Google has rebranded Webmaster Tools as Google Search Console. Although rebranded, it is still a free Google service. According to Google, Search Console “helps you monitor and maintain your site’s presence in Google Search results.” And through the console, you can submit a sitemap to notify Google to crawl your website content.
In this post, you will
- Learn how to set up Search Console
- Connect your WordPress website and the console
- Verify that you are the “owner/manager”
- Manage version of your domain
Begin by Setting up Search Console in Google
1. Sign into Search Console with your Google account. If you don’t have a Google account, you’ll need to create one first.
2. Now, in Search Console, click on Add a Property.
3. Enter the URL of the website without www and click “Add”
4. Click Continue to open the Site verification page. You’ll see 3 tabs at the top of the page Recommended Method, Alternate Methods and History. Click on Alternate Methods.
5. Select the radio button “HTML tag”. A code will pop up. Copy that code and go back to your SEO dashboard.
How to Connect to Google Search Console and Verify Your WordPress Website
The Yoast SEO Plugin now includes Search Console. This new feature allows you to keep track of Google error notifications in WordPress. If you don’t already have Yoast installed, you will need to install and and activate it.
- Open the SEO menu in your site and go to the Dashboard
- Select the Search Console tab
- Paste in your HTML tag
1. How to Connect to Search Console
- Under SEO, now go to Search Console
- Click the Get Google Authorization Code button — A popup window will prompt you to connect the Yoast plugin to your Search Console through your Google account.
- Copy the code, and paste it into the Yoast box
- Click the Authenticate button
- From the drop-down list of Properties select the URL
2. Verify your site
Now you need to switch back to Google Search Console and click ‘Verify’.
Congratulations, you’ve now connected your website with Google Search Console.
Managing Domain Versions in Search Console
First – Add Domain Versions
You will need to add different versions of your domain to search console. Click the Add Property button again as you did above this time add the www version of your URL. Then rinse and repeat to add the https://non-www and https://www. versions.
In the end, you should have four properties for your domain:
Next – Set your preferred domain (www or non-www)
The preferred domain is the version that you want used for your site in the search results. If you don’t specify a preferred domain, Google may treat the www and non-www versions of the domain as separate references to separate pages.
Under Site Settings, choose the version of your domain you prefer.
Then – Create a Property Set
Once you’ve verified all versions of your URL you can create a Property Set by grouping properties together.
- Click on the Create a Set button next to Add a Property.
- Give your set a name
- Add site versions to your set from the existing verified properties in your account
Google’s Search Console is an excellent tool for SEO.
And SEO is a long-term tactic to help you drive more traffic to your site.