Hi people, I have tried looking for this information all over the internet already, so any advice on this will be greatly appreciated.
I have got a website, let's say website.com and its blog is on wordpress with the address website.com/blog. I use Yoast for the blog and I have submitted my site's sitemap to Google webmasters using xml-sitemaps.com. My question is, do I need to verify my blog which is at website.com/blog separately in webmasters tools?
If this is not needed since I have Yoast, how do I check/verify the changes I have made to my blog have been updated to search engines so that if there is a URL change of a particular post or any other significant change to my blog gets notified to search engines?
I am asking this because I noticed my ranking plummeted after I made changes to my blog. I switched to Yoast a couple months back and updated Title and Description of my old blog entries that were lacking focus word, title, and description under Yoast under each entry. After doing this I saw the number of URLs of my site that were indexed by Google (as per data from SEO Quake) increased from 500 odd to 800 and then after a few days they came back down to 500 odd, but this time with a drastic change in my SERPs.
Any help will be really kind. Many thanks for taking time out to read this.