Google Site Verification For WordPress
Today I’m going to show you how to verify your website with google webmaster tools so you can tap into the wealth of knowledge that the Google Webmaster Tools provides about your website.
The first thing you need to do is open a new tab and go to webmaster google.com and then click on the “sign in” the search console. If you don’t have a Google account yet you’ll have to make one.
To add your website all you have to do is click on the add property link or button on the top right and then type in the URL of your website. Now it’s going to ask us to verify the website.
Methods To Verify Your Website
There’s a recommended method which is uploading the HTML file but there’s also alternate methods that you can choose which are adding HTML tag, DNS TXT Record, Google Tag Manager or Google Analytics.
The one I usually do is the recommended method. I upload the file via FTP but if there’s no FTP access I use the HTML tag which is copying the HTML tag into the header of your website.
If you have a plug-in like WordPress SEO by Yoast which is a very useful plugin and does a lot of different things, you can actually just copy and paste the part inside of the content parameter.
SEO By Yoast
Now if we go back to our site and have SEO by Yoast installed you can hover over SEO in your WordPress backoffice on the left hand side and click on general.
This takes us to general settings inside the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin. Now you click on webmaster tools and then you paste in that piece of code that you just copied and click on Save Changes.
Once that’s done it will automatically add that tag to the header of your website and now you can go back to google search console and click on verify. If everything went well it will say it’s been verified and it worked.
Congratulations, you’ve successfully verified ownership of that website and now you can click on continue and see your webmaster tools.
You’re not going to see a whole lot at the moment because you just verified your site and it’s going to take a bit of time for Google to go and crawl your site.
Once you have content on your site it will populate a lot of data and the longer you’ve been using webmaster tools the better the data becomes. I highly recommend you do this because it’s going to help your search engine rankings.
Google Site Verification For WordPress – Conclusion
I have a bunch of other posts that go through the webmaster tools and different areas of it that will help you level up your WordPress site.
I hope this post has helped you understand Google site verification for WordPress and if you’ve found it useful leave a comment and share with your friends.