Claiming Your Site In Google Webmaster Tools

Whether you have a blog or a website, you definitely want to tell Google that it’s yours!  How do you do that?  Google Webmaster Tools.

Now that you know how to FTP to your site, it will take you about five minutes to claim your site with Google Webmaster Tools.  The benefits are simple but helpful.  You can easily see:

  • The top Google searches that led people to you
  • A complete list of external links
  • All broken links that Google finds as it crawls
  • The keywords that Google views as significant

In addition, Google will notify you on the Webmaster Tools dashboard of any errors that they have found while they were attempting to access your site.

To claim your site:

  1. Visit Google Webmaster Tools and sign in or register with your Google account.
  2. Click “Add a Site”
  3. Input your website and hit continue, you will be taken to the “Verify Ownership” screen.
  4. Download the provided HTML verification file.
  5. Log into your server via FTP (I use CoreFTP).
  6. Navigate your left window to where your file is downloaded, and your right window to the root of your domain.  Select the file on the left, and click the right arrow to copy it to your server.

Voila!  Hit the “Verify” button and your domain is now “yours” in Google’s eyes.  In a few days you should be able to log in and see all of the wonderful information above!  Easy peasy, right?

5 comments on “Claiming Your Site In Google Webmaster Tools

  1. Pamela writes...

    So I’m fairly new to blogging and haven’t moved beyond basic posting/images. I just use the basic WordPress “dashboard”, but I don’t see where I can upload the file? This is a stupid question, I realize, but I decided to go ahead and ask it anyways! Thanks!!

    • Ami writes...

      Hi Pamela! It’s not stupid. :) So, this is something that you have to go out of WordPress to do. Think of your server as your computer’s desktop, and think of WordPress as a folder on that desktop. You need to save Google’s file directly on your desktop, not in the WordPress folder. (Make sense?)

      So, you will need to use either the web FTP program provided by your host, or download something similar to the Core FTP program I talk about above to upload the file.

      Your other option, if this is something you are more familiar with, is to use the meta tag verification for Google. You would need to edit your theme’s header.php file to do that, which is something we haven’t covered so I didn’t go into that option here.

      Hopefully that helps – good luck!

  2. Melissa writes...

    This was SO helpful especially for those of us who use blogger and don’t get access to the top searches function in wordpress!

  3. Dawn writes...

    Thanks for this added tidbit Ami! Always hopeful!

  4. Lulu writes...

    This whole process is just *magical*! Thank you for taking the time to walk us through all of this setup, step by step. You’re instructions are so easy to follow!

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