Google Webmaster tools
- View Crawl Errors, Crawl Stats, Blocked URLs Index
- Fetch as Google - Pretty handy for fetching data for your website and submitting it to index to ensure that it's indexed more quickly.
- View search queries, and internal/external links
- Submitting sitemap (discussed below)
- ...and so much more.
Submitting SitemapThe first thing to do after making a proper website or blog is to create a sitemap, and submit it to Google. A sitemap is basically a listing of the contents of your blog, sort of like a table of contents. It needs to be submitted to search engines so they know what content to find on your blog. We recommend that you put up some content first before creating and submitting a sitemap. A round 10 posts on your blog should be enough to get you started.
When you submit a sitemap, search engines use the data on that sitemap to locate your site and your data, and index it. You might have noticed that your site didn't appear on Google after you created it. Well, to get it into search results, Google first needs to index it. And to make Google index it soon, you submit a sitemap.
To submit a sitemap, you first need a sitemap generator. For Blogger blogs, you can use the tool on the following link.
If you're using WordPress, then you just need a plugin called "Google XML Sitemaps". Either way, it's a simple process and only takes a few simple instructions.
Keep monitoring your rank and statisticsNow that you're a blogger and have started generating good content, it's time you should start monitoring your success. Keep track of your PageRank, which comes out every three months. The last one came in February this year. You should also keep a check on your Alexa Toolbar ranking. For monitoring your website statistics, you should use Google Analytics.
Basic SEO TipsWe have shared many SEO tips with our readers before. Here is a round-up of some of the posts we've written. Check them out!
- 10 Great Tips for Start-ups in Under 10 Minutes by Google
- Best SEO Tools to optimize your blog
- 20 Hot SEO tactics every Blogger must know!
- 13 Killer SEO Tips for beginner Bloggers
You might also like reading a couple SEO guides that come directly from Google
These basics tips and guides should get anyone started good with optimizing their website. If you still have questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section. And please, try to stay on-topic here. Thank you :)
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