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How to Add Your WordPress Site to Google Search Console

How to add your WordPress site to Google Search Console

Google Search Console is a collection of tools and resources to help website owners, webmasters and SEO professionals monitor website performance in the Google search index. Google does not change its product name frequently as Microsoft but this product from Google is odd out of them. It has changed its name two times from its lunch and they are “Google Webmaster Central” and “Google Webmaster Tools”.

After installation of my WordPress site I added few articles to it but while searching my website on Google it was not searchable. It made me upset so that I took the help of Google what is its actual reason? I found that Google or any search engine they need instruction which helps them to crawl your website. This is also true any search crawler like Google and Bing  it finds new websites automatically and add them into their indexing list but if you want full control on it then you need to take different direction from the mass. Google Search Console is about how Google crawls, analyses and indexes of your website. If you will search randomly on Google about SEO tools you will get tons of article which  tells about  many different kind of services or tools or plugins which can enhance your SEO but I personally believe Google Search Console is the best tools ever. It helps you to discover problems which might hurt your ranking or other user experience.

In this article I am going to explain how you can add your WordPress site to Google Search Console. Follow below step by step process:

Step 1: Go to Google Search Console website click on search console button.

Click on search console button
Click on search console button

Step 2: A new windows appear where you need to click on sign in button which is located on right corner as mentioned below illustration.

Click on sign in button from right corner
Click on sign in button from right corner

Step 3: After login into your google account you will see Search Console interface will allow  you to add your website URL.

After sign in Search Console UI
After sign in Search Console UI

Step 4: Enter your website URL and hit “Add a property” button.

After adding your website URL, hit on Add A Property button
After adding your website URL, hit on “Add A Property” button

Step 5: Once you clicked on “Add a property” button it would take you to new window where you have two options.

  • Recommended method
  • Alternate methods

Under Alternate methods you have four options and they are as follows

  • HTML file upload
  • HTML tag
  • Google Analytics
  • Google tag manager
Alternate method to verify your website
Alternate method to verify your website

For this article I am going use recommended method to verify my WordPress site for Google Search Console. If you wish you can go with alternate methods but from my point of view recommend method is less time consuming.

Recommended method to verify your website
Recommended method to verify your website

Step 6: Once you enter your website address in previous step as explained, it automatically detect your domain name provider. In my case  its Godaddy.com. Now go to your domain name provider login page and sign in to your account.

Sign in to your Godaddy account
Sign in to your Godaddy account

Step 7: Now I am under Godaddy interface, your interface might looks different according to your domain name provider. If  you are using Godaddy as mine then click on DNS button.

Click on DNS
Click on DNS

Once  you click on DNS button, it would redirect to a new window where you need to click on “add”.

Click on ADD
Click on ADD

After clicking Add, small window would expand where you need to provide values as below illustration.

Click on save button
Click on save button after entering respective values

For Type – TXT, Host – @, TTL- 1 Hour and for TXT Value you need to go back on Google Search Console page and copy “Google-site-verification” text string and paste it under it.

Copy this line and paste it under TXT value field
Copy this line and paste it under TXT value field

Step 8: If everything looks good as I have explained and you have followed me then click on verify button.

Click on verify button
Click on verify button

Now you will see a congratulation message as below.

Click on continue button
Click on continue button

Click on continue button which will redirect to Google Search Console dashboard.

Search Console UI after adding your site to it
Search Console UI after adding your site to it

 

New Search Console UI link
New Search Console UI link
You can see there is no enough data reflecting under its dashboard so that allows five to ten days of time then you can see  data would populate under its dashboard.

Recently, Google has introduced a new user interface for Google Search Console. If you want to try it out then click on “Try the new Search Console” link.

It will take you to the new interface of Google Search Console. I hope you have successfully added your WordPress site into Google Search Console. If you have faced any issues then you can drop me your question under comment section or catch me on Twitter.

 

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Sunil Pradhan

Sunil is a front-end developer, illustrator and an online entrepreneur. He is the founder of "Hello Sunil" where he shares his love of technology with the world. He loves to write technical how-tos and tutorials. He is open minded and willing to explore beyond his knowledge.

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