Last updated on September 20th, 2020 at 08:51 pm
How to set up Google Webmaster Tools.
Google Webmaster Tools . If youâ€™re serious about attracting search engine traffic. You’ll want to sign up for a Google Webmaster Tools account. This guide shows you how with diagrams.
Googleâ€™s Webmaster Tools (GWT) isÂ free software that helps you understand whatâ€™s going on and how your website is doing.
It’s a partner toÂ Google Analytics (GA) but more focused on the technical side of your website: it’s less concerned with marketing or business.Â So, for example. If Google wants to send you a message about your site, it will make contact via your GWT account. Wow! is that not interesting?
Set up a Google account.
If you donâ€™t already have a Google account. Youâ€™ll need to sign up for one right now.
Just go toÂ Google.comÂ and click on â€˜Youâ€™. Then sign up for an account.
This will give you a Google Gmail address as well as access to other Google applications.
Next, set up a Webmaster Tools account.
To set up Webmaster Tools, visit http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools and sign in with your Google account – preferably the same one you use for GA.
Click â€˜Add a Siteâ€™. And enter your siteâ€™s URL.
Next, youâ€™ll need to verify that the site is yours. You’ll be given a number of options, but the easiest way is to verify via your GA account.
For this to happen smoothly, youâ€™ll need to be an administrator of the GA account (if youâ€™ve only got â€˜Userâ€™ permissions; ask the siteâ€™s Administrator to upgrade you).
That’s it. Your account should be authorized and ready to use. Though, when youâ€™re setting up Webmaster Tools for the first time, it may take a few days for data to appear.
Add a sitemap
Once your site is verified, you should create and submit a sitemapÂ via the WMT interface.
A sitemap is a simple file that will tell Google what pages you have on your website.
If you are running a WordPress website, itâ€™s worth installing the XML sitemaps pluginÂ which will build an XML sitemap for you.
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