Google Webmaster Tools Setup Guide

Google webmaster tools is a very tool in blogging and Adsense. It should come before writing beautiful contents or even having hopes of ranking on the google search engine.

Google Webmaster Tools

 

It is a free service provided for website owners or admin for checking index status and optimize website visibility. Google Webmaster Tools was rebranded as Google Search Console on May 20, 2015.

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It is as important as Google Analytics but it is less concern with the marketing aspect. Rather it focuses on the websites technical aspect.

Set up a Google account

To belong to any Google platform, you must have a Gmail account. It is more or less the ID and password to the Google family.

If you don’t have one you have to belong to the family by signing up.

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  • Go to Google.com and
  • Then click on sign up

Google Webmaster Tools Account Set up

To start up Google webmaster tools set up visit  http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools.

Open Google Webmaster Tools Account

  • Follow the prompt to sign in with your Google account (preferably the one link to your Google analytics)
  • Click on ‘Add a Site’.
  • Next, enter the URL of your website.
  • You will be required to verify entered. (There are several options).
  • Preferably use the Google Analytics account (Note it would be easier if you are the admin)
  • Once that is done your, account should be authorized and ready for use.

Add a sitemap

A site map is also known as sitmap is a collection or list of web pages that make up a site.

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Three Types of Site Map

  • Design Site maps- Done during designing the website.
  • User Site map- They are short cuts listing that aid visitors to navigate a site
  • Structured listings- Created for web crawlers to locate a website.

It is easy if you are running on a CMS platform such as WordPress. Just install the XML plugging to build a sitemap automatically. Submit the sitemap via the WMT interface.

Also, learn about Google Analytics and how to set it up.