How to setup Google Webmaster Tools

Google’s Webmaster Tools is another great service offered by Google. Webmaster Tools tells you if there are any website errors when Google’s spider crawls your site. You’ll also be able to view top search queries that lead to your site and what what parts of your site are being linked to by other websites. Maybe you wrote an interesting article or blog post that a lot of people have linked to, and by knowing which pages are being linked to you’ll be better educated about what drives traffic to your site.

It’s easy to setup your Fotojournal account to use Google Webmaster Tools. Like Analytics you’ll need to sign up for an account with Google (if you don’t already have one).

Go here to signup or login to Webmaster Tools. You should find yourself at a page that looks like this:

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Click the blue button that says “Add a site…”

You’ll be asked to provide the URL you want to manage. If you’re forwarding your Fotojournal account to a custom domain then you can enter that that (e.g. www.yourdomain.com) or if you’re just using the fotojournal domain then it will look something like this: youraccount.myfotojournal.com (note that there is no www before the url in this case)

I’ve entered my FotoJournal page which is www.roblim.com. This is the next page I’m faced with:

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This page is asking me to verify ownership of my FotoJournal blog. I’m going to copy the code provided and paste that into a special field in FotoJournal.

Open either a new tab or window in your web browser, and sign into FotoJournal. Click “Settings” in the left-hand menu and you’ll see page like this:

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Paste that line of code into the bottom field that says “Webmaster tools metatag”. Now click Save.

Now return to Webmaster Tools.

Click “Verify” and if all goes well, it should take you to the webmaster tools dashboard for your blog. Here you’ll be able to view crawl errors and search queries. Don’t worry if nothing shows up right away — it can take several days (or more) for Google to start gather data about your blog.

Related: If you haven’t already done so, we recommend setting up Google Analytics to track valuable data about your blog’s visitors.


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