So, your WordPress site is up and running, but have you let Google know about it?
Once you have the framework of your site built, you will need to submit and verify your site with Google. This is important because you want to ensure your site is indexed with Google as quickly as possible.
I am going to walk you through the process via the video below and have also included the steps below the video.
If you do not currently have a gmail account, you will need to create one.
Go to Google Analytics and register using your gmail account.
Once your Google Analytics account is created, you will review/accept the terms and then be provided a tracking ID (begins with UA).
That ID will then be placed into your site’s back office. So, depending on what platform you are using, this step may differ. For WordPress (that is what I use), you will go to your All In One SEO Plug In under General Settings and enter the Tracking ID under Google Settings. I also add the same ID to the box labeled Google Webmaster Tools.
Select Update Options to Save.
Go To Google Webmaster Tools and Add Your Site/Property
Verify using your Google Analytics account (automatic if you are currently signed into Analytics)
Click on Verify
If your site is relatively new, adding a site map can be done at a later time; however, I have outlined the steps to follow for further reference. Submitting a site map to Google is important as this will allow you site to be indexed faster, which in turn means more opportunity for visitors to come to your site.
Add a Site Map Plug In to your website. For WordPress it is the XML Site Map Generator.
Add the Site Map to Google Webmaster Tools
While in Google Webmaster Tools, go to the menu to the left of your screen and click on Crawl, then Add a Site Map
Check back in a day or two to confirm the site map has been accepted.
I hope this tutorial has been helpful. Please leave any comments or questions below.