How to Set up Google Webmaster Tools

In this post I will show you how to set up Google Webmaster Tools and how to submit a sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools. For creating an account on Google Webmaster Tools you need to have a gmail account and you need to have installed Google Analytics on your site before.

If you don’t know how to install Google Analytics you can read my tutorial here.

Google Webmaster Tools will help you get insight into your website and improve your website and rankings.

Create Your Account on Webmaster Tools

Search on Google “Webmaster Tools”. Log in through your gmail account.

Then add your website, not the www. part, only the Click Add a property, as shown in the picture below.

create your account on Webmaster Tools

After you click that, a table which asks you to the verify the ownership the ownership of your website. You will verify it using Google Analytics.

So choose Alternative Methods and select Google Analytics.

create your account on webmaster tools

Then click Verify.

Access Your Account: A First Glance at Google Webmaster Tools

access your accountWith your Google Webmaster account you can determine search traffic, links to your site, manual actions etc. You can determine Google indexing (the number of pages that you got indexed.

If you click on Crawl, you can crawl errors and stats that could be preventing your pages from indexing. And when you fix something you can fetch it.

If it’s a new account there’s not much data to look for now. However, the information from Google Webmaster Tools is going to be very important for you.

How to Submit a Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools

This requires the addition of a plugin.

Install “Google XML Sitemaps”

XML is a universal programming language and “Google XML Sitemaps” is the name of the plugin that you need to install. For this, go to Plugins and select Add new.

how to submit a sitemap to google webmaster tools

Search for “Google XML Sitemaps” (the word “sitemaps” is in plural). Click Install.

how to submit a sitemap to google webmaster tools

Then click Activate.

Setting up your Sitemap

Go to Settings and then select XML-Sitemap.

how to submit a sitemap to google webmaster tools

At the top of the page that opens there is the URL of your sitemap which you will submit to your Google Webmaster Tools account. Every time that you will update your site that URL will be updated.

You are going to leave this page as it is and not change any of its details except in the section Change frequencies, you can the frequency when your posts are going to be crawled by Google to Daily (if you plan to post daily) or weekly (if you plan to post a couple of times in a week).

how to submit a sitemap to google webmaster tools

Scroll down and click Update Options.

How to add URL to Webmaster Tools

Go to your Webmaster Tools account and click Crawl and Sitemap.

how to submit a sitemap to google webmaster tools

Click on Add/Test Sitemap which is in the upper right corner of the page.

how to submit a sitemap to google webmaster tools

Go to the Dashboard of your website and copy the last part of the sitemap’s URL and paste it your Webmaster Tools account in the table that opens when you click Add/Test Sitemap. Click Submit and refresh the page.

When you add your site’s sitemap on your Google Webmaster Tools account, it will lead to better rankings for your posts and pages.


If you have any questions you can ask them below.

4 thoughts on “How to Set up Google Webmaster Tools”

  1. This is a very useful article on setting up Google Webmaster Tools.It is a free way for people to monitor their websites once their webmaster tool account is setup. You show us a very clear way to set up our accounts. I liked your graphics because they clearly show what we need to do. I particularly like the fact that you showed the Google index tab. Having your website indexed will help get organic traffic from Google search.

    • Agree on everything you said and I think that setting up a Webmaster Tool account is one of the things to be done when starting a website because it will help indexing. When I first added sitemap’s URL to webmaster tools my posts and pages started to get indexed

  2. A freind of mine recommended webmaster tools to me a few weeks ago as a way of finding out the exact search terms people were landing on my site for.
    Sometimes google analytics seems to neglect to show a majority of results – is webmaster tools more open to these exact terms/results?

    • Yeah and so does Google Analytics
      Ah if you look in “keywords” in google analtycs it doesn’t show it, but if you look somewhere else, it does. Let me get a quick screenshot.
      If you see this screenshot you can see. Go to “queries” and it tells you the keywords you show up for. Then go to “landing pages” and it shows you the pages people land on. You should be able to put 2 and 2 together and work out which pages are showing up for which keywords:
      and that is the webmaster tools data anyway, so it’s the same (they changed the name to search console)


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