Using Google Search Console (Google Webmaster Tools)

Google Webmaster Search Console will help you to manage Google's indexing of your site.  Yola has made it possible for you to take advantage of Google Webmaster's website optimization tools.  In this tutorial, we will give you step-by-step instructions on how to verify your site and submit a Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools.

Step 1: Verifying Your Site with Google Webmaster

If your site is not yet published to the web, you will have to do so first, because you will need the URL (web address) during the verification process. If you have not published your site yet, please follow the steps in this tutorial: Publishing Your Site.

If you plan on purchasing a custom domain to publish to before getting found on Google, now would be the perfect opportunity.

Head on over to Google Search Console to get started. If you do not have a Google account, you will have to create one, otherwise, sign in with your Google login details.

Note: Google Webmaster tools was renamed as Search Console.
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  • In the URL Prefix field, enter the address of your website in URL prefix filed with HTTPS part. Click Continue.
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  • Verify ownership window will open. Choose the HTML tag as the verification method and copy the meta tag:
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  • Paste the tag in Notes, Notepad, or a Google Docs document so you could copy only a part of it as we need the portion next to content between the quotation marks. Here's an example of the whole tag:
<meta name="google-site-verification" content="jowpA240HMZUgFMDXmjtaSiaCxTQRhsox3bpnL-AdiQ" />

We need the following portion only:  jowpA240HMZUgFMDXmjtaSiaCxTQRhsox3bpnL-AdiQ

Important: Do not close the Google Webmaster window for now.
  • Once you have a portion of the HTML tag, please go to your Sitebuilder > Settings > Tracking and paste the part of the tag into the Google Webmaster field. If you have already added the tag sometimes in the past, remove it and paste a new one. Click Save Changes.
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  • After that, please click on the Publish button in the upper-right corner of the window to update the change. This is an important step as the verification won't work if the website isn't republished.
  • When you've republished your website, please go back to the window with Google Webmaster and click Verify.

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Once done, you should get a notification that the ownership is verified.

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Congratulations! You have successfully verified your website with Google Search Console.

Step 2: Submitting a Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools

When you publish your site, Yola generates a Sitemap for the site.  This is not something you will notice when your site is published, because it happens behind the scenes.  You can submit your Sitemap to Google, using Google Webmaster Tools.  This will give Google more information about your site.  If you want to find out more about Sitemaps and why these are useful to Google, please see About Sitemaps.
The Sitemap for your published site is the site's URL (web address), followed by /sitemap.xml.  In our example, the Sitemap will be : http://zekdesigns.yolasite.com/sitemap.xml.
To submit your Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools :

1. Log into your Google Webmaster Tools account.

2. Make sure you are on the Site Dashboard page.

3. Click Sitemaps.  This will open up the Sitemaps screen.  Make sure that you have the correct site selected. You will find the name of the selected site, just above the red Add/Test Sitemap button

4. Click Add/Test Sitemap.  A screen will open up, with the name of the selected site, enter sitemap.xml in the space provided.

5. Click Submit Sitemap. You will see a Sitemap submitted message.

Congratulations!  You have now successfully verified your site and submitted a Sitemap, using Google Webmaster Tools.  Once Google crawls your site, you will be able to log into your Google Webmaster account to see data that will help you to optimize your site for Google.

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