This post was last updated on May 1st, 2017 at 11:59 pm
Post updated on May 02, 2017
Ever heard of Google and Bing Webmaster tools? Your answer will probably be ‘Yes’ if you are a blogger, SEO Expert or Website owner. Webmaster tools are commonly used for submitting a site’s pages, posts, categories, tags to search engines using a sitemap. That’s not all though, Webmaster tools can also be used to manage and check site’s stats, indexing, crawling, search keywords and so on. A webmaster account you will sure help you with improving your site’s SEO.
Anyway, on this post I will list a few things you need to know about Google’s webmaster tools and Bing’s Web master tools. I will also help you with the signing up process.
Google Webmaster tools (Search Console)
To create your Google webmaster tools account, you need a Google email account. so Click here to create a gmail account or login (if you have a Gmail account) by Clicking here. After signing in successfully, go to Google Search Console Website. On their welcome to search console screen, select the property (Website or App) you would like to add. You can add your website using its URL or add your android app using its package name and then click Add Property.
The next thing on the list is to verify your site’s ownership. This is a simple process that requires you to confirm that you own the site you have added. You can use the recommended method (which is uploading a HTML file to your website) to verify your site’s ownership or you can choose other methods shown below.
Other Ways To Verify Your Ownership
For WordPress users, I recommended the HTML Tag method. All you have to do, is copy the meta tag code given at Google. After copying it, Go to your WordPress dashboard then Go to Appearance > Editor > Theme Header > Add the code between <head> and </head>.
Others can choose their preferred method and click Verify. After a successful verification, get your sitemap’s URL then upload it to Google.
Bing Webmaster Tools
You can use your gmail account to create your Bing webmaster tools account. The process is quite the same as the Google Webmaster tools process. Anyway, after creating your account click “Add (a) site” (on your dashboard) then enter your site’s URL. Now verify that you own the site you have added.
For WordPress Users: Copy the provided code at Bing. Go to your WordPress dashboard then Go to Appearance > Editor > Theme Header > Add the code between <head> and </head>. When done go back to Bing to verify your site’s ownership.
You can then proceed with adding your sitemap URL. Wait a few days to get your sitemap approved (Status: Success).
Few Things To Know
- Search Engine Visibility: Google will show your site’s posts, pictures in a few days and it takes almost forever for your site’s post, pictures to be shown on Bing.
- Tools and Options: Bing has more tools compared to Google. You can submit your site’s URLs using Bing’s ‘submit URLs’ tool! I believe this tool is used to submit links that are not indexed or crawled. Unfortunately Google doesn’t have this option.
- Bing’s dashboard is simple and user friendly and Google on the other hand has a complicated dashboard (a bit though).
- Do not remove the code(s) or file(s) used when verifying your site’s ownership.
- Check your webmaster accounts regularly to keep track of your success and to fix (an) error(s).
After a couple of weeks you will see the number of pages, posts (and so on) that are indexed on your webmaster accounts.
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