How to add your website to Yandex Webmaster Tools

Note: You must have an account with Yandex in order to connect your site to Yandex Webmaster Tools. They require a phone number as part of the verification that you are a real human.

Yoast SEO allows you to connect your website to Yandex Webmaster Tools so you can track how Yandex is crawling your website.

  1. Go to Yandex Webmaster Tools

    Log in, if needed.

  2. Click the plus sign button to add your website.

  3. Type your website’s URL in the box.

  4. Click the yellow ‘Add’ button to continue.

  5. Copy the verification code.

    You will want to use the meta tag under the first tab. Only copy the code that is in the apostrophes after the content part of the markup, as per the image below.

  6. Log in to your WordPress website.

    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’. 

  7. Click on ‘Yoast SEO’.

    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘Yoast SEO’.

  8. Click on ‘Settings’.

    The ‘Yoast SEO’ settings will expand providing you with additional options. Click on ‘Settings’.
    Screenshot of the settings menu item in Yoast SEO

  9. Click on ‘General’ and then ‘Site connections’.

    On the left, you will see the Settings menu. Click the menu item ‘General’ and then go to ‘Site connections’.Screenshot of the 'Site connections' menu item in the Yoast SEO settings.

  10. Paste the code in Yandex input field.

    Paste the code you copied earlier in the input field below ‘Yandex’.Screenshot highlighting the Yandex input field in the site connections menu item in Yoast SEO

  11. Click ‘ Save changes’.

  12. Switch back to Yandex Webmaster Tools and click ‘Check’.

Congratulations! You’ve connected your website to Yandex Webmaster Tools. Now you can use the dashboard tools to submit your sitemap and robots.txt files.

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