How To Verify WordPress blog in Google Search Console Tool

Like most of the other bloggers in the blogosphere, my primary focus is to get more Google juice. Little do I care about Yahoo, Bing or anything alike. There is Google search, and there’s everyone else. Naturally, I’m much concerned about how my blog gets crawled by Google and about what content get’s indexed by Google.

Google Webmaster tools tells me the inside story of how users find my website through Google. In my opinion, WSearch Console tool is like an ECG device that displays the heart beat of internet traffic – Google being the heart.

To be able to use this free service by Google for your website, you should prove them that you are the owner of the website you claim. Google lets you verify ownership of a website using three methods:

  • Meta tag
  • Upload an HTML file.
  • DNS Verification

Now the question is how to verify your self-hosted WordPress blog with Google Webmaster Tools? This question has been answered multiple numbers of times before. Let me answer it again, with a bonus of showing you the cleanest way.

Google Webmaster tools verification methods:

FTP an HTML file

The disadvantage of this method is that you will need an FTP client installed on your PC. We WordPress bloggers don’t use FTP frequently, do we? Use FTP just once to install WordPress and that’s it, use the WordPress admin to do every upload task such as uploading a picture or a theme or a plugin. How thoughtfully WordPress dashboard has been built!

Add a meta tag to header file

You can follow the steps shown by Don Campbell in below video and add a meta tag to header.php in your file.

The disadvantage of this method is that you have got to repeat this step each time you change a theme. Furthermore, incorrect changes done to theme’s header file may crash your blog. Face it, who wants to meddle with the code — and screw a blog that was working properly until then.

Use All in One SEO Pack plugin *

* This the cleanest method to verify ownership. Download and install the WordPress Plugin — All in One SEO Pack. Once you are done with the installation, all you have to do is:
Go to WordPress admin -> Settings -> All in one SEO, and paste the meta code into the text area called “Additional Home Headers.” Go to Verify Ownership page in Google webmaster tools and click on the verify button.

Google Webmaster tools verification

Additional Home Headers section in All in One SEO plugin
Apparently, this article is biased towards this method. So the disadvantages shall not be mentioned :-). The best part of using All in SEO plugin is, there are other magical features offered by this plugin that can help you tweak SEO with least efforts.

Once you are done with the site verification it’s time to generate your sitemap using Google XML sitemap plugin.

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Comment and let us know how you verified your WordPress blog with Google’s Search console tool.

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Sridhar Jammalamadaka is a professional blogger from Pune. He writes a career advice blog called Interview Mantra, where he shares tips related to job interviews. He is on a mission to create a gigantic online community of job seekers and working professionals.


COMMENTs ( 13 )

  1. says

    Hey Harsh,
    There is an update. In the latest version of the All in One SEO Plugin, one have to enter Google webmaster verification code on ‘Webmaster Verification’ section to verify ownership.

  2. Neha Patel says

    Very nice and useful information you have provided here. One thing which I am looking out for is, which verification code does google consider? for example site verified after the resolving malicious code or the one which we have added at the starting, just after launching a new site…

  3. DP says


    I have been searching all over the net about how to get Google Webmaster Tools verified on my self-hosted WordPress blog. This has been tremendously helpful and the All in One SEO plugin worked perfectly. YAY for you!

  4. Milwaukee Condos says

    I’m running Thesis 1.8 and don’t see a header option under the editor and when running the all in one seo pack don’t seem to have the option described in this article. I’m also an ftp idiot. Any other ideas?

  5. Deepak says

    Thanks Shridhar. I like the last method – using all in one seo plugin. its worked for me. its so simple.

  6. Willie Jackson says

    The third method can be accomplished using a custom function as well. You’d just add the same code to your functions.php file for normal themes and the custom_functions.php file if you’re using the Thesis Theme (like this blog).

    Great post. Much needed information for newbies.

  7. Netchunks says

    I too use the FTP to verify my Webmaster tools :) The metas never worked for me since I tend to change the theme a lot

  8. SmashinGeeks says

    The Points are I think must to be a good blog and also to verify for Google Webmasters Tools.