HOW TO ADD WEBSITE TO SEARCH CONSOLE
Adding website and xml sitemap
What is Google Search Console?
Google Search Console is a collection of tools and resources to help website owners, webmasters, web marketers and SEO professionals
monitor website performance in the Google search index. How to add website to search console.
Features include information about search appearance, search traffic, technical status updates, crawl data and additional educational resources.
Google Search Console was formerly known as Google Webmaster Central and then Google Webmaster Tools until taking the current name in 2015.
Google wants to connect the dots between your website (or app) and you, so first you must log in to your Google account.
You can sign in through Gmail, Google+, or anywhere you have a Google account.
If you don’t have a Google account, you must set one up. Go to Google.com and click Sign in.
Then choose to Create an account and complete the form. (Bonus: You now have access to Gmail and all other Google applications.)
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:
<meta name=”google-site-verification” content=”VerificationKeyCode” />
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.
Once you have successfully added your sitemap, it will appear as pending.
It will take Google some time to crawl your website.
After a while, you would be able to see some stats about your sitemap.
Visit Google Webmaster tools often, at least once a month.
As your site gets older you will start seeing more and more useful data about your website and how it is seen by the search engine.
This information can help you learn how well your site is doing and what other things you can do to improve its performance in search engines.
That’s all you need to do to add your WordPress site to Google webmaster tools.
Once your data starts coming in, you can use it to your advantage.
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