If you’re wondering why your blog never shows up in Google, you’re not alone. This seems to be quite a popular question and although I can’t make any promises, I can certainly give you a helping hand.
Registering your blog with the major search engines (That’s Google, Bing and Yahoo) is one of the first things you should do. It won’t guarantee you a place on page one of Google by any stretch, but it’s a good start. Once done, you’ll at least know that you can be found. Now you just have to worry about making your blog worth finding.
Before we start, I should warn you that you’re going to have to register your details with the search engines. I know this’ll bother some of you but I can honestly say that since registering, I’ve never had any spam from them.
OK, lets go.
2. At the bottom of the Tools section you’ll see Webmaster Tools Verification. It looks like this:
And WordPress have made life nice and easy for us by including links to all the relevant Webmaster sections.
3. Go ahead and click on the link for Google Webmaster Tools (I recommend opening the link in a new tab) and if you don’t already have a Google account, now’s the time to sign up for one.
4. Once you’ve signed in, you should see the Google Webmaster Tools home page. And look, there’s a convenient button marked “Add a site”. Give it a press and a box opens for you to fill in your blogs URL, like this:
5. Having entered your URL, you can press continue and go to the the Verification page. It’s here that you’ll be given your Meta Tag, like this:
6. Notice that it says “Not Verified”? Well, now you’re going to verify it. So highlight that Meta Tag and copy it. If you opened the Google Webmaster Tools link in a new tab, just pop back to your WordPress Tools section. If you didn’t, click “Verify Later” and go back to you blog the usual way.
6. This next bit should be obvious. You are going to paste that code into the Google Webmaster Tools box in the Webmaster Verification Tools section. Don’t forget to click the “Save changes” button.
7. OK, back to Google Webmaster Tools and click that verify button.
And you’re done. Easy, wasn’t it? Now you can do the same thing with Yahoo and Bing. They’re essentially the same so if you can do the Google Meta Key, you can do them all.
Having done this you can now be sure the search engines know where you’re blog is and they can find their way around it. So you have no excuse for not filling it with lots of interesting posts.