The Google Search console, formally known as Google Webmaster Tools, is a free tool you can use to connect your website with Google to see how the search engine is reacting with your website. It will show you how certain pages are ranking, and it will also show you how often your pages are being clicked with website queries.
Signing up is easy to do, and you can add your website to Google Webmaster Tools within minutes.
Follow Further steps to Add Your site to Google Webmaster Tools:
1. Go to the Google Search Console, and sign into your Google account. If you don’t have a Google account, you will have to create one to use it.
2. Once you’re logged in, look for the large red button in the upper right-hand corner that says “add a property.” You will want to click this.
3. Once you click on this button, it will prompt you to add your website. Type your website’s URL in the box. Once done, click on the blue “Add” button to continue.
4. Next, Google will ask you to verify your website, and it’s important you do so because if you don’t, the search console won’t work. To verify your property, you have two options: the recommended method or alternative method. The easiest way, especially if you have a WordPress SEO plugin is by using the “HTML tag” option under the alternative methods. The verification method will depend on your setup, which can be explained in detail below.
How to Verify Your Website Using a WordPress SEO Plugin
a. Under alternative methods, click the “HTML tag” button, and a piece of code will pop up that starts with “meta name=google-site-verification,” followed by “content =.” You’re going to want to copy the code after the equal sign.
b. Once the code is copied, you will want to log into your WordPress dashboard and look for the SEO settings on the left-hand sidebar. Click this and scroll down to the webmaster section to paste this unique key in the Google Webmaster Tools field. Save your changes and go back to the console to see if the verification worked.
How to Verify Your Website Using FTP
a. To verify via FTP, you will want to click the recommended method tab. Here, you should see an HTML file you can download to your computer. Simply click this file, download it locally to your company and proceed to upload it to your domain’s root FTP folder.
b. Once uploaded, click the verify button on your dashboard, and if it was uploaded correctly, you should see a success message.
5. Add Your XML Sitemap
The last thing you will want to do is add your XML sitemap. If you’re unsure how you can create one, you can create one for free by using XML-sitemaps.com. Once you add your sitemap, it may take a while before Google starts to process your website’s data.
This is all you will need to do to add your website to Google Webmaster Tools. Once the data starts to come in, you can use this to your advantage for your SEO efforts.