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If you want your website to be found on the Internet the first things most people will say is get on Google.

Google wants great content found via their search engine, so they provide education and tools to help, for free!

One of these tools is simply called Google Webmaster Tools and this a great tool for any website owners toolbox.

A common thing your can do is set a crawl delay for Google so they don't slam your site with requests.

This article covers:

Google Webmasters Resources

First things first, there is the Google Webmasters landing page, where it's clearly mentioned:

"You want to be found on the web. We want to help."

You can access the Google Webmaster Tools which we're talking about in this article.

There is also Google Webmaster Education that explains how Google works, and how to rank well.

Finally there is the Google Webmaster Tools Help where you can learn even more and fix problems.

To get started, click on the Sign in to Webmaster Tools button, or go to

Google Webmaster Tools provides insight for your site

With Google Webmaster Tools you'll have access to detailed reports about how Google sees your website.

With Webmaster Tools, you ensure Google can find your website, and it shows up for the right search queries.

You can see errors on your site, other sites that link to you, how often your pages show up in Google search results and their position, as well as how many times they are clicked on, and more.

Google also scans your site for malware and problems and sends you an email alert with anything important.

The video below explains this all and should be in your Webmaster Tools Dashboard as well:

To get going, you just need to sign up for a Google account, then add and verify a site.

Sign up for or log in to Google Webmaster Tools

You'll need a Google account to access Webmaster Tools, so either sign up for one, or login with a current one.

SIGN IN with a Google account, or click SIGN UP

Add and verify a site with Google Webmasters Tools

Google won't let you just see any website's data, so add one and verify you own it first to get information.

For the rest of this article I'll be using the fictional website for our examples.

Add your site to Webmaster Tools

Enter your site then click ADD A SITE

Verify your site with Google

Step 1
Click the Download this HTML verification file link

Step 2
Upload the verification file to your website with FTP

Step 3
Confirm the verfication file is there via your browser

Step 4
Finally click on VERIFY to complete the process

Step 5
Congrats, your site is verified! Click Continue.

Leave your verification file on your website, even after successfully verifying your site with Google.

Google Webmaster Tools Dashboard

You should now finally be presented with the Google Webmaster Tools dashboard!

This is the same dashboard you'll see everytime you log in at

Because we just added our site, it will take some time before Google reports data to us in the dashboad.

The left hand menu gives different insights like Links to Your Site

The settings cog at the top-right allows access to other settings

There is a lot of stuff to do in the Google Webmaster Tools and we will cover that in additional articles.

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2014-06-21 5:21 am

My website Keuwords not ranking in google - I want to increase a google rank

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2014-06-23 6:51 am
Hello Panna,

Once you find your keyword you will need to start optimizing your page in order to rank. There are many different things to consider but there are many sites out there to assist you. Google itself even has tips on improving your site's 'SEO'. Just as important as knowing what to do is knowing what NOT to do. By far the most important thing to Google is quality content.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
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2014-12-15 7:55 am
Would you do video tutorial. It will be more easy. But I really appreciate these articles.
2016-05-11 7:22 am
Great article

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