Update: Now you can login to your blog’s dashboard. Click on Tools/Tools. From there you can put in your Yahoo’s authentication key in the text field. Make sure hit Save Changes to save it. Enjoy!
In my previous post, How to Add Google Sitemap to WordPress.com Blog?, I talked about how you can submit a Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools. Yahoo! Site Explorer has similar service too. If you are interested, type your URL (World Wide Web address) in the text field and click on Add My Site button. This will lead you to Yahoo! Sign UP page. From there, you have two choices. If you already have a Yahoo! account, then you may just sign in; if you don’t have a Yahoo! account, then you have to sign up one here.
Once you are inside, you can see that your URL has been added. Now you have two options to authenticate your blog there:
- By uploading a verification file to my site or
- By adding a META tag to my home page.
Since you know you can’t add a META tag to your home page if you own a WordPress.com blog like me. That is because you don’t have privileges to access to your home page’s HTML file. Therefore you have to click on option 1. It will lead you to a dropdown list where it lists three steps that you can follow:
- Download an authentication key (DO NOT change the file name or content):If you have a problem with downloading the authentication key, please create a text file named y_key_82890f6bb720e757.html, and put the string 82890f6bb720e757 into the file.
- Upload the verification file to your site.Please upload the key file that you downloaded, or created yourself, at the root level of your site directory. The expected file path is http://www.visualmathmetics.com/y_key_f7f6b803b02a7678.html.
- When the file is uploaded, please click the button below to let us know that the authentication key is in place. We will authenticate your site within 24 hours.Ready to Authenticate
So now you have to login to your WordPress.com dashboard and create a new page from Pages/Add New. You can name whatever title you want, but make sure its permalink looks like this: http://yoursitename.wordpress.com/y_key_82890f6bb720e757.html; and make sure you replace yoursitename with your own site name and y_key_82890f6bb720e757.html with your own authenticate key. Finally come back to Yahoo! Site Explorer and click on the button Ready to Authenticate to authenticate your blog.
It will show you a new page telling you whether your site is authenticated or not. If it is, then congratulations! You just successfully submitted your site to Yahoo!. Make sure you check back to your Yahoo! Site Explorer regularly. It will report back to you if anything goes wrong.
Would you like to submit your WordPress.com blog to Yahoo!? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.
Update: You can keep the new page you’ve created privately once it is authenticated. Keep in mind that you need to authenticate it again if you see failed button showing up on the status of your blog/website.