We all want to see the live statistics of the performance of our blogs. We want to see the maximum searched words in Google, articles from our blogs that have received maximum hits and then design post titles in accordance with the patterns of Google search.
To have all these in one package, getting registered with a Google Webmaster (now renamed as Google Search Console) and submitting our blog as a property in our own name is the prerequisite.
But when we register with Google Search Console and submit our blog, it will ask us to verify the ownership of a blog. If you have good knowledge of Google Search Console workings, this won’t be a problem. But new bloggers will feel quite confused how to start and then verify self-hosted WordPress blog in Google Webmaster.
How to verify WordPress Blog in Google Webmaster Tools: Guide for New Bloggers
I will assume that you have Gmail Account. If not, first create one Gmail account. It’s free. Once email creation is done, proceed with given steps:
Open Google Search Console (www.google.com/webmaster)
Fill up your Gmail Account details and sign in
Click on Add A Property button
Select the type of property as Website
Copy-paste the URL of your blog in that box
Click on Add button
A verification dashboard will display
Google will suggest uploading HTML file
But I would suggest other, click on Alternative Methods
Select HTML Tag.
Copy that short code and paste in opening code of your theme’s header frame.
Let me guide you how to locate the header part of your blog’s theme. In your blog’s dashboard, click on appearance. You can see header (kind of folder) on the right side after clicking Editor. Paste step-11 code in the opening of header. I mean after <head>. Then you have to save the changes.
Once the header is being located and then Google Webmaster (or Google Search Console) verification codes have been added, go back to google webmaster and click on Verify button.
If a message saying that verification succeeded appears few minutes after clicking the verify button, you must have got things correct. Now you can start enjoying benefits of Google Search Console in your WordPress Blog.