HOW TO ADD WEBSITE TO SEARCH CONSOLE
Adding website and xml sitemap
What is Google Search Console?
How to add a website to the search console.
Google Search Console Set Up.
Adding a site to the Search Console is a very simple process. First, log into your Search Console account. Once you’re logged in, you’ll see a box next to a red button which says “Add Property”.
Enter the URL of the site you’re trying to add in the box and click “Add Property.”
Congratulations, your site is now added to your Search Console account!
Next, you will be asked to verify your site.
There are a few different ways you can go about this.
Which method will work best for you depends on whether or not you have experience working with HTML if you have access to upload files to the site,
the size of your site,
and whether or not you have other Google programs connected to your site?
If this sounds overwhelming, don’t worry—we’ll help you figure it out.
Note: If you already have at least one property set up, you will see that display instead of the URL entry shown below.
To add another website or app, just click the Add a Property button and then enter the new site’s URL.
You can either upload an HTML file to your website’s root directory using FTP
or click on an Alternate method to obtain a meta tag which you can then add to your WordPress site.
To easily add the meta tag to your website you can install and activate our Insert Headers and Footers plugin.
Copy the meta tagline provided by webmaster tools which will look something like this:
Now go to Settings » Insert Headers and Footers and paste the meta tagline into the header field.
Save your changes and go back to Google Webmaster tools website and click on Verify site button.
You will see a notice like “Congratulations you have successfully verified your ownership of www.yoursite.com”.
Click continue to see webmaster tools dashboard for your site.
Once you have verified your website, the next thing you would want to do is to add your XML sitemap. Don’t have a sitemap or not sure what is a sitemap?
What are XML sitemaps?
You want Google to crawl every important page of your website, but sometimes pages end up without any internal links pointing to them, making them hard to find.
An XML sitemap lists a website’s important pages, making sure Google can find and crawl them all,
and helping it understand your website structure:
After verifying and click continue. On the next screen, you will see Sitemaps column with no sitemaps in it.
Clicking on it will take you to a Sitemaps page where you can add your sitemaps.
Click on the red button labeled “Add/Test Sitemap” and provide the URL of your sitemap.
The main sitemap is sitemap_index.xml which contains the link to your other sitemaps.
You can either submit sitemap_index.xml alone or submit all other sitemaps one by one.
We recommend submitting sitemap_index.xml alone, Google will then automatically discover other sitemaps and crawl them.
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