A Beginner’s Guide to Google Search Console

The creation of Google Search Console was created to track the performance of your website. You can get valuable information and insights out of Google Search Console that helps you see which part of your website needs work. This is both a technical and straightforward part of your website, Like any other site with crawl errors that need to be fixed. 

Adding and verifying a site in Google Search Console

If you happen to be a Google console newbie, you’ll have to have a google account before going into all the action. Adding and verifying your site via Search Console shows Google that you either own a place, a webmaster or an authorized user of some sort.

Because anyway, Google’s Search Console provides you with all sorts of necessary and detailed information regarding your site’s performance. It is also noteworthy that Google doesn’t ‘just simply’ hand out that kind of information openly to anyone.

Putting a site to Google’s search console is very easy to do. First, sign in to your Search Console account. Once logged in, you’ll see an open box next to a red button which says “Add Property.”

Place in the  URL of the site you plan  to add in the box, then  click “Add Property.” After that, voila! Your site is now added to your Search Console.

Next, you will be requested for verification regarding your site. There are a few different ways you can do it.

Depending on the method you go for, your knowledge with HTML will matter, questions such as the access to upload files to the site, size of your site, if/or you have any more google apps you use. Despite it sounding overwhelming, just stick along. We’ll help you out! 

Adding an HTML tag

This way of verifying your site is for website owners who have experience working with HTML code.

Go to the Search Console dashboard, click on “Manage Property,” then click  “Verify this property.” If the “HTML Tag” option does not appear close to the “Recommended method,” click on the “Alternate methods” tab, then  select the “HTML tag.” This HTML code will provide for your verification.

Copy the code, then use the HTML editor to open the code via your site’s homepage. Paste the code provided within the <Head> section of the HTML code. If your site happens to have a meta tag or other code in the <Head> section, it won’t matter where the verification code is placed. About the other code, it just needs to be located in the  <Head> section. If your site happens not to have a  <Head> section, you can create one.

After adding the verification code, save and publish the updated code. Open the homepage of your site. View the (your site) source code. By then, your verification code should be visible in the <Head> section.

Once visible on your site’s homepage, go to Search Console, then  click “Verify.” Google will see your site’s code for the verification code. If the code is found, You will receive a notification when your site is verified. If not, Google will send you a list of errors you might have missed to place in.

When verified via Search Console, by all means, do not remove or erase the verification code from your site. Because when removed, this will make your site unverified.

Uploading an HTML file

When using this method, you must be knowledgeable about uploading files to a site’s root directory.

Open the  Search Console dashboard, click on  “Manage site,” then “Verify this site.” If you see that  “HTML file upload” is not listed under the “Recommended method,” you will be able to find it in the “Alternate method” tab.

You will then be asked to download an HTML file. Download it, upload it to the specified location. And by all means necessary, Do not make any changes to the content of the file or the file’s name; the file needs to be the same to avoid any further or later-errors. 

After the HTML file has been uploaded, go back to the Search Console and click “Verify.” to check if it has uploaded correctly, a page will let you know if the site has been verified.

Once you have verified, do not delete the HTML file via your site. This will un-verify your website in the process.

Verifying via domain name provider

Domain name providers are companies that you purchase your domain from or wherever your site is hosted. When verifying your domain name provider, it will prove if you are the owner of the main domain and own all of the subdomains and subdirectories along with it. This is an efficient choice, especially if you’re dealing with a large website.

Go to the Search Console dashboard, click “Manage site,” after that, click “Verify this site.” If you ever happen not to see the “Domain name provider” choice right under the “Recommended method,” Go check under the “Alternate method” tab.

When selecting the  “Domain name provider,” you will be requested to choose your domain name provider through a  list of commonly used providers, like GoDaddy.com. If you don’t see your provider in the list, click “Other” you will then be given instructions regarding how you can create a DNS TXT record for your provider. If the DNS TXT record does not work, you will have to make a  CNAME record instead.

Adding Google Analytics code

If you happen to use Google Analytics (GA) to see the website’s traffic, this would be the least hassle option for you. You will need to check the website’s  HTML code to see if the  GA tracking code is placed correctly within the  <Head> space of your homepage code.

Note: it should not be in the  <Body> section. If your GA code is not located in the <Head> section, you will need to transfer it there for the method to work.

A Beginner’s Guide to Google Search Console

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