How to verify your domain and submit a sitemap to Google
Please note that this tutorial does not cover SEO (Search Engine Optimization) so if you want your site to appear in Google search when specific keywords are entered, you will need to visit the following URL for more information – http://adwords.google.co.za regarding this.
In order for your site to appear in Google search when you type in example.co.za or www.example.co.za, you will need to submit a sitemap using Google Webmaster Tools. Its recommended to also submit your site URL using the following link provided below.
- Step 1
Login to Google Webmaster Tools - http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/?hl=en with a valid gmail account, select Add Site and enter your website URL www.example.co.za in the text box and click continue.
- Step 2
Verify Ownership, we suggest that you use the recommended method which is to download the html verification file.
- Step 3
Navigate back to the site creator editor and click on Settings and then Advance .You will then need to Click on the Verify Website Ownership option and select Upload verification File. Simply browse to where you downloaded the file to and click the okay button.
- Step 4
You should then see the following message.
- Step 5
Your site should now be verified and now you are ready to submit a Sitemap – More info regarding this can be found when visiting the following URL - https://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=156184
Now that you know why you need to create a site map, let’s go ahead and do it. Navigate back to the site creator editor and click on Advance and the Download Sitemap, your sitemap should now be downloaded.
- Step 6
You now need to submit your sitemap that you just downloaded, so navigate back to Google Webmaster Tools and click on Dashboard and then Sitemap which will give you the option to Add/Test Sitemap. In your case you are going to be submitting one so enter sitemap.xml in the text box next to your website URL and click Submit Sitemap.
- Step 7
Once you have submitted your sitemap, you should see the following. Please remember that there is not exact time frame as to when Google will index your pages, this is entirely up to Google. For more info on how to submit contents to Google visit http://www.google.com/submityourcontent/website-owner/