Adding WordPress Blog to Google, Yahoo and Bing Search Engines


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).

Adding WordPress Blog to Google, Yahoo and Bing Search Engines

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

add blog to Google

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.

Verify ownership of blog

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

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?

Add a WordPress Blog to Yahoo Search Engine

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.

yahoo authentication wordpress blog

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.

Submitting a Sitemap to Yahoo

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“.

Adding a WordPress Blog to Bing

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.

Ownership Verification Bing

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.

Submitting a Sitemap to Bing

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 :( .

About Alex Joy

I'm founder and editor of Webdesignzo, architect designer, web designer, graphic designer and SEO optimizer.

33 Responses to Adding WordPress Blog to Google, Yahoo and Bing Search Engines

  1. Ash Touring says:

    Thanks for the info on Bing. I couldn’t find this updated information anywhere!

  2. Can you explain why sites get indexed in bing and yahoo search engines quickly than google?

  3. esmavault says:

    I’m sorry I didn’t mean to copy.. :) )
    I will share your post then to tell my friend how to verify it..

  4. infofika says:

    hi… thank you for your tutorial. I’ve already follow your instruction. It’s very nice… ^_^

  5. wiro says:

    so nice and helpfully.. thank u

  6. rize says:

    if you are using analytical already then no need to edit any thing just use the 3rd option and your web master tool is ready

  7. Natural Nina says:

    Thanks for sharing. I was able to add my site without a problem!

  8. Alex says:

    Your info was very helpful. Thank you very much! I appreciate your work!

  9. Thank you very much!

  10. Em says:

    Thanks man! This is the only useful, clear and concise explanation I found about this. I’m even feeling rather stupid that it took me so long to do this with my sites. Keep up the good work!, and your English is perfectly fine!

  11. Stelios says:

    excellent, nice done!

  12. Marshal Smith says:

    Thanks Alex for sharing the information. This was really helpful. Could you also please provide us a solution for verifying a blog site with wordpress domain, for instance a site such as “randomsite.wordpress.com” as we don’t have access to the header.php file.

    I have found a good solution for site such as “random.wordpress.com” to verify ownership. http://nimeshpokhrel.wordpress.com/2011/12/16/how-to-verify-a-wordpress-site/

    Cheers to both of you…

  13. tikos says:

    I went to Dashboard => Appearance in my wordpress blog in order to add the meta tag from google webmaster tools, but I couldn’t find the “Editor”. Any suggestions????

  14. tikos says:

    Unfortunatelly, there is no Editor option to Dashboard => Appearance. There are only these:
    Themes, Widgets, Menus, Theme Options, Background, Header, Custom Design, Mobile, iPad.
    Any help??
    or at least is there any other way to add my wordpress blog to google search?

    • tikos says:

      I have to say that the blog I created is made with the free version. I haven’t upgraded to Pro version of wordpress, so I thinkj I cannot edit my HTML/CSS code. Is there any problem, that prevents from showing the Editor option in the Appearance tab on my Dashboard???

  15. tikos says:

    I’m sorry, I don’t know where to search for the header.php file. I only have a free account to WordPress with one blog to manage. It is just the Dashboard and no files to open. How can I open the blog’s files (e.g. header.php)???

    • Alex Joy says:

      Oh, I get it. Are you talking about wordpress.com blogs? If yes – Go to your Word Press blog site administrative panel and then click on Tools. Paste the copied meta tag into the Google Webmaster Tools field and then click the Save. Now go to back to Webmaster Tools page and click the Verify button.

      • tikos says:

        Thanks a lot Alex! You’ve been very helpful!!!
        Now, do you know how can I create a sitemap for my xxxxx .wordpress .com blog???
        I know that adding a sitemap to google webmaster tools is very important for my blog in order to be at the top of the google search. But how can I dow that?

  16. webpositer says:

    It’s really a great and helpful piece of info. I am happy that you shared this useful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Reema78 says:

    Awesome facts. These are good SEO practices, which I never knew. Thanks for sharing.

  18. senoji says:

    very nice info, thank for sharing :)
    I’ve been searching about how to add WordPress sitemap into search engine and finally i found it here…

  19. Anvesh says:

    Thank you very much for your help. I was knowing how to add in google but was not knowing about yahoo and bing.

  20. BDI Media says:

    Thanks for the post although I have no wordpress site at the moment I have built a few for some clients and will apply your procedure above. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Thomas says:

    Remark: Yahoo and Bing merged the webmaster tools.
    The Google crawler indexed all the pages very quickly, but the crawler of Bing and Yahoo indexed only a few site. I didn’t find out why.

  22. Nitish says:

    Thanks for the such a good step by step procedure for submitting our website or blog to the these major search engines. These all three webmasters tools is very helpful but as i recommend yahoo webmaster is no more .

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