WordPress Tutorial: Add your Blog URL or Web Address to Google Webmaster Tools for Better SEO

In this WordPress Tutorial, I show you how to Add your Blog URL or Web Address to Google Webmaster Tools to help improve your blog SEO (Search Engine Optimization).  One of the most important reasons to add your blog URL to Google Webmaster Tools is so that you can then, in turn,  submit your Google XML Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools to help your blog SEO improve even more.

Now if you are using the Thesis Theme for WordPress, you will not watch the video in this blog post. I have created a special video for Thesis Theme users that you will watch instead of the video in this post and here it is:

Thesis Tutorial: How to Add your blog URL to Google Webmaster Tools using Thesis Theme 1.8.1

Here’s my video and blog post on how to Submit Google XML SiteMap to Google Webmaster Tools .    This video applies to all WordPress users regardless of the WordPress Theme you are using.  Even if you are using the Thesis Theme, you will still follow this same video.

Now to actually Create the Google XML Sitemap I have a video that will be used by WordPress users of any theme including  the Thesis Theme. All WordPress users will watch the same  WordPress video tutorial and here it is:

WordPress Tutorial: How to Create a “Better WordPress Google XML Sitemap” to improve blog SEO

So basically you want to:

  1. Submit your blog URL to Google Webmaster Tools
  2. Submit your blog URL to Google Webmaster Tools ( for Thesis Theme users ONLY )
  3. Create a Google XML Sitemap
  4. Submit Google XML Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools
Just keep in mind that some videos apply to ALL WordPress users and some only apply to users of the WordPress Thesis Theme.  When you watch each video tutorial, at the very beginning, I make it very clear which videos apply only to Thesis Theme users and which apply to all WordPress users.

Please leave your COMMENTS if you found this post helpful! Thanks!

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  • Peter Fuller MBA Sep 15, 2011, 9:56 am

    Excellent tutorial Jim

    I have my Google webmasters tools all setup now.

    Thanks
    Peter

    • jupiterjim Sep 17, 2011, 11:54 pm

      Thanks, Peter. You’ve got lots of good stuff on your blog, too!

  • Kyle Quinlan Sep 15, 2011, 10:46 pm

    I just learned about this a couple of weeks ago but I wasn’t aware of all the details. I submitted my URL, but I’ll have to look into the Google XML sitemap part because I was unaware of submitting that also.
    Thanks for the post and the free SEO info Jim!

    -Kyle

    • jupiterjim Sep 18, 2011, 12:07 am

      Kyle,

      If you subscribe to my blog, you’ll get access to the Google XML Sitemap videos for FREE!

  • velli marwan Sep 17, 2011, 11:17 pm

    Hi Jim,
    I am still confused to use google webmaster of this.
    Submit url to the webmaster function is what? In addition to the sitemap, what common use of the webmaster of this?

    thanks,

    • jupiterjim Sep 17, 2011, 11:48 pm

      Velli, you can google “Google Webmaster Tools” on google for links explaining uses of Google Webmaster Tools. You can also find a good explanation on Wikipedia.

  • SurvivalWoman Sep 18, 2011, 10:50 am

    Jim – Do you know the ramifications of submitting multiple site maps for a single site? This can happen when you have a plug-in that writes site maps then subsequently you install a different plug-in (or theme) that creates site maps as well.

    This happened to me so I deactivated the redundant plug-in but I can see how this could easily be missed. My fear is that Goggle will see too many duplicate URLs or that there will be some other offense that displeases the Google police.

    — Gaye

    • jupiterjim Sep 20, 2011, 11:09 pm

      De-activating the redundant plugin was a good move. Which plugins were you using that created more than one sitemap? Just curious. thanks for posting!

      • SurvivalWoman Sep 21, 2011, 11:16 am

        I was using the “all-in-one-SEO” plug-in plus “Google XML Sitemaps”. I switched to the new Wordpress SEO plug-in which includes an integrated sitemap feature. I wanted to make sure everything was working okay so went to Google Webmaster tools and saw the redundancy.

        I am not smart enough to figure out if this was a good move or not since I now seem to be getting a couple of crawl errors (404) a day. The pages are valid – I checked. Is that normal? An error I get one day seems to be resolved the next. Or does Google ignore a post once it has been reported with an error? Confused.

        Anyway, I am not sure if I should disable sitemaps in WP SEO and go back to the Google XML Sitemplug-plug-in.

        Advise?

        Gaye

        PS – Still interested in a piece on Alexa?

        • jupiterjim Sep 21, 2011, 11:32 am

          Gaye,
          you shouldn’t be getting that many crawl errors per day. I would disable sitemaps on WP SEO, then create the sitemaps index on BWP XML Sitemap plugin (or soemthing like that. It’s the one in my video on a recent post) BWP stands for Better WordPress Plugin and I do think it better. So watch my video on that. Let me know if that helps.
          p.s. did I say that I was going to do something on Alexa? That was a long time ago, correct? Please job my memory.
          Hope this helps!

  • Kimberly Castleberry Sep 20, 2011, 12:07 pm

    Verifying a blog with Google Webmaster tools is not given enough credit. Beyond the free SEO tools built in, and the ability of Google to directly tell you if you have errors, it also is your first line of apologizing and getting re-ranked if you’re ever hacked.

    Because I don’t like novices playing in the code, or poking at FTP when they first get started, I usually recommend all bloggers grab a copy of All-in-One Webmaster which is a great plugin for verifying with numerous sites.

    Kim

    • jupiterjim Sep 20, 2011, 10:53 pm

      Kimberly,
      Would you recommend that plugin in addition to or in lieu of “All-in-ONe-SEO” plugin? Thanks for your usual insightful, knowledgeable comment!

  • Steve-Personal Success Factors Sep 20, 2011, 6:24 pm

    How did you know this to do item was on my list?! Jim, thank you very much for putting this tutorial together. I first learned about the importance of doing this from Kim Castleberry, but I’ve been too intimidated to get started. Now I can get it Done!

    • jupiterjim Sep 20, 2011, 11:04 pm

      Steve,
      In answer to your question: “i’m part psychic.” Yes, you can def get it done now. There is nothing to it! I like the article on friends you got linked here and I even posted on my FB page and someone shared it on their page. That’s the way social media is supposed to work, right? 🙂

  • Charles Holmes Sep 20, 2011, 7:16 pm

    Jupiter Jim,

    This is a great post. I need to do this site map and Google Webmaster thing with my blog, so I can get more traffic.

    Your video was great. Thanks for the helpful information.

    Chuck

    • jupiterjim Sep 20, 2011, 11:02 pm

      Charles,
      I just checked out your site as well. Looks like it’s chock full o’ information for network marketers! Looks like you put lots of time and effort into it!

  • Joyce Edwards Sep 20, 2011, 9:36 pm

    Hey Jim,
    Great information. I am always looking for new and easy ways to improve my blog and reading your posts has helped me greatly. The tutorials are easy to understand and I really appreciate the time you took to do them.

    • jupiterjim Sep 20, 2011, 10:38 pm

      Joyce,
      so glad you found this stuff helpful. Plus it’s all FREE!

  • jupiterjim Sep 20, 2011, 11:06 pm

    MaryRose,

    So glad that you appreciate my efforts! I look forward to personally tutoring you on your WordPress blog as we discussed the other day! See you soon!

  • Jaclyn Castro Sep 21, 2011, 1:39 am

    Jim where have you been this whole time! You are such a wp rockstar! Love what you teach and will be coming back to your blog often. I have left comments all over your Youtube vids!

    I’ve installed Google sitemap on my blog. Thanks for your step-by-step tutorials!!!!

    You are much appreciated.

    -Jaclyn Castro

    • jupiterjim Sep 21, 2011, 2:27 am

      Jaclyn,
      Thanks so much for your compliments on my WordPress Video Tutorials. So glad you like them. I subscribed to you on YouTube as well. I am so impressed with your solid network marketing advice in your videos and the production quality is so high as well. What video camera do you use to shoot those videos? Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, too, ok? Thanks for dropping by and commenting, Jaclyn!
      — Jupiter Jim

      • Jaclyn Castro Sep 21, 2011, 8:04 am

        Grin 🙂

        I replied to your comment on my blog and was wondering if you got a notification from my plugin reply me :-).

        Thank you for noticing the production quality. I own a Canon Powershot S95. Pretty deep price range (over $300) but I was willing to spend for it b/c I LOVE to capture really good photos and especially bought it for when we go on vacations, it is definitely worth the splurge!

        FYI my older vids were shot with a flip cam and one of our old Sony cams. The most recent vids are shot with the Canon. The thing I noticed though is that when I want to get a tight shot (as in my new vids), the camera quality gets less clear, of course naturally because I’m in zoom mode. So I’m surprised you would comment that my vids are high quality. Well, now I know NOT to zoom up. Lesson learned. Recently I’ve been doing screen capture vids but when I get back on camera I will ignore the zoom feature.

        -Jaclyn Castro

        • jupiterjim Sep 21, 2011, 11:49 am

          Yes, I did get the ReplyMe reply in my email.

          I was looking at the some of your recent vids I think. ONe was at the famous tourist spot overlooking the Bay and you were telling people NOT to join you if they are only going to ‘try it out for a few months”

          When you do screen capture vids, what software you gonna use?

          Keep in touch!
          Jupiter Jim

    • jupiterjim Sep 21, 2011, 11:50 am

      Jaclyn,

      Well, every Rock Star needs his fans so you can be my very first one! Thanks for the compliments! Glad that Google XML Sitemap thing worked for ya!

  • Mark Sep 21, 2011, 10:50 am

    Yes it is very helpful indeed. I have already installed the plugin in wordpress and the video tutorial made me understood more about its features.

    • jupiterjim Sep 21, 2011, 11:36 am

      mark,
      glad I was able to help. Real important for your SEO!

  • marquita herald Sep 21, 2011, 11:15 am

    I just realized I don’t have the latest/greatest version of Google sitemap so thanks for this information! I’m going to spend some time on this today and make sure I have it set up properly.

    • jupiterjim Sep 21, 2011, 11:35 am

      Marquita,
      please let me know how it works out for you cause this is real important in terms of SEO. Both XML sitemap plugins are good but I like the BWP XML Sitemap plugin that I use in my video. BWP stands for Better WordPress and I do think it’s a little better and that’s the one I’d use. Keep me posted.

  • Kevin Martineau Sep 21, 2011, 11:35 am

    Hi Jim:

    I recently did this on my blog and I had to muddle through it on my own. I wish I had seen your tutorial earlier. 🙂

    Kevin

    • jupiterjim Sep 21, 2011, 11:55 am

      Kevin,

      so glad you found this helpful. I find that Videos are so much easier to learn from. don’t you agree?

  • Willena Flewelling Sep 21, 2011, 1:48 pm

    Great tutorial, Jim. Video makes it clear and simple. Your whole blog looks like a treasure trove. There is so much more I would like to do with my blog, and now I have another great resource to visit often.

    Grateful for what you’re doing…

    Willena Flewelling

  • Raena Lynn Sep 22, 2011, 12:26 pm

    Hi Jim,

    I’m going to be very honest. A couple of weeks ago I installed the Google XML sitemap on my blog. I came across this article and video during my syndication. I thought I had left a commentary commending you on what a great job you did presenting the installation of the plugin and it’s SEO benefits.

    Yesterday I signed up for the TSA Facebook syndication pilot project and your article on SEO and the sitemap plugin was the first one posted. I clicked in to make sure I had already commented, and guess what? I think I was so impressed with the video I forgot to syndicate! So bravo! This is a very helpful video and article and it ties in beautifully with Kimberly Castelberry’s SEO webinar series!

    I am in the process of improving my blog SEO because quite frankly I’m tired of working so hard and not reaching the maximum results of increased traffic and exposure that are possible with research and effort. I will definitely return to your blog. It is packed with great information. Thanks Jupiter Jim!

    Raena

  • Rachel Lavern Sep 23, 2011, 11:32 am

    Nicely done video. As I mentioned on Facebook, I believe that I painstakingly completed this shortly after I created my Wordpress blog three years ago (too bad that I did not have this info then). I should verify that I now have a verified Webmaster Tools account. I know that Google has a great knowledge
    base with answers to just about any question we
    may have.

  • Liz K : Success From Home Trainining Sep 24, 2011, 10:13 am

    Hi Jim:

    This is a great step by step training. I wish I had found your blog two years ago when I was learning all these techniques but all the same I find very useful information on your blog.

    I started using Google webmaster tools last year and I find it very helpful in all their features.

  • Marc Korn Sep 27, 2011, 6:14 pm

    Hey Jim,

    Looking good on the new Comment Luv plugin….

    I tested the tweet and it also was working for the comment…

    Marc

  • alicia Sep 27, 2011, 9:24 pm

    I am ready to install Google sitemap now. Thanks for your great easy tutorials. I have to be honest with you; I was intimidated with all these technology of Word Press, now I love it, thanks.

  • Teach Jim Sep 27, 2011, 10:43 pm

    Thank you for the reminder of a few more of the steps to solid SEO. The environment is ever changing and plugins and tools abound.

    The way of the tools really help in the long run. The tools allow us to leverage our efforts and focus on the words and the market while the technology takes care of itself.

    Thank you,

    Jim

  • Pearly Quah Sep 28, 2011, 4:47 am

    Hi Jim,

    Excellent tutorial ! I will definitely come back for more. Time for me to seriously look into it.

    Many thanks and just want to tell you that I have just found another pot of gold here ! 🙂 You are so kind in sharing your knowledge..it is the little thing that people need to start some where and you have just given it to me over here but not little yea ! 🙂

    Written down on my calendar to explore Google Sitemap.

    Cheers
    Pearly

  • Edgar Perez Sep 30, 2011, 6:11 pm

    Thanks for the video!

  • David Merrill Oct 3, 2011, 9:26 pm

    Great info share here, Jim.

    I’m not very techie, so I would never have been aware of the value of applying these methods.

    I really appreciate the clear way you tutor us on this.

  • Yorinda Nov 14, 2012, 3:45 pm

    Hi Jim,

    awesome tutorial.

    You have shown so many tips that make it easy to do this. I wish I had seen this when I was setting mine up.

    It is also good to that the verification can take a while.

    Thank you so much for sharing this!
    Cheers,
    Yorinda

    • jupiterjim Nov 20, 2012, 11:28 pm

      Yorinda,

      thanks for the feedback!

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