Verifying your site(s) with Google helps your SEO as well as builds your digital footprint to get you more visibility. It is a powerful tool for your site and helps you gauge how it performs on Google’s search results. Below are some of the main features that you’ll receive from setting up your google search console.
Improve your performance on Google Search
Search Console tools and reports help you measure your site’s Search traffic and performance, fix issues, and make your site shine in Google Search results
Optimize your content with Search Analytics
See which queries bring users to your site. Analyze your site’s impressions, clicks, and position on Google Search.
Get your content on Google
Submit sitemaps and individual URLs for crawling. Review your index coverage to make sure that Google has the freshest view of your site.
Get alerted on issues and fix your site
Receive email alerts when Google identifies issues on your site. See which URLs are affected by these issues and tell Google when you’ve fixed them.
Understand how Google Search sees your pages
The URL Inspection tool provides detailed crawl, index, and serving information about your pages, directly from the Google index.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Sign Into Google Search Console
Step 2: Add Your Domain
Add your website to your Google Search Console account by inserting your domain and clicking add property. Your domain should be added in the form of https://www.yourdomainhere.com/
🚨 Please make sure www is included in your domain when adding it to the search console. It will throw errors your way if you do not add www.
Add Your Website To Search Console – Enter your website in the “URL prefix” box
Step 3: Verify Site Ownership
You will be asked to verify a piece of code on your site to prove you are the owner of it. There are a few ways you can verify that you own the website. We’ll be using the HTML meta tag option to verify your domain. Choose to verify your ownership via HTML tag. Then click the “copy” button for the google-site-verification section.
Step 4: Paste the Metatag on Your Site
Copy the meta tag from the HTML tag section in Google. Paste the meta tag in your site’s Google Search Console Verification Code setting. This can be found under your site’s Content > SEO > SEO Settings.
Once the code is pasted, you want to remove the HTML part of the code. This means you only want to include what’s listed in the bolded section, <meta name=”google-site-verification” content=”THIS IS THE CONTENT YOU WANT TO KEEP“>, no quotations around the text.
Step 5: Verify in Google Search Console
Head back to Google Search Console and click the verify button. You will see the screen below if all’s setup correctly. Once you have verified the code correctly you will be able to see your site when you log in to Google Search Console.