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.
Go to Yandex Webmaster Tools, sign into your Yandex account and click the plus sign button to add your website.
Add Your Domain:
Type your website’s URL in the box and click the yellow button to continue.
Copy The Verification Code:
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 content part of the markup, as per the image below.
Login To Your Wordpress Website:
When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’. On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘SEO’.
Enter Your Verification Code:
Click on the ‘Webmaster Tools’ tab and add the code under ‘Yandex Webmaster Tools’. Click ‘ Save Changes’.
Check With Yandex:
Switch back to Yandex Webmaster Tools and click ‘Check’. (See image in Step 3).
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.
Note: If Yandex Refuses to Validate:
Write in immediately to email@example.com and provide the complete meta verification html provided by Yandex. Our teams will manually add it to your site header to ensure this connection is made and validated.
Next Step: Submit Your Sitemap to Yandex
Once you have connected your Yandex Verification code, you'll want to submit your XML sitemaps to this search engine similarly to how you submitted them to Google Webmaster Tools. Below is an article that details these steps: