You have installed your WordPress blog, configured your template and wrote a few posts … what to do next? Now I’ll tell you how to manually add your WordPress blog to Google, Yahoo and Bing search engines.
But why you need to do this? All major search engines (Google, Yahoo and Bing) will find your blog by themselves, it’s just a matter of time. But there are several reasons to do this manually:
- This will speed up the indexation of your WordPress blog by search engines;
- You will be able to add a sitemap of your blog. This will facilitate the process of indexing and you can be sure that all pages of your resource will get into search;
- You will be able to confirm that you are the owner of a certain blog;
- You will get some useful information and statistics which is related to your blog + information about errors on your blog (crawling errors, page not found, etc.);
- You will be able to link your blog to a specific location (country or region);
- You will be able to specify the main address of your blog (with “www” or without it).
This post will be one of my tips for bloggers and webmasters. By following my tips from this article, you will do one of the easiest WordPress SEO optimization steps. So, we decided to manually add our blogs to search engines. What do we need for that? We need to have an accounts on Google, Yahoo and Bing. If you don’t have them, you can do the registration here:
- Registration on Google Webmasters Tools – link. You can use your Gmail account for registration.
- Registration on Yahoo Site Explorer – link.
- Registration on Bing Webmaster – link.
Add a WordPress Blog to Google Search Engine
I think that this is the most important part, because Google is the biggest search engine and it will be the main source of traffic for your blog.
Step 1: Adding a Blog and Ownership Verification
To add you blog to Google, you need to go to Google Webmasters Tools and click “Add a site…” button. Put your blog address (ex. – yourblog.com) and click “Continue“. After this procedure, Google will ask you to verify ownership of your blog. The easiest way to do this is to “add a meta tag to your site’s home page“, so choose this option. Google will generate a meta tag for you. You need to copy this tag, go to your blog’s template folder (or Dashboard => Appearance => Editor) open your header.php file and put meta tag somewhere between head section:
<head> ... ... put it here </head>
Save your header.php and click “Verify” on “Verify ownership” page.
Your WordPress blog is added to Google and now it’s time to move to the next step – submitting a sitemap to Google.
Step 2: Submitting a Sitemap to Google
Sitemap is a kind of map of your blog or website, which contains links to all your pages and posts. Sitemap will help Google to find all your content much faster. If you don’t know how to create sitemap for your blog, then read this post – Creating a Sitemaps for WordPress Blog.
There can be several types of sitemaps:
- Sitemap for posts and pages;
- Specialized Sitemaps for images, video, mobile, news, geo and code search.
I will show you how to add Sitemap for posts and pages, other Sitemaps can be added the same way. Choose your blog in Google Webmasters Tools, go to “Site configuration” => “Sitemaps” and click on “Submit a Sitemap“. Now you need to enter a path to your Sitemap, usually it is “sitemap.xml” (look at the illustration); click on “Submit Sitemap” and you are done.
The same way you can add a Sitemap for images and video, but the name of the .xml file will be different (before adding your Sitemaps to Google, be sure that you have created them).
Add a WordPress Blog to Yahoo Search Engine
Step 1: Adding a Blog to Yahoo and Authentication
To add your blog to Yahoo search engine, you need to login to your Site Explorer here first. You will see “Add my site” field where you need to enter your blog URL (ex. http://yourblog.com) and click the button. Easy, eh?
Now you need to to authenticate your blog ownership. This process is the same as ownership verification at Google Webmasters Tools. Just choose “By adding a META tag to my home page“, copy your meta tag and put it between < head > and < / head > selection in your header.php template file. Save your changes in header.php and click “Ready to Authenticate” button.
Step 2: Submitting a Sitemap to Yahoo
Time to add a Sitemap of your blog to Yahoo Site Explorer. Go to “My Sites“, click on your blog URL and choose “Feeds“. Enter your Sitemap name (sitemap.xml) and click on “Add Feed“. Done.
Add a WordPress Blog to Bing Search Engine
At last, you have to do last few steps to finish with major search engines. The last one is Bing.
Step 1: Adding a Blog to Bing and Ownership Verification
Go to your Bing Webmaster Tools here. Click on “Add Site” button, enter your blog’s URL address (ex. – yourblog.com) and click “Submit“.
Bing will ask you to verify ownership of your WordPress blog, so you need to do the same trick as with Google and Yahoo. Choose “Option 2“, copy meta tag code, open your header.php template file of your blog theme and past that meta tag between < head > and < / head > selection, save your changes. Go back to Bing Webmaster Tools and click on “Verify” button. Done, now lets add a Sitemap to Bing Search Engine.
Step 2: Submitting a Sitemap to Bing
Now, when your blog is added to Bing Search Engine, you need to add a Sitemap of your blog to Webmaster Tools. Choose your blog from the list, go to “Crawl” tab, click on “Sitemaps” at the left sidebar, click “Add Sitemap” and enter your Sitemap URL in pop-up box (this time you need to write full path to your sitemap – ex. – yourblog.com/sitemap.xml). Click “Submit” and you are done here.
That’s all, guys. Google, Yahoo and Bing will do the rest of the job for you. They will crawl your sitemaps to find new pages on your blogs and they will do this everyday, to be sure that all your new pages and posts will be indexed.
Is this tutorial was helpful to you? Give me some comments 😉 And sorry for my bad English, it’s not my native language :(.