Integrating with Google Search Console

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

Head over to Google Search Console and log in with your Google account. If you don’t have a Google account you can sign up here.

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/

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

Take the text and copy/paste it into your Carrot site under the SEO tab in the Webmaster Meta section at the bottom. You should have everything copied from the meta tag area. Remove everything except what is in parenthesis where you see content=”xxxxx” Paste that in your Google Search Console Verification Code box.

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.

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*Optional* Connect Search Console And Analytics

Now, we need to go back to our Google analytics and link up our Google Search Console account.

On the left sidebar go to Acquisition Tab > Search Engine Optimization and click Set Up Google Search Console Data Sharing.

Once you click you will be redirected to a page where you must scroll to the bottom, and find the “Adjust Search Console” button.

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Next, click the edit button.

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Choose your site and click Save

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*Optional* Access Your SEO Keyword Data!

Now when you go back to Acquisitions Tab > Search Console > Queries you should see many of the keywords that people are typing into Google to find your website that was hidden from Google Analytics before.