Step 1: Verifying Your Site with Google Webmaster
Write down the URL - in our example, it is http://zekdesigns.yolasite.com - and head on over to Google Webmaster Tools to get started. If you do not have a Google account, you will have to create one, otherwise, sign in with your Google login details by clicking Sign into Search Console.
The verification screen will open up. You need to verify that you are the owner of the website you have just added.
1. Click on the Alternate methods tab.
2. Select HTML tag. Please ignore the instructions that Google provides, as it is slightly different in Yola, and follow the steps
3. Copy the portion of the tag next to content, between the quotation marks. In our example, the section to copy is vDEFASlzekmknyZVwJK82Ecty45wNGsUGMl1ErEJ1K4.
Please use the code that is displayed on your Google Webmaster account, otherwise, it will not verify your site. Make sure that you have copied everything between the quotation marks.
Now that you have the verification code, you need to add it to your Yola site. Here are the steps to do it :
1. Go back to your Yola site and make sure you are in the Sitebuilder. (Keep Google Webmaster open in a separate window.)
2. Then go to Settings > Tracking.
3. In the Google Webmaster field box, paste the verification code into the space provided.
4. Click Save Changes.
5. In the Sitebuilder, click Publish.
Step 2 : Submitting a Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools
1. Log into your Google Webmaster Tools account.
2. Make sure you are on the Site Dashboard page.
3. Click Sitemaps. This will open up the Sitemaps screen. Make sure that you have the correct site selected. You will find the name of the selected site, just above the red Add/Test Sitemap button
4. Click Add/Test Sitemap. A screen will open up, with the name of the selected site, enter sitemap.xml in the space provided.
5. Click Submit Sitemap. You will see a Sitemap submitted message.
Where do I get more information on how Google Webmaster works?
- Google Webmaster's Help page is packed with information. Here is the link: Google Webmaster Help.
- You can find detailed information on what those errors mean and how to fix them on these links: Crawl Errors and HTTP Status Codes.