Verifying your site and submitting your sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools helps with SEO (Search Engine Optimization). This allows Google to know you are active on the web and you are a legitimate entity. It will also provide more information on which keywords Google associates with your site, and allow you to see top search queries for your domain, see sites that are pointing back to yours, and more.

This Help article includes:

  • How to verify your site with Google or YouTube
  • How to submit your sitemap to Google

For detailed information on SEO please view our [Free eBook] A Complete Guide to SEO for Musicians.

How to verify your site with Google or YouTube

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click ‘Pages’ in the settings panel on the left
  2. Click ‘Site-wide settings’ below the list of pages
  3. Select ‘Sitemaps’
  4. Click the link to open the Google Search Console
  5. If you aren't prompted automatically to add your domain, click the dropdown in the upper left corner to see the list of sites in your account, then click ‘Add property’
  6. In the URL prefix section on the right, enter in your domain (.com) in the box provided
  7. Click Continue
  8. Under ‘Other verification methods’ click the drop down arrow beside ‘HTML tag’ to add a meta tag to your site's home page
  9. Click Copy to copy the HTML tag provided

    • It will be in this format: meta name="google-site-verification" content="TCLguGGYC1PMLAJZqKXB3T58cxlV5axCucLWmPyO_kg"

      Note: If it does not look like this format, the wrong verification method has been selected. You will need to choose the ‘HTML Tag’ option as a verification method.

  10. Return to your Bandzoogle ‘Sitemaps’ area and paste the metatag text in the field marked ‘Google Verification metatag’

  11. Click ‘Save’
  12. Return to Google Search Console and click ‘Verify’ in the HTML tag section
  13. You will see a confirmation message reading ‘Ownership verified. Verification method: HTML tag.’

Note: You can use this section to verify other Google products, like YouTube, Adwords, Google Apps, Pinterest, and more. Once one Google product has been verified, you can replace the tag to verify a new service using the same steps. Even though it shows ‘Google Verification metatag’ you can paste any HTML tag supplied by Google into this field, then click ‘save’.

How to submit your sitemap to Google

Google will automatically crawl your site to index it for search results a few weeks after you update this information. Manually submitting your sitemap to Google can speed up this process.

  1. Visit the Google Search Console page
  2. In the top left corner, choose the property (domain) you want to manage
  3. Under the Index header in the left sidebar, choose ‘Sitemaps’
  4. Enter 'sitemap.xml' beside your domain in the ‘Enter sitemap url’ field
  5. Click Submit
  6. Once your sitemap has been successfully submitted, click Got it

With these and other tips, you should have success with Google ranking and SEO.

Ultimately though, we here at Bandzoogle have no control over where your site ends up in the search engine results; and Google uses a complex algorithm to determine your PageRank.

For more tips on working with your website's SEO, please view this SEO checklist for musicians.