March 10, 2011

How to setup Google Webmaster Tools

Setting up Google Webmaster Tools is pretty simple. In fact, all you need to do is have a Google account. If you do not have a Google account yet go to http://www.google.com/webmasters  and signup, it is free.
Once you have a Google account you may accesses the Webmaster tools here: www.google.com/webmasters/tools
Next, you should add your website by selecting “add a site”

WebmasterTools
You will be requested to verify your ownership of the site you wish to add.

Google Webmaster Tools Verify Ownership
You may do it with any of the following option:-

  • Link to your Google Analytics account – This is probably the most recommended way since most of website owners use Google Analytics anyway. If you have not set a Google Analytics account yet, you may want to do it now.
  • Upload an HTML file to your server – You will have to download a simple text file provided by Google and upload it into the root directory of your website. This can be easily done by using cPanel/File manager if your hosting provider provides you with one, or with an ftp command otherwise.
  • Add a meta tag to your site’s home page – This is a bit harder to achieve when you use WordPress. But, if you have already installed WordPress SEO plugin al you have to do is copy and paste the string provided by Google into the WordPress SEO plugin dashboard.

After you do any of the above, click “Verify”. And that’s it! You are ready to  use this great set of tools.

Michelle Castillo

Online Business Expert and WordPress Consultant, passionate about helping business owners to benefit from today’s online technology. I provide my clients with hype-free concise advice about the reality of what online success requires.

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