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Yandex is the leading search engine in Russia with a local market share of 50.38% (March, 2019). If Russia is an important market for your business or blog, then you should verify your website in Yandex Webmaster Tools so you can keep track of indexing and any other issues that may arise. For this purpose, All in One SEO Pack offers a convenient way to authenticate your website.
First, navigate to Yandex Webmaster Tools and register or log into your existing account.
Once you’re logged in, you should see a “+” button in the navigation bar at the top of the screen. Click the button and then enter the domain name of your website.
You’ll now see a screen where you’re given a few different options to verify your website – Meta tag, HTML file, DNS record and WHOIS.
In order to authenticate your website via All in One SEO Pack, you need to select the “Meta tag” tab and then copy the unique 16 character code that’s between quotes (see screenshot below). Don’t copy the entire tag and don’t copy the double quotes either.
Now let’s head over to your website and go to the “General Settings” menu of All in One SEO Pack. If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see a section called “Webmaster Verification”. Paste the unique code you’ve just copied into the “Yandex Webmaster Tools” field and make sure to update your settings.
Now, go back to Yandex Webmaster Tools and click the “Check” button in the bottom right corner of the screen (see second screenshot). Yandex will crawl your website to confirm that you own the website. This verification process should take less than a minute.
Once your website is verified in Yandex Webmaster Tools, you should take some time to browse through the different menus and see which features Yandex has to offer. You should at least submit the All in One SEO Pack sitemap under “Indexing > Sitemap files” so that Yandex is aware of all your website’s URLs.
This setting was added in version 3.0 of All in One SEO Pack.