You have a domain name, check. You have a website, check. You wait on search engines to index website, check. You have amazing traffic, *crickets*.
The above is typical response received when conversing about search engine optimization (SEO) with potential customers.
I have noticed there are a number of different steps a customer can take in optimizing their website. One of the most overlooked steps is the use of Google Webmaster Tools.
This value-add tool provides a website owner (a.k.a. webmaster) imperative information about their website and website’s overall health as Google sees it.
In today’s post, I’ll discuss the importance of Google Webmaster Tools. I’ll also provide a very easy step-by-step, downloadable guide explaining how to use Google Webmaster Tools to complete the following:
- verify your website
- create a sitemap file for your website
- submit a sitemap file for your website