After we discussed “How To Setup Search Engine Optimization for WordPress Blogs”, a friend contacted me, seeking for steps on “How To Connect Blogs To Google Webmasters Console”. However, I believe there are some people that also needs these steps. So I’ve decided to share this steps with everyone. Now that you have your articles and pages running live on your blog, the next thing you should focus on is how to get traffic. There are many ways to get traffics to your blog, among these ways, traffics from “Search Engines” is the most important. Most people believe that “Google” is one of the most powerful “Search Engine” on net, and for your posts and pages to be displaying on “Google”, you must connect your blog to “Google Webmasters Console”. So this article is focused on “How To Connect Blogs To Google Webmasters Console”.
Before we continue, note that traffic is just a term used in placement of “Visitors”, it’s not like the real world where it means movements of humans or vehicles or goods.
To connect your blog or website to “Search Engines”, you need to submit your blog or website sitemap, these sitemap is like a plan of your blog or website through which the “Search Engines” can be able to identify what you have on your blog or website as well as when to display it, i.e, it enables “Search Engines” to crawl over your webpages. The popular “Search Engines” we have on the internet today are Google, Bing, and Yandex. However, the process of submitting a sitemap to “Google Search Console” is similar to that of Bing, and Yandex.
Step One; Submit Sitemap to Google Search Console.
To submit sitemap to Google Search Console, Install and activate “Yoast Plugin”. I believe you already know how to install and activate Plugins, if you don’t, click HERE to read our previous article. So, after the activation, click on your Dashboard > Yoast, this will take you to the set-up page, open the configuration wizard, follow the page as it loads and inputs the required information. Click on next button continuously to load the remaining few pages and input the required information. When you reach the finish button, exit the configuration wizard.
Step 2; Visit Google Webmasters Console or Others.
After setting-up the “Yoast Plugin”, visit “Google Webmasters Console” address @ https://google.com/webmasters/. For Bing, visit https://bing.com/toolbox/webmaster/. For Yandex, visit https://webmaster.yandex.com/sites/add/. After the site loads successfully , sign up and add your blog or website URL as a new property. You will be required to verify the property ownership by taking an action. From the required action, click on the alternative tag, a code will display, copy the code, go to your admin dashboard, click on “Yoast Plugin”, then click on General Page, after that, click Webmaster Tools and paste the code in the box where you will see Google, and click Save. From the Google Webmaster Console Webmaster Page, click verified property and it will be successfully verified.
Now click on the property and it will take you to the Property Overview. On the left-hand side of the screen, click Sitemaps. Choose to add a new sitemap, and enter your sitemap URL (normally sitemap_index.xml extension), then, click Submit. At this point, you have successfully submitted your blog or website sitemap, just sit back and watch Google doing the rest of the job. You will see how visitors will be coming from Google to your blog. Meanwhile, to submit your sitemap for Bing, Yahoo, and Yandex, all you should do is to visit their individual “Search Console” and submit your blog or website sitemap same way like Google.
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