Google has created the Webmaster Academy website as a free resource to teach you how to create great sites that perform well in search results. The information comes right from Google and explains important details about your website/blog & Google. [Read more…]
OK, so now you have accomplished the above tasks – now what? How will you ever know if your hard work is paying off? And if it is paying off – how will you keep the momentum going? And if it’s not what are you going to do about it?
During the blog analysis stage you are essentially working through a discovery process. You will use basic fact finding skills to gather relevant data, analytical skills to help you understand the data and implementation skills to use the data to your advantage. [Read more…]
Now it’s time to submit your blog to Google!
There is a really good chance that once you complete the previous steps your blog will already have been submitted to Google.
However, there is certainly no harm in submitting your blog to Google through the add url link.
By taking this step you will be sure to cover all of the angles available.
- Log into your Google Account
- Go to http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl
- Follow the steps
And voila, that’s it! Google now knows about your blog!
One you have your Google Webmaster Tools all setup it’s time to create an XML Sitemap for your blog.
Google uses the XML sitemap to crawl and index the content on your blog. Because the Google Bots are not human they prefer to spider through the XML markup language.
There are a few ways in which you can accomplish this. I have found using either the sitemap functionality built into the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin or using the free XML Sitemap generator tool both work great.
Yoast WordPress SEO Sitemap steps:
- Go to the Yoast SEO plugin dashboard.
- Click on theXML Sitemaps tab.
- Check the first box that says “check this box to enable XML sitemap functionality”.
- Save settings.
XML – Sitemap Generator Steps:
- Go to XML Sitemaps and enter in your domain name (note: be sure to enter the www or non- www version – whichever you set in Webmaster Tools to be your preferred domain).
- Wait for your xml sitemap to be generated.
- Once ready, download the file.
- Then, via FTP using FileZilla or another free FTP client – upload the file to the root of your domain.
- Go back to your Webmaster Tools account.
- Click on settings, sitemaps, and simply add the url to your new sitemap which will be just sitemap.xml.
Why should I examine the Google data for my blog?
The effort and brain time you spend blogging is precious. Therefore, it makes sense for you to also spend a little time to ensure that Google is able to effectively crawl and index your blog. Right? [Read more…]