If you expect any SEO results, then you’d better have Google Webmaster Tools setup so that you can get important webmaster data from Google regarding your website.
This step by step tutorial will help you get Google Webmaster Tools set up in 5 minutes.
Ready? Let’s go!
If you are logged into your Google account (don’t have one? Keep reading), then go to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ and you will see the following:
Once at this screen, click here to jump to the next step. Otherwise, continue reading to see steps for creating your Google account.
If you need to create a Google account then go to https://www.google.com/webmasters/ in your browser. Click on “Search Console” and then click “Create Account”.
You will be prompted to fill out this form:
Enter your website URL and click on “Add a Property”.
Now you need to verify your website, this can be done a number of ways. The quickest and easiest is to verify using your “Google Analytics” account. Note that you must be an administrator on your Google Analytics account in order to go this route.
Select Google Analytics and then click on “Verify”.
Once you have verified your site, your Google Webmaster Tools are all set up. It will take Google a few days to crawl your site and the web to collect data for your dashboard, so don’t expect to see anything right away.
Submit a Sitemap to Google Search Console
The first thing you want to do once your site is set up in WMT is to add a sitemap. This will help Google crawl your site regularly for updates. There are a couple great SEO plugins on our list that you can use to generate a sitemap such as Google XML Sitemaps and Yoast SEO.
Alright, you’ve got Google Webmaster Tools setup for your website now. Nice job!
Now you’ll receive important notifications from Google like if you receive a manual action, your site goes down, pages are blocking robot crawlers, as well as mobile optimization suggestions and a few more.
You can also use data from Google Webmaster Tools for tons of your SEO tasks which we will be sharing throughout our blog.
So, for example, if you heard about Penguin 4.0 recently and are concerned you may have some toxic links pointing to your site then Google Webmaster Tools can help you identify and resolve this issue. Stay tuned for our step by step guide on how to review your link profile and disavow toxic links.
Have questions about setting up Google Webmaster Tools? Ask them in the comments below!