What is a Webmaster and Webmaster Tools?

webmaster tools

In this post, we will discuss what is webmaster tools and what is a webmaster. We will also discuss steps to index your website in different webmaster tools such as Google Search Console, Bing Webmaster Tools, Yandex Webmaster Tools, and Badoo Webmaster Tools.

This is chapter 6 of the free blogging course in which we will show you step by step instructions to index your website in different webmaster tools and uploading the sitemap file.

What is a Webmaster?

A webmaster is the administrator of a website who develops or maintains a website and carries out all the technical work like website indexing in search engines, speed, website operations, etc.

Webmaster Tools

Each search engine has it’s own webmaster tools that allow webmasters to index their websites, checking index status, crawlers error, reports, submitting a sitemap, optimize visibility of the website, to check robots.txt file, external and internal linking, etc.

Webmaster tools are services provided by search engines like Google, Bing, Yandex, Badu, etc. and by using this webmaster index their websites so that the website pages will be crawled and visible in the search engine results page (SERP).

Now, let’s see how you can submit your WordPress website in different webmaster tools.

Google search console/Google Webmaster Tools

1. Search for Google Search Console and open it on your browser. Click on the start now.

2. In the URL prefix, type the URL of your website and then click on continue.

google search console

3. Now, you have to verify the ownership of the domain so that Google can know you are the real owner of the website. The easiest way to verify is by copying the HTML tag (scroll down and you will see this image shown in the image) and then use Yoast SEO to paste the code.

google search console website verification

4. Now go to Yoast SEO general option and click on webmaster tools. You will see the option for Google verification code, in that box paste the HTML code that you have copied from Google Search Console and then click on the save changes.

Note – You can also do it using Rank Math SEO plugin in case if you are using the RankMath plugin.

google search console verify using yoast

5. Now, go to the Google Search Console and click on the verify button. When your website got verified in the search console then a message will appear showing that ownership verified.

Click on the go to property and now we need to upload the sitemap to the Google Search Console so that Google crawlers can know all the URLs of the website and it makes easy to index pages and posts.

google webmaster tools

6. Google Search Console will look like this in the image below. Click on the sitemaps.

webmaster

7. Now, go to the Yoast SEO general and then click on the features. Now scroll down and you will see XML sitemaps and a question mark. Click on the question mark and then click on the see the XML sitemap.

By clicking on this option, you will see the XML sitemap of your website generated by Yoast SEO or any other plugin that you are using. If you want to know the best settings for Yoast SEO then you can read this tutorial.

xml sitemap

8. WordPress website XML sitemap generated by Yoast SEO will look like this in the image below. You have to copy the URL sitemap_index.xml and paste this in the Google Search Console sitemap.

sitemap

9. Now, open Google Search Console and go to the sitemap. You will see the option add a new sitemap, there you have to paste the URL sitemap_index.xml. I have already submitted the sitemap and it is showing in the submitted sitemaps.

sitemap submission 1

Now, The website is successfully submitted in the Google Search Console.

Yandex Webmaster Tools

We also suggest you index the website in the Yandex webmaster. Yandex is a Russian search engine and it is mostly used in Russia and Germany. Yandex is among the world’s top 100 famous websites.

1. Search for Yandex Webmaster tools on Google and open the website.

2. Signup/login with Google account to make the process easy and fast.

3. Click on the option: add a site

4. Type the URL of your website and then click on the Add.

yandex webmaster

5. Select the meta tag and copy the code. Now, go to the Yoast SEO and then webmaster tools. In the Yandex webmaster box paste the code. We have already shown you the steps on how to do it in Yoast SEO just go above the content and see the steps. You need to follow the same steps.

 

yandex webmaster tools 1

6. Now go back to Yandex webmaster tools and click on the check button.

7. The next task is to upload a sitemap file. You have to follow the same steps that we did in the Google Search Console to upload the sitemap. Go to the sitemap of Yandex and then paste the complete URL (example – z-shadow.org/sitemap_index.xml). You can find the Yandex Sitemap in the indexing option.

yandex sitemap submission

Now, all the work is completed in Yandex Webmaster Tools such as submitting the website to Yandex Webmaster and submitting the sitemap.

Bing webmaster

We also suggest you index the website in the Bing webmaster. Yandex is a search engine mainly used in Russia.

1. Search for Bing Webmaster tools on Google and open the website.

2. Signup/login with Google account to make the process easy and fast.

3. Enter the URL of your website and click on add site.

bing webmaster

4. Now add a sitemap of your website. Click on add.

bing webmaster tools

5. Copy the <meta> tag (one line code in the image shown) and paste it in the Yoast SEO webmaster tools in the Bing webmaster box (You can follow the same steps that we have mentioned in the Google Search Console for pasting the code).

bing webmaster tool website verification

6. Now, open bing webmaster tools and click on the verify button.

Now, Bing webmaster submission is also completed.

Baidu Webmaster

Baidu is a Chinese search engine mainly used in china. To verify your website in the Baidu webmaster you need to have a Chinese phone number or you are a permanent resident of China. So, you can skip this webmaster tool to index your site.

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