Do you want your newly launched WordPress site listed on Google? After all, it is the top search engine which detects and lists every new site that surfaces on the net.
However, if you do not follow the set rules, you may not have your site listed right away. So, it important that you have your site listed by Mighty Google as soon as possible. You must also know that it is the major source of traffic.
In this article, I will show you how to easily get your WordPress site listed on Google.
Why Do You Need to Get Listed?
Do you know that Google is the top search engine that gives traffic and visitors to most websites? Yes, it is!
And so, the primary concern for each website owner is to get listed on it and get massive traffic.
If you are looking for a way to start a blog or launch a small business website, then you need to get your site listed on Google the faster the better.
If every serious blogger like YOU learn the best SEO practices first, then there will be no problem for Google to automatically find your website. This may take some time finding out, but surely you will get the hang of it and make your business up and running smoothly.
To get your site listed on search results, Google needs to crawl and index your content. This happens automatically over a period but if you are the owner of a site, go ahead and accelerate the process.
Let’s learn how to get your WordPress site listed on Google for a THUMPING Success.
Below is a video on how you can verify your website using Google Webmaster Tools.
Listing Your WordPress Site
Firstly, you would need to open a Google Webmaster Tools account also known as Google Search Console. Sign into your Google Account and click the red button to add your website.
The next step is to copy the HTML code tag under the Alternate Methods tab. Then, log into your WordPress Dashboard and go to Appearance as shown below:
On hitting the Editor, you will come to the header.php. Click that and paste your HTML code just below the <head> and update file.
With that, you have listed your WordPress website on Google. This is phenomenal!
Here are a few more steps to check.
Step 1. Check Your WordPress Setting for Search Visibility
Now, after you have confirmed your Webmaster Tools account, make sure that your WordPress site is visible to the search engines and particularly Google. For this you would want to check it by going to Setting > Reading page and scroll down to Search Engine Visibility.
Remove the ‘check mark’ and leave the square box blank so that search engines can crawl your website. Do not forget to click on the Save Changes button to store your settings.
Step 2. Installing All in One SEO or Yoast SEO Plugin
The next step you would do is to install and activate a plugin. Some hosting platforms will auto set AIOSEO. If not, you can get the Yoast SEO Plugin for your website. More plugin’s preferred to make your site a killing domination.
In this example, you will be guided to follow the basic general setting of All in One SEO plugin. Although WordPress provides an SEO friendly setup, there are still many things that you can do to enhance your SEO efforts such as adding meta tags, avoiding duplicate content, generating XML sitemap, etc.
The basic plugin is available for free. Upon activation, the plugin will add an AlOSEO menu item in your WordPress admin menu. From there, you will click the AIOSEO General Setting to configure the plugin settings.
The most important point on the General Setting is the canonical URLs. Specifying a canonical URL for each post makes Google happy signaling you on avoiding duplicate content.
In WordPress installation, a single post gets displayed on several locations like your homepage, author page, category, and tag pages. This is the reason why excerpts or summary of each post is recommended. Publishing full articles on all pages create duplicate content.
Watch this video to see how the plugin is configured.
Step 3. Homepage Setting
In the Homepage setting section, you can put a title for your homepage. This title can be different from the one you have on your website. Make sure that you make it catchy and use your most important keywords.
On leaving the field blank, All in One SEO will pull up the default website title. Regardless of using the Same or Different title, ensure that you are using the main keywords of your website.
In this example, you will observe that my Homepage title is Your Second Income – 3 Simple Steps for Beginners in Affiliate Marketing.
In the homepage description field, a brief description of your website is provided, keeping it under 156 characters. Normally, the use of the most important keywords is placed in the description box.
But overemphasizing keywords in the description may be avoided. Just make sure that it is brief, readable and easy to understand.
The description field should not be left blank. If you leave it blank, then All in One SEO will not use them on your homepage. So to get maximum benefits, you must fill the field.
How are you feeling? You are advancing much with the WordPress site lessons. And that’s incredibly awesome! We’ll now dig into the next thing.
Step 4. Title Settings
Title settings allow you to set the default title templates for every page generated by WordPress. This could be your post, main page, archives, tags, or category pages.
Observe the first option ‘rewrite titles’ which allows All in One SEO Pack to rewrite your titles. It is enabled by default to override any theme settings. You must leave this as it is. Chances are, you may want to change your theme any time you like and so, themes should not add SEO options.
Step 5. Webmaster Verification
Google provides a verification code on sign up to verify ownership of your website. This is where you will place the code.
If you have not signed up for Google Webmaster Tools and Bing Webmaster Tools, do that now for a satisfactory result. Connecting your site will help these search engines to notice your site and also inform you when there is something wrong with it.
Not only that, this step is a very important factor to determine your SEO efforts which many web owners fail to recognize.
Do not forget that these webmaster tools also provide useful insights about your site and your search engine rankings. Use such information to plan your content strategy and improve your SEO efforts.
There are tons of lessons to be added and much more to be investigated. Such as setting up XML Sitemap and submitting your WordPress site to Google Search Console.
To keep your learning experience simple and exciting, look out for the articles I will be updating.
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