We all want to see the live statistics of the performance of our blogs. We want to see the maximum searched words in Google, articles from our blogs that have received maximum hits and then design post titles in accordance with the patterns of Google search.
To have all these in one package, getting registered with a Google Webmaster (now renamed as Google Search Console) and submitting our blog as a property in our own name is the prerequisite.
But when we register with Google Search Console and submit our blog, it will ask us to verify the ownership of a blog we submitted. If you have good knowledge of Google Search Console workings, this won’t be a problem. But new bloggers will feel quite confused how to get started and then verify self-hosted WordPress blog in Google Webmaster.
One of the first things to take care of after launching your WordPress blog is Google Webmaster Tools verification. Google is the undisputed king of the search engine domain, and so your SEO planning must start at Google. It would not be an exaggeration to say that your focus should be centred on Google.
What’s Google Search Console (Former Google Webmaster Tools)
Google renamed its earlier Google Webmaster Tools to Google Search Console in May 2015. Basically it a search monitoring and management service for your website that comes free from Google. It lets you see ‘under the hood’ about how Google views your website on the basis of different ranking factors. You get to know about the experience users are getting on your site through Google. The service gives you access to Google’s data and analysis affecting the SEO of your website. This helps you to take action for rectifying or improving those areas, and to optimize your site’s ranking performance. Overall, it aids in formulating the right SEO strategy for your site.
Google Search Console offers a host of functionalities such as setting your preferred domain, XML sitemap submission, and addressing spam & malware issues. It gives you feedback on your website’s search traffic, and notifies you in the event of any indexing or crawling problems faced by Google.
How to verify WordPress Blog in Google Webmaster Tools: Guide for New Bloggers
I will assume that you have Gmail Account. If not, first create one Gmail account. It’s free. Once email creation is done, proceed with given steps:
Open Google Search Console (www.google.com/webmaster)
Fill up your Gmail Account details and sign in
Click on Add A Property button
Select the type of property to be submitted as Website
Copy-paste the URL of your blog in that box
Click on Add button
A verification dashboard will be displayed
Google will suggest uploading HTML file
But I would suggest other, click on Alternative Methods
Select HTML Tag.
Copy that short code and paste in opening code of your theme’s header frame.
Let me guide you how to locate the header part of your blog’s theme. In your blog’s dashboard, click on appearance. You can see header (kind of folder) on the right side after clicking Editor. Paste step-11 code in the opening of header. I mean after <head>. You have to save the changes.
Once the header is being located and then Google Webmaster (or Google Search Console) verification codes have been added, go back to google webmaster and click on Verify button.
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If a message saying that verification succeeded appears few minutes after clicking the verify button, you must have got things correct. Now you can start enjoying benefits of Google Search Console in your WordPress Blog.
Final Important Points
Verify both www and non–www versions of your website. Further, set the preferred domain choice between www and non-www versions as per your preference.
This tells Google that http://www.yoursite.com and http://yoursite.com are references to the same site. Otherwise, Google may treat the two versions as separate references to two separate pages. This is essential to Google for future indexing & displaying your preferred version in search results.
What is method you like for verification of your website? I would love to hear your story in the comments.