How To Verify WordPress Blog In Google Search Console Tool

Verify WordPress Blog Google Search Console
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Like most bloggers in the blogosphere, my primary focus is to get more Google juice.

I don’t care much about Yahoo, Bing, or anything of the other lesser popular search engines.

  • There is Google Search, and there’s everything else.

Naturally, I’m concerned about how my blog gets crawled by Google and about what content gets indexed by Google.

Google’s Webmaster Tool tells me the inside story of how users find my website through Google. In my opinion, the Search Console Tool is like an ECG 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 need to prove to them that you are the owner of your website.

Now here’s the question:

  • How do you verify your self-hosted WordPress blog with the Google Webmaster Tool?

Google lets you verify ownership of a website using one of three methods:

  1. Meta tag.
  2. Upload an HTML file.
  3. DNS Verification.

This question has been answered multiple times before. Let me answer it again, with the bonus of showing you the cleanest way possible.

Google Webmaster Tool verification methods:

1. FTP an HTML file

The disadvantage of this method is that you will need an FTP client installed on your computer.

We WordPress bloggers don’t use FTP frequently. We may use an FTP client one time to install WordPress.

But we use the WordPress admin dashboard to do every uploading related task such as uploading a picture, or a theme, or a plugin.

2. Add a meta tag to header file

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

The disadvantage of this method is that you have to repeat this step each time you change your theme.

Furthermore, incorrect changes done to the theme’s header file may crash your blog.

Face it, who wants to meddle with code and risk screwing up a blog that was working properly.

3. 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:

  1. Go to WordPress Admin -> Settings -> All In One SEO
  2. Paste the meta code into the text area called “Additional Home Headers”.
  3. Go to the “Verify Ownership” page in Google’s Webmaster Tool and click on the “Verify” button.
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Additional Home Headers section in All In One SEO plugin

Obviously, I’m biased and lean towards this method. So the disadvantages shall not be mentioned… πŸ™‚

The best part of using the All In One SEO plugin is some of the other magical features offered by this plugin that can help you tweak your SEO with minimal effort.

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

Also read:

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.

17 thoughts on “How To Verify WordPress Blog In Google Search Console Tool”

  1. Kumar Gaurav

    Hi Shridhar
    please help me….. in my google console ..there is 8 blocked resource… and second when I render with google fetch…. this be only partial not complete… how can I fix it…. please friends help me

  2. Utsav

    Thanks for valuable information Shridhar.
    I have a question about your last method. Suppose that anyone verify his website through All In One SEO plugin. What happen when he stops using the plugin and remove from his installed plugin list?

  3. Ronald Heijnes

    Always with the html-file! It is easy and you can forget about it. No copy-paste into plugins or headers.
    I also use this method with my Bing (!) verification.

  4. Sudipta Kumar Maiti

    Hi , awaiting for the response.
    Hi Harsh
    I have installed All in one SEO but after paste the meta code in Additional Blog Headers section under Advance Setting till not able to complete verification -showing failed could not connect with server. Please note Yoast and jetpack already installed . My issue is that can’t find the home page / site at google search console instead i have put google verification id in webmaster tools and save as per requirement. please help.

  5. Jain Matrimony

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


    how to add website in google , i am trying but not verified , plz help me

  7. Sonam

    thankyou so much. All in one SEO plugin helped me in verifying google webmaster for my site.

  8. Istiak Rayhan

    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.

  9. Neha Patel

    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…

  10. OMG – THANK YOU.

    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!

  11. Milwaukee Condos

    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?

  12. Deepak

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

  13. Willie Jackson

    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.

  14. Netchunks

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

  15. SmashinGeeks

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

    1. NpXp

      Hmm Rephrasing please…

      Anyways, FTP an HTML file does the job for me for all of my blogs πŸ˜‰

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