Google Search Console. Let’s be fair, it’s a gem of a tool!
Having a problem with a page? Not getting enough traffic? Not seeing your site on Google?
Google Search Console is always my first stop for diagnosing any potential problems with my indexing and ranking!
But that’s skipping a few steps. Let’s bring it right back down to the basics.. How do we get this thing working?
Now, the method I’m going to be using is specific to WordPress and even more specific to Yoast.
So if you’ve got a WordPress website, and you’ve got Yoast installed and you’re still asking the question, “How do I set up Google Search Console?” then fear no more! Spoonfed SEO is here for you!
Step 1: Create Your Account
As with the setup of any new tool, generally the first thing you’re going to need to go is create your account!
So head on over to Google Search Console, formerly known as Webmaster Tools and create your account!
Step 2: Create Your First Property
When you sign in first, you’re going to be met with this screen:
Now for this verification method, we are going to select the option on the right and paste in your websites URL into the box and press continue.
Next, you will be asked to verify your ownership of the website. You will see several drop down menus for:
- HTML Tag
- Google Analytics
- Google Tag Manager
- Domain Name Provider
What you’re going to need to do is select the HTML Tag drop down and copy the long code under “content” as shown below:
Step 3: Authorisation
Next, you’re going to log into your sites WordPress Admin panel. From here, go to Yoast and click on “General”, click “Webmaster Tools” in the top tabs and paste the code you just copied into the Google Verification box, like so:
Save those changes and Bipity Bopity Boo, that’s your site verified with Google Search Console!
If you have the Global Site Tag installed on your site for Google Analytics, or you have Google Tag Manager installed on your site, then verification is as simple as ensuring you are logged into either platform at the same time as trying to verify your site.
Google will recognise the Google account and verify your site there and then.
Lastly, another method for WordPress users, when you’ve set up your Google Search Console property and get to the verification stage, head into your WordPress dashboard, hover over Yoast and click on “Search Console” and click “Get Google Authorization Code”.
This will take you to log into your Google Account and select the appropriate property from Google Search Console. It will then generate a code for you. Just copy that and paste it in as so:
So there you have it folks! Another Spoonfed SEO guide, answering the questions you’re either too afraid to ask your boss or other sites just can’t be bothered to answer for you!
As always, if you have a question that we haven’t covered, head on over to our contact page and let us know! We’ll be sure to answer your question or even dedicate an entire Spoonfed guide specifically to you!
‘Till next time folks!