though, their recommended method is HTML file Upload. Let’s see how to use that.

 

Method #1: How to Upload the HTML Verification File

After you hit the “Add” button (see Step 2 above) then on the next screen you will be asked to verify your website (=verify your ownership):

google webmaster tool site verification process

As you can see from the image above, I use keeleope.siterubix.com as an example. This is my website and I want to verify my ownership.

The whole process is pretty simple, isn’t it? Well, the big trouble here is that there’s no instruction on how to upload the file (point 2).

So here’s how to do that:

After downloading the HTML verification file, use some FTP client to upload the file to your website’s root directory (Here’s my detailed guide on how to use a free FTP client and transfer files with FileZilla):

Google webmaster tools site verification

After that you can click Verify below. Now you should see the message that you have successfully verified your ownership of your website.

 

 

Method #2: Use an HTML Tag

In this case you need to add a meta tag to your site’s home page.

First, select and copy the meta tag:

How to Enter a Verification Code

As a second step, login to your WordPress website. On the left-hand side menu, click on Appearance → Editor. Now you will see a list of templates on right. Scroll down until you find Theme header (header.php). Click on it.

Next, find the closing </head> tag and paste the previously copied meta tag right before that:

Copy the meta tag to the header.php

After that save the header.php and go back to Google Webmaster tools website, then verify your site.

 

Method #3: Enter the Verification Code In WordPress SEO Plugin

If you are using All-in-One SEO Pack WordPress plugin, you can copy and paste the verification key in the plugin.

Here’s how to do it:

First, copy the verification key from the meta tag:

Copy your verification key from the meta tag, then paste it in the SEO plugin

Second, in your website dashboard open General Settings of the All-in-One SEO Pack and scroll down until you find Webmaster Verification section. Paste your verification key there:

SEO plugin - paste your verification key here

Save settings, then go back to webmaster tools website and verify your site.

Add Your XML Sitemap

The very next thing you would want to do after the verification process is completed is to add your XML sitemap.

Here’s how to do it (one of the easiest options):

Step 1: In your website dashboard, navigate to Plugins section. Click on Add New, then search for “Google XML Sitemaps.” Install the plugin, then activate it.

Step 2: At the left-hand side menu, navigate to Settings → SML-sitemaps. On that screen you will see that the sitemap.xml file is already created:

sitemap.xml file is created

However, search engines haven’t been notified yet. That’s why you need to add your sitemap.xml file to Webmaster tools.

Here’s how you can do it:

Step 1: Head back to Google Search Console, then click on your property (your newly added website).

Step 2: On the left-hand side menu, navigate to Crawl → Sitemaps. It says, “No sitemaps found for this site.” On the top right corner you see the red button “Add/test sitemap.” Click on it:

How to add a xml sitemap in the Google Webmaster tools

Step 3: Type sitemap.xml into the text field, then hit Submit:

how to add a sitemap in Google Search Console

What About You?

Google Webmaster Tool is a great and free tool that will help you a lot. If you have not used it yet, you can start right now. It’s free and it will help you understand what to do to improve your Google traffic

Finally, what do you think about GWT? Please leave me a comment below.

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