When you’re first getting started with blogging it could be quite overwhelming with all of the different things that you need to set up and accounts that you need to get up and running.
One of the first things I always do is head over to Google’s Webmaster Tools (also known as Google Search Console) and get my blog verified so that I can start using the data that the tools provide.
Knowing how to verify a WordPress blog with Google Webmaster Tools can be very helpful as a beginner because you can use it to get new posts quickly indexed and see which of your posts are getting searched for the most even if you’re still new to blogging.
With Webmaster Tools you are able to get a better look at how people are finding your website when they’re using Google and this can help you make more changes to make your blog more visible and easier to find in the long run.
Along with Analytics, Webmaster Tools is one of those tools that you want to get up and running right away and not only is it free but it’s quite easy to get set up once you get the hang of it.
The problem with verifying your site with Google Webmaster Tools is that they’re basically asking for you to prove to them that you actually own your website and that you’re not just submitting something random.
There is a seemingly tricky verification process that you have to go through and you have the possibility to verify your site three different ways:
- Through the meta tag
- By uploading an HTML file to the backend of your hosting
- Doing something called a DNS verification
- Signing in with Google Analytics
- Using your Google Tag Manager account
Even as someone that has a little bit of experience doing this all of these different methods still seem confusing to me so I wanted to help you out and have the instructions clearly displayed on how you can use any of these verification methods for your blog or website.
The Methods for Google Webmaster Tools Verification
HTML File Upload
I think that this is the easiest way to verify Google Webmaster Tools without having to use any plugins, although it is going to take you into the “back end” of your hosting setup.
You want to start by downloading the HTML file and then heading to where it’s stored on your computer before moving on to the next step.
Now you have to upload the file into the back end of your website so for this you going to want to head to your cPanel where you can upload it.
Scroll down until you see the icon for “File Manager” and click on through to the page that it leads you to.
If you haven’t done this before it’s going to seem a bit overwhelming but I assure you that it’s quite easy and a very straightforward process once you get the hang of it.
On the page you’re on for “File Manager” you should see a list of different folders and other files.
Look for the folder marked “Public_html” and double click to open it.
When you’re inside the “Public_html” folder all you need to do now is click “Upload” on the top bar and select the HTML verification file from Google.
Once you add the file you’ll see that it gets uploaded to your cPanel and if you’ve done everything correctly then you will now be able to verify your site with Google.
Double check on the link that Google provides to make sure that your site shows up and if it does then just go ahead and hit the “Verify” button at the bottom of the page and your website will now be verified
This really is the easiest method when it comes to verifying a WordPress site with Google Webmaster Tools and it’s definitely not as hard as it seems at first.
Using the Meta Tag
The meta tag method for verification is another one of the simpler ones that you could use but I don’t really recommend doing it this way and I’ve never actually done it myself.
The reason why it’s not a good idea is because you’re going to have to add the tag to your header.php file on your WordPress site, which can be pretty tricky on its own, and what happens is that any time that you change your theme this file is going to disappear and you don’t to have to add the tag all over again.
I hate messing with the code on my website because it’s harder for me to fix if something goes wrong and I would definitely recommend verifying through the cPanel because it’s way easier to troubleshoot.
To get a better idea of how to verify using this method I recommend checking out the video down below.
Google Analytics and Tag Manager
For those of you that have already signed up with and verified your WordPress site with Google Analytics or Tag Manager then you can simply follow the prompts on how to get your site verified using these existing tools.
This method is fairly straightforward if you’ve already signed up for either of the other Google tools although if you’re a beginner it’s very unlikely and you’re going to have to go through the verification process on Analytics and Tag Manager anyways.
How To Add Your Website To Google Search Console with Plugins
These days there are quite a few different plugins available for just about anything you would need them for and of course it’s possible to verify your site using a plug-in with WordPress.
This is really straightforward if you’re planning on using these plug-ins for a long period and they also help make dealing with SEO for your website a lot easier in the long run.
The 2 plugins that I recommend for this are:
To verify you basically need to head into the settings of these plugins and find out where you’re able to verify the ownership of your Webmaster Tools account.
After that you just need to add the relevant information that you can get easily from Google and then if you’ve done everything right your site will be verified.
You can find the instructions for doing this with Yoast SEO plugin here.
For the All In One SEO Pack these are the instructions:
- On your WordPress home page click on “Admin”
- Select “Settings” and then select “All In One SEO”
- In the area that you see called “Additional Home Headers” you’re going to want to go ahead and paste the meta code that you got from the Webmaster Tools verification page
- Once you have pasted it you can go ahead and click on “Verify” on the Google page and you should be good to go
Eddie of the different methods that I listed above are going to help you get your website on WordPress verified and it should only take a few minutes to get everything up and running.
Personally, I prefer the HTML upload verification method but it’s really up to you to try one that you feel comfortable with trying.
Once you have finished verifying your site you’re going to want to create a sitemap so that Google can more easily find and index your content.