- May 2, 2011
If you are running a self-hosted WordPress install for your website, it just got even easier to install Google Webmaster Tools on your site. Google announced on April 21st that there is now a plugin for Google Webmaster Tools, further simplifying the process of verifying your site.
If you are already a self-hosted WordPress user and haven’t verified your site with Webmaster Tools, here’s the link to the plugin. You can also just search ‘webmaster tools’ in the Plugins area within your WordPress admin panel and direct install from there (depending on which version of WordPress you are running).
Once you’ve verified your site, the Webmaster Tools plugin allows you to submit an xml sitemap to Google, and also provides you information directly from Google about crawl errors, site load time, keywords, internal and external links to your site and other useful information which you can use to refine your SEO campaign and make improvements to your site for both users and bots.
You can sign up for Google Webmaster Tools here.