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Getting Your Website Verified With Google #1: What is Google Webmaster Tools and Why Is it Important

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Blog entry by bruc101 posted 11-02-2015 03:47 AM 1160 reads 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The internet has made and continues to make tremendous changes it seems hour by hour to the ones of us that have to work in it. One of the tools we use as webmasters and developers is now called The Google Search Console and Google Analytics.

It used to be called Google Webmaster Tools. It’s a free program by Google for webmasters and web developers. It allows webmasters to check indexing status and optimize visibility of their websites. It also assures Google that you own your website. Most of the time if your site gets in trouble in the search engines Google will notify you and give you a fix for it in your Google Search Console.

If you own a website of have just built yourself a website it’s not just going to show up in the search engines especially Google. Either you have to to do the seo or get someone to do it for you.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

I’m going to base this tutorial on having a Wordpress website but it also works in all other type websites. Wordpress is a CMS (Content Management System) That basically means you can do all the updates and upgrades on it yourself thru the Wordpress Admin Panel.

I’ll be putting up screenshots on this tutorial that will walk you through getting your site verified with Google.

The first thing you will need is a Gmail email account. We have one for each one of our client’s sites to keep them separated and we always know where we are.

I’ve got to verify a new Wordpress site I’m building so I’ll verify it in this tutorial. I shuld be able to get all of this done for you in one day since I have to make the screenshots. Just keep checking back.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org



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#1 posted 11-02-2015 04:25 AM

I’ve been getting calls for years from Google about verifying my websites ,because they call over and over again I tell them I’m not interested. The one time I gave in and actually talked to someone they wanted to charge me a one time charge of 300 odd dollars per website and I declined because I just don’t get that much business off of my websites and I don’t like being forced into buying something I don’t want. I think it’s been close to 4 years that they have been calling up to 6 times a day.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 11-02-2015 04:30 AM

Now that you have your Gmail email account you will need to do a Google search on Google Webmaster tools and this is what you will see. Click on Google Search Console and it will carry you to your Gmail email account.
Login to it and it will give you another page where you can either register or sign in. By already having your Gmail account you may are already registered and are in the console. I’ve got to register the new website and I’ll do that with more screenshots.

One important thing you need to know. If you have other Gmail accounts and you login to your Console and log out with your website account you want to do this to be able to log back into your other gmail accounts without nothing but your Google accounts setup showing up.

In the top address bar you have to put this in: http://mail.google.com and that will then let you log back into you regular Gmail email accounts.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#3 posted 11-02-2015 04:32 AM

I ve been getting calls for years from Google about verifying my websites ,because they call over and over again I tell them I m not interested. The one time I gave in and actually talked to someone they wanted to charge me a one time charge of 300 odd dollars per website and I declined because I just don t get that much business off of my websites and I don t like being forced into buying something I don t want. I think it s been close to 4 years that they have been calling up to 6 times a day.

- a1Jim

Jim this is a free service provided by Google. Most likely you were trying to get scammed by someone else. As far as I know Google never calls anyone. Everything we get from Google comes through the mail to us. With 1000’s of new websites going online everyday it would be impossible for Google to call them.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#4 posted 11-02-2015 04:37 AM

Thanks Bruce
I will see if I’m able to follow along your blog and get er done. Thanks for this blog.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 11-02-2015 04:48 AM


Thanks Bruce
I will see if I m able to follow along your blog and get er done. Thanks for this blog.

- a1Jim

Thanks Jim. We get those calls too but we have a phone number set up just for scammers. spoofers, pfishers and spammers. We have the ring turned off on it and can’t hear it ring but the recordings on it are some really funny entertainment for us. When we think we’ve heard it all hear come a new scam on the recorder.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#6 posted 11-02-2015 05:22 AM

Website To Verify This is a screenshot of the homepage slider images for the new Wordpress website I have to verify with Google. It’s called a full page website. My plans are to do that on Monday 11.2.2015

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#7 posted 11-02-2015 02:15 PM

VPS (virtual private server) A little info about how your website works in the internet since I’m doing some work in our vps test server this morning.

Google defines a vps as:
A virtual private server (VPS) is a virtual machine sold as a service by an Internet hosting service. A VPS runs its own copy of an operating system, and customers have superuser-level access to that operating system instance, so they can install almost any software that runs on that OS.
I myself have other names for it when it’s being cranky that probably is not fit for publication. All the girls in here have given it a female name and when it’s cranky, I call it a “woman thing”. Not good for me when they hear me say that.

Due to the amount of websites my wife’s business consulting and management firm handles we more or less on our own web hosting company for her clients only. We own our own dedicated servers located in datacenters.

Our test server is a VPS located in the Rack 59 datacenter in Oklahoma City. When we build a new website for one of her clients we set up a cPanel account for that client on our vps. We build the client’s website on the vps. Once we get their website built and tested then we transfer it to their main domain and their hosting company if we’re not hosting it for them. It then goes live in the internet.

This is a screenshot of what the control panel looks like in a vps and it’s the best I could do with a screenshot.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#8 posted 11-02-2015 04:33 PM

Login To Your Wordpress Dashboard

If your website is built in Wordpress you will have an Admin Panel to login to your Dashboard. Your Dashboard is where you do all the work on your website. Most all of Wordpress Admin’s have a certain amount of times you can miss getting your username and password correct. If you miss them it will cause a brute force lockout. If this happens to you then you will have to contact your web host and have them remove the lockout so you can login to your Dashboard again.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#9 posted 11-02-2015 04:34 PM

Wordpress Dashboard

When you Login to you Wordpress Dashboard this is what it will look like.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#10 posted 11-02-2015 04:39 PM

Where to Go to Add the Google Verification Code To Your Website

Once you’re inside your dashboard you have to go to your Wordpress website Editor.

Go to Appearance then scroll down and click on Editor.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#11 posted 11-02-2015 04:41 PM

Once You Click On Editor You Will See This

This is where you will find the HTML Codes for your website.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#12 posted 11-02-2015 04:44 PM

Look To The Right Side Of The Editor And You Will See This

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#13 posted 11-02-2015 04:46 PM

Look For Header (header.php)

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#14 posted 11-02-2015 04:53 PM

Click On Header And You Will See This

These are html codes and do not mess with them or you can make your website look like a shattered stain glass window and or disappear into cyber space.

I’ll finish the tutorial later this afternoon or this evening. You will have to do all the above once you get the verification code from your Google Dashboard.

I’ll show you how to do that and how to insert the verification code into your header html codes….piece of cake.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#15 posted 11-02-2015 06:29 PM

Google Search Console & Getting Verification Code

When any of us verify a website with Google we always have the Wordpress Dashboard open to the Header.php codes so we can do this in one swipe to make sure we get it right the first time.

Image 1…logged into the Google Search Console. You will see a picture of the homepage of a corporate website 5 girls in here are building. They’ve not verified it yet because they still have a couple more weeks of work on it.

You have to add your website to the console. Look to the right side of the console and you will see in orange Add A Property
Click on that and it will carry you to another page.

Image 2

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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