How to Add Your Website to Google Search Console

How to Add Your Website to Google Search Console

In this article, we will show you how to add your website to Google Search Console.

Adding your website to Google Search Console is an essential part of monitoring your SEO progress and alerting yourself of any potential issues with your site that could be affecting your SEO.

Over the next few days, we will be setting up essential tools that will allow us to get a baseline of our traffic and track our progress over time.

We want to make sure that we can see progress and make data-informed decisions as we move forward.

For each of our tips, I will try to keep things as simple as possible.

If you have any questions,  I have included related links at the bottom of the article and make sure to head over to our Facebook Group.

How to Add Your Website to Google Search Console

1 – Head over to https://search.google.com/search-console

2 – You’ll need to have a Google email account and depending on your history with Google Search Console (GSC), you’ll see either a page where you can click to get started or you will see a page like this:

How to add your website to Google Search Console

*Note – If you already have other sites set up click on the domain name drop-down in the top left of your screen and then click “+ Add property “

3 – I try to use the “Domain” property type. If you are taking this course, I would recommend that. The one catch is that you need to have access to your DNS settings to do this. If you don’t, then you can use the “URL prefix” method.

If you are using the Domain property type, you can enter your domain here and click Continue

4 – Google will check your property and then give you a DNS record to add. Keep this page open and then open a new tab. It should like something like:

5 – Sign in to your domain name provider (I’m using Namecheap) and navigate to the area where you can create a TXT record.

When you create the TXT record, your value will be what Google gives you and your “Host” will be “ @ “

6 – Once your new record is created, head back over to Google Search Console and click “Verify”

Note that it may take a few minutes to even hours for the  DNS records to take effect. So if it doesn’t work right away, don’t worry. Try again a little later. If after 24 hours it still is not working, then you will need to look a bit further into it.

Alright!  There you have it. It will take a few days for data to begin coming into search console, so, for now, you can leave it. Check back in a few days and should see some data there.

Other resources for setting up Google Search Console

Google’s Own Guide

Hubspot’s Guide

Cognique’s Guide

And, as always, feel free to post questions over on the Facebook group.

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