How to Verify WordPress Blog In Google Search Console

Verify WordPress Blog In Google Search Console

Do you want to know –

  • How does your site appear on Google?
  • How many traffic are you getting from Google?
  • How many URLs of your site got indexed by Google?

If the answer is YES, then you have to use Google Search Console.

Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools) is a free service by Google that helps you to monitor your site performance in Google Search results. It provides data to help you to understand how your site appear on Google. It also shows search queries that drive traffic to your site. Google Search Console allows you to submit your sitemap, remove URLs from search results, test robots.txt file, find and fix crawl errors and much more.

If you want to use Google Search Console, then you have to add and verify your site in Google Search Console. In this post, I will show you to verify WordPress blog in Google Search Console.

How to Verify WordPress in Google Search Console

Step 1: Go to Google Search Console

Just click on this link, Google Search Console, to get started. And sign in with your Gmail account.

Step 2: Add Property

Search Console lets you submit your site or app. As you are going to submit your site, enter the full URL of your site and click on “ADD A PROPERTY”. Then enter your website name. Make sure to enter the correct protocol (http:// or https://) of your site.

And click on “Add” button.

Step 3: Verify Your Ownership

Now you need to verify your ownership. Their recommended method is HTML file upload.

On this method, you have to download HTML verification file and upload it to your site. You can upload HTML verification file to WordPress by using an FTP client or cPanel file manager. (If this method seems tough to you, don’t worry. We have alternate methods to verify ownership)

HTML file upload

Once you’ve downloaded the file, upload the file to public_html. If you have more than one site on your server, then upload the file to yourdomain.com file.

Uploading HTML file is not the easiest way to do it. We can do it by using an alternate method. Just click on “Alternate Methods”.

Search Console Alternate Method

There are 4 alternate methods.

  • HTML tag.
  • Domain name provider.
  • Google Analytics.
  • Google Tag Manager.

If you are already using Google Analytics or Google Tag Manager, you can use any of these tools to verify your ownership. Otherwise, you have to use HTML tag or Domain name provider method.

I’d recommend you to use HTML tag method. This is the easiest way to verify your ownership. Now select HTML tag and it will ask you to add a meta tag to your site’s <head> section. You can do it by using Yoast SEO plugin. It is the best WordPress SEO plugin.

Read: How to Setup WordPress Yoast SEO Plugin

Search Console Meta tag

Once you’ve installed and activated the plugin, a new tab “SEO” will be added to your WordPress admin panel. Now hover your mouse cursor to “SEO” and click on “Dashboard”.

 

Then click on “Webmaster Tools” tab and enter meta tag on Google Search Console. Click on “Save Changes”.

 

Google Search Console HTML tag will be added to WordPress.

Now go back to Search Console and click on “Verify” button.

Verify Site Ownership

You will receive a successful confirmation message.

That’s it. You are done.

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Hope this post helped you to verify your site ownership on Google Search Console. If you have any queries regarding verifying ownership, feel free to ask us via comment. And don’t forget to share this post on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

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Istiak Rayhan
 

Istiak Rayhan is the founder of RoadToBlogging.com, a blog that aims to make bloggers' journey easier. Istiak loves to help newbie bloggers to build a better blog. Here's more about him.

  • Philip says:

    I ususally do it manually in the editor, but I know some bloggers prefer to use a plugin called “Google Analyticator”. It’s easy to use and does nothing else but adding the needed code for Google Analytics. After that you can verify Webmaster tools through your analytics account.

    Anyway, just a question how you prefer to do it :-)

    Phil

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Adding one more plugin to do that is not a good idea. I prefer using HTML file method. For newbie, All in One SEO Pack Plugin is the best solution.

  • Kristal Macuto says:

    Hi! May i know how to identify what is the code from the complete meta tag code given by google webmaster? I’m trying to use the all in one seo but i don’t know which code you are referring in the line, not full meta tag only the code. Help please.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      If your HTML tag is something like :

      < .meta name="google-site-verification" content="OEIBxqof1XLvaEf8XXdRSXLBk0yP03c9wW-AmEA" /.>

      Then your code will be OEIBxqof1XLvaEf8XXdRSXLBk0yP03c9wW-AmEA for All in One SEO plugin.

      • Kristal Macuto says:

        Thank you for the help! :) funny how my blog says i’m techie but i don’t know about this thing. Haha thanks again. :)

  • LDUK says:

    I’d opt for editing the header also. Installing plugins such as AllInOne leads to a lot of tags you don’t need or extra tags you need to customise.

  • Is it possible for my site ……… http://rhmpost.wordpress.com/

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      I am sorry. I have no idea about how to do it on WordPress.com blog.

  • Riyadkhan says:

    Thank you very much for Post.
    But how to Track my WordPress free Blog With Google Analytics?
    Thank you..

    Regards,

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      I don’t know how to do it on Free WordPress blog :(

  • Rabbi says:

    This is very helpful post for new like me.
    Thank you

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Glad I could help.

  • Ataur Rahman says:

    Thank you for your helping information and nice solution. One of the best articles about Google Webmaster tools.

    Best Regards,
    Ataur

  • Arif says:

    Thanks for Helpful Post. I just Verified my New Blog on Google Webmaster Tools by HTML Tag.
    Keep Writing Helpful Post. Regards,

  • Carla says:

    I have switched over to a wordpress.org blog from weebly and am trying to get it verified.I have copied the meta tag in Yoast and saved but each time I go back to verify I get:
    We weren’t able to verify your property: http://havingthecouragetobelievedifferently.com/.
    I am not a techie at all and thought initially that maybe it had something to do with me using my old dinasour dell computer but I have recently just purchased a brand new pc and just tried it and got same message.I have read somethings about google suite and am wondering do I have to pay for some kind of service to get this done :-O. So frustrated. Hope you can advise!

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      I believe it can be done by following above tutorial. But if you cannot do it by your own, you can take help from WP Fix It. Use the coupon RTBSAVE to save $5.

  • Favour Abalogu says:

    Hi Istiak,

    Thanks for this in-depth guide.

    After trying all methods without success, I ended up verifying my website using the “html file upload” method.

    Jetpack and Yoast couldn’t do the placement. I guess my theme didn’t allow it.

    Thanks for sharing this, Istiak. It was useful.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Glad I could help. Let me know if you need any other help.

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