Is Your Site on the Google Search Console?
Sure, Google scans every site on the internet, but is it really seeing your site? And are the search bots seeing the latest version of your site? There’s a way to control all of this, and it’s called the Google Search Console. And your site needs to be added to it to be effectively found by your target audience in search.
Not sure if your site is submitted to the Google Search Console?
If you’re unsure whether your site has been submitted, click here and input your URL to check. If your site doesn’t have a search console account, you’ll be prompted to start the process to sign up.
Need to submit your site to the Google Search Console? Here’s how:
It all starts with the Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress, which is one of the 4 plugins that every WP site needs. You should already have it installed, activated and configured on your WordPress website. If you don’t, pause now and go do that. Then come back here.
Connect your site to the Google Search Console using Yoast
It’s very easy to add your website to the Google Search Console — it just takes a couple of steps. The Yoast website has a guide to walk you through the process. Access it here.
1. Go to Google Search Console.
Login or click ‘Start Now’, if you are new.
2. Click ‘Add a property’ under the search drop-down.
You can add up to 1000 properties to your Google Search Console account.
3. Enter your website URL in the box and click ‘Continue’.
Please make sure you enter your complete URL. For example, if your site is https://yourdomain.com/ it needs to be that exact URL. Don’t forget the / at the end of the URL. If your site uses WWW or is using HTTP you need to add properties for those as well. Google provides multiple ways of getting your site verified and they even suggest adding multiple ways because of security. If you are not sure what your site has, please speak with your host provider.
4. Click the arrow next to ‘HTML tag’ to expand the option.
There are several ways to verify your site, but we’ve made it easy for you. We only need to get the authorization code so we can paste it in Yoast SEO.
5. Copy the meta tag.
Highlight the entire meta tag code. Right click on the highlighted tag and click on ‘Copy’ or use the copy shortcuts ctrl-c on Windows or cmd-c on Mac.
6. Log in to your WordPress website.
When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.
7. Click on ‘SEO’.
On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘SEO’.
8. Click on ‘General’.
The ‘SEO’ settings will expand providing you with additional options. Click on ‘General’.
9. Click on the ‘Webmaster Tools’ tab.
This page has all the fields to past the verification codes for the various webmaster tools.
10. Paste the code in the Google field and click “Save Changes”.
11. Go back to Google Search Console and click ‘Verify’.
Congratulations! You’ve connected your website to Google Search Console! Now that you’ve verified and linked your site, you can submit your sitemap. Not to mention all the other cool stuff that’s Search Console capable of!