It is very important to add your WordPress site to Google Webmaster Tools (Google Search Console) and you surely, don’t need a Plugin to do this if you are using WordPress.
Avoid Plugin’s as much as you can.Let’s quickly configure this now.
Step-1 Add Your Property (WordPress site).
Your property is your WordPress site and you need this to add this to Google Search Console. Just log in to your Google Search Console Account. You will see this screen.
Step-2 Generate HTML Code.
Once you add your site to search console, you will see below screen. You have two Options.
- Recommended Method
- Alternate Methods
We will choose the Alternate Methods.
In the “Recommended Option”, you will need to download an HTML file and FTP the file to your root path (e.g yoursite(dot)com in this case).
This option is bit technical and you could end up messing with your site. hence, I suggest you head to “Alternate Methods”. Once you click on “Alternate Methods” you will see below screen.
Once you click on “Alternate Methods”, you will see 4 Options. You only need to choose the “HTML Tag” option, which I feel is the easiest Option.
Click on the “HTML Tag” radio button to see your “HTML Code” for your WordPress Site.
You can see your verification code here. You just need to copy this Verification(HTML) Code and paste it in your website. Make sure you just copy the Code which inside the content Meta Key (see above). e.g (see your HTML Code in red below)
<meta name="google-site-verification" content="OZkHcOHBjOvfVPDoNhq_7StX_-r3EV-g93jfuyiKNGA" />
Copy this code, Keep your Search Console session open and head to your WordPress site Dashboard.
Step-3 Add HTML Code to Your Website
WordPress offers its Verification services (for Google,Bing,Pinterest) from the “Tools->Available Tools” in the WordPress Dashboard. Hence, Go to your site’s Dashboard->Tools->Available Tools page and paste your “HTML Code” in the Google Search Console Tab (see screenshot below).
Click on “Save Changes” and you are done with your WordPress Dashboard. Now go back to your Google Search Console session/screen.
Step-4 Verify Google Search Console (Done).
Click “VERIFY” on your Google Verification Page and You are Done.
Congratulations !! You were able to integrate your WordPress site to Google Webmaster Tools.
Few Words About Google Webmaster Tools
I think now it’s a Good time to talk something about Google Webmaster Tools when you have actually set this up for your WordPress site.
Many of my readers ask me What is SEO? While SEO ( Search Engine Optimization) is all about ranking your pages, this Tool (Google Webmaster Tools) is a bit different.
It lets you allow , submit your pages for Google Indexing and Crawling. You can actually see how search engines see your site when they visit compared to what your readers see. So if there is a difference, then that needs to be fixed.
When you are new to blogging and when you start a blog, you have questions like, what is my site’s ranking, for what keywords my site is ranking, I think Google Webmaster Tools does provide an answer to these but not with 100% accuracy. But Yes it gives you a fair idea.
For your WordPress site , you surely need a Google Webmaster Tools Tutorial and this is the best Google Webmaster Tools Tutorial you will ever find.
If you find this article useful, share with your friend and also let me know if there are any easy techniques you deployed to integrate your WordPress site to Google Webmaster Tools.