Google Webmaster Tools – What, Why, and How

Google Webmaster Tools

1. What is Google Webmaster Tools?

Google Webmaster Tools is a free tool created with webmasters in mind to help them check how their websites are indexed and see them from Google’s point of view. It can be used to correct any mistakes or improve websites so they are better optimized. 

 

2. Why Should You Have It?

There is a long list of benefits that Google Webmaster Tools can bring to your website. Let’s focus on some of the most popular features.

This tool allows you to:

  • submit your sitemap
  • view statistics of your website’s performance
  • check if there are any crawl errors
  • check if you have any blocked URLs
  • check search queries
  • see where your incoming links come from (what websites link to your website) and how many of them there are
  • see your most popular content
  • check your internal links
  • usrobots.txt to specify how search engines should crawl your site (in other words, you can remove some URLs if you don’t want them to be indexed)
  • check if your title and meta tags are properly setup
  • see your most significant keywords
  • and much more.

3. How to Set Up Webmaster Tools For Your WordPress Website?

Setting up Google Webmaster Tools is a pretty easy and fast process. It shouldn’t take you more than 10-15 minutes and it doesn’t require advanced technical knowledge. What you will need for sure to install it is your Google account and access to your WordPress administrator panel.

 

So, let’s start:

  1. Visit Google Webmaster Tools.
  2. Sign in using any of your Google accounts info (Gmail, Google Analytics, etc.).
  3. When you’re signed in, click thADD A SITE button on the right.

 

  1. Type in the URL of your website and click continue.

  1. Now, choose the method of verification.

There are four of them:

  • Upload an HTML File to Your Server
  • Add a Meta Tag to Your Site’s Home Page
  • Use Your Google Analytics Account
  • Add a DNS Record to Your Domain’s Configuration

 

I’ll give you hints on how to successfully go through the two of them that don’t require advanced skills so anyone with basic knowledge will be able to do this.

 

Here they are:

  • Add a Meta Tag to Your Site’s Home Page

This is an easy method to verify your website. If you use the Genesis framework, you can just paste the meta tag in the Genesis settings under the “Header and Footer Scripts” tab (add to the header).

If you don’t use Genesis framework, you can use the “Webmaster Tools Verification” plugin (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/webmaster-tools-verification/screenshots). Simply install the plugin and paste the meta tag in the plugin settings.

 

  • Use Your Google Analytics Account

This is probably the easiest and fastest way especially if you already have your Google Analytics account. When you choose this option, log in to your Google analytics account, and verify your website.

 

Conclusion

Google Webmaster Tools is a very useful and a really necessary tool. Thanks to this, you can very quickly catch any mistakes your website may have, and track your statistics. This is very important if you really care about your Google ranking. Just remember to check the Webmaster Tools home page regularly to be notified of any problems that Google could find on your website.

About Magda Gawlik Tomal

Magda is the Founder of WPSEOshop.com which offers Search Engine Optimization services for WordPress. She helps small businesses to promote online.

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