The first step to tell search engines about your blog is by submitting it to Google webmaster tool, there you can manage your site and find your backlinks and statistics, if you’re a new blogger or site owner you will find some issues with the verification process because it needs Html knowledge if you have a complicated theme without the appropriate options, so today I’ll show you how to verify WordPress blog with google webmaster tools, without the need to edit your theme or modify your blog files.
Why you should verify your blog with Google Webmaster Tool?
If you really want to rank well in search engines you have to add and verify your blog with Google, it’s not just a process, you’ll add value to your blog when it’s verified, at the same time, Google itself need to get easy access to your posts to index them. The Google sitemap option for example helps to crawl your blog.
Also, your webmaster dashboard tells you about your blog health, back links, search appearance and much more. So you really should verify your blog with Google webmaster Tools.
Verify your Blog with Yoast WordPress SEO plugin
In your Google webmaster dashboard, you get multiple options to verify your blog, the easiest way is the meta tag in the alternative options as the screenshot below:
Then select HTML tag to get the code as below:
Now you need to past the code in WordPress, the easiest and fastest way is to install the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin where you can past your Google code easily.
After plugin installation, click on SEO and you will get your dashboard to add the Google meta tag as below:
As you can see, the SEO plugin allows you also to verify your blog with Bing and Alexa, after adding your Google meta tag code, click “save changes” button and come back to Google webmaster Tools and click the “verify“ button, and you are just verified your WordPress blog with Google webmaster Tools.
Google will know that you’re the site or blog owner, you’ll get notifications about your blog performance and how it appears in Google search page.
At the mean time, you can verify your blog with Bing and Alexa to get more information and statistics, Bing webmaster tool also gives you more statistics from their search engine, the pest thing about the free SEO WordPress plugin is that you can verify your blog easily without the need to install multiple plugins for each service, this help to reduce the loading time and make things easy and fast.
A new verification option was added to the Yoast plugin, now, you can verify your Pinterest page which becomes a great way to get traffic for websites with lots of images as content, and you can also verify your website with Yandex webmaster tool, Yandex is a great search engine that use a completely different algorithm than Google and you should get your site verified with them.
Please note that with my experience, Google will ask you to verify your blog after some months in general, they need to verify again the ownership of the blog when updating their algorithm and tools.
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Fathi Arfaoui is a Physicist, and owner of this site. He shares WordPress and Blogging tips to build a better blog and succeed online with the right marketing strategies and business in general.