This tutorial will show you how to submit your website to Yandex Webmaster Tools, along with your sitemap file. First you will need to have a sitemap file created. If you haven’t done this yet, please see my article on How to Create a Sitemap File for Your WordPress Site or How to Create a Sitemap File For Your HTML Website. Yandex is a Russian search engine. They launched their English version back in 2011. If you rely on global traffic, and are not simply local, I recommend submitting your site to them.
How to Submit Website to Yandex Webmaster Tools
After signing up, go to the sites page http://webmaster.yandex.com/sites/ and click on the “Add Site” button.
Then input your domain and click on the “add” button.
It will now ask you to verify your website. There are a couple of options to choose from. I recommend option the meta tag option. Go ahead and copy the meta tag.
If you are running WordPress I highly suggest installing the free Yoast SEO plugin. Once installed, go down to the “SEO → General” section and click on the Webmaster Tools tab. Paste your Yandex meta tag into the Yandex section and click “Save Settings.”
You can alternatively edit your header.php file in WordPress by going to the “Appearance > Editor” section and clicking on your header.php file. Then paste in the Yandex meta tag after the head tag. Then click “Save Settings.” (I highly recommend backing up your header.php file before editing it)
If you aren’t running WordPress, simply place the meta tag into the header section of your website.
Now back in Yandex, click on the “Check” button.
Now we will add your sitemap file. Click into the “Indexing Options” and then into “Sitemap files.” Enter in the location of your sitemap file and click on the “Add” button. Your sitemap is most likely located at the root of your URL, example http://brianleejackson.com/sitemap_index.xml.
Just like Google Webmaster Tools and Bing, it will show you a status of the sitemap file. I always recommend waiting a day or so before seeing if your Yandex sitemap was processed correctly. It will show you how many pages/posts have been submitted and then how many are actually indexed. Yandex will now automatically crawl your sitemap file on a regular basis.
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