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Introduction

Setting up Google Search Console is easy. The best and the attractive part of using the tool is that it is free!

Though there are many ways to set up the Google Search Console, you can find the one that works the best for you. 

Tools like Google Search Console are great for website monitoring. It helps to see how Google crawls, indexes, and serves your website. 

Let us see how you can set up Google Search Console and optimize the website’s search performance.

But before that read the blog further to find what is in Google Search Console for you?

Why Google Search Console?

Google Search Console will help you monitor the website traffic, make decisions that push the website in the search, and then optimize ranking. 

homepage of GSC
Source: Google Search Console

Google Search Console is a powerful SEO tool that marketers or digital marketers must use to enhance their digital presence. It assists marketers to bring organic traffic to your website.

Users can elevate the performance of their website using Google Search Console by:

  • Tracking keyword rankings, impressions, click-through rate, organic traffic, and average position. They can capitalize on the low-hanging keywords or less competitive words that can enable you to rank.
  • Knowing about index coverage and confirming that Google crawlers are indexing the web page. 
  • Submitting sitemaps, checking for removals, and disavowing files.
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting Mobile Usability Issues, Core Web Vitals, and Page Experience.
  • Checking security issues that Google has identified.
  • Confirming that Google sees Schema.org markup.
  • Analyzing backlinks, top linked pages, top linking sites, and anchor text distribution.

Knowing that there are too many benefits of Google Search Console. Let us now know how you can set up Google Search Console for your use.

How to Set Up Google Search Console? 

This is how you can set up Google Search Console:

Step 1: Add your website to Google Search Console.

The first step to setting up Google Search Console is to log in to Google Search Console. And then click on “Add Property”.

add property option on GSC
Source: Google Search Console

The tool will then take you to a window that looks like the one below. You will then have to write your domain and or URL prefixes. 

Welcome page of GSC
Source: Google Search Console

After you have entered the domain details, it is time you verify your site.

Though there are more than 5 ways to verify your website, these 3 types are the easiest.

  • CNAME or TXT Record: Under this step, you add a special CNAME or TXT record to your domain settings.
  • HTML File: UPLOAD a unique HTML file to your site.
  • HTML Code Snippet: Simply upload a small snippet code to the <head> section of your homepage code.
Step 2: Set the target country

Set your target country enabling Google to make business easy for you. 

Google will look at these data to decide to identify your target market and then display your website. The data Google considers include:

  • Your ccTLD
  • The server location
  • The country where you get maximum backlinks from
  • The language of your website
  • The address listed on your website

You will make it easy for Google if you set the information about the country.

On the dashboard, you click on Legacy Tools and Reports >> International Targeting.

legacy tools and report option of GSC
Source: Google Search Console

Then click on the “Country” tab.

International targeting option
Source: Google Search Console

Then check the box for the target users in your target country.

target users
Source: Google Search Console

And now select the country from the drop-down menu.

international targeting option
Source: Google Search Console
Step 3: Link your Google Search Console Account with Google Analytics

Now in step 3, you will have to link your Google Search Console Account with Google Analytics. 

Open Google Analytics, and then click on the “Admin” button at the bottom left menu.

admin option of GSC
Source: Google Analytics

Then from Admin>> click on “Property Settings”.

property settings option of GSC
Source: Google Analytics

Scroll down the page. And click on “Google Search Console”. 

adjust search console option
Source: Google Analytics

Click on “Add” and Scroll down until you find your website. Once done hit “Save”.

add search console property option
Source: Google Analytics
save search console property option
Source: Google Analytics

Hey! Your Google Search Console and Google Analytics Accounts are now linked.

Step 4: Check for security issues. 

Check your website for security issues so that it does not hurt your website’s SEO. See what report Google Search Console creates and then fix the issues. 

security issues option
Source: Google Search Console
Step 5: Add XML Sitemap

If your website is big and has several pages, it is important that you submit an XML sitemap. You can use Yoast or www.yoursite.com/sitemap.xml to create a sitemap. 

You can hit the “Sitemap” button and submit it in Google Search Console.

sitemaps option
Source: Google Search Console

Paste your URL in the space provided and hit submit.

add new sitemap
Source: Google Search Console

Setting up Google Search Console might have looked complex to you but it is not. Use the free-web tool to utilize the strength and improve your site’s performance.

Google Search Console Set-Up On WordPress, Blogger, and Google Sites

You may also verify your website on WordPress. Two plugins that you can use in WordPress to verify the site are  All-inOne SEO and Yoast SEO.

Ways to set up Google Search Console on WordPress

Step 1: Again create a Google Search Console Account and add a URL-prefix property as shown above also.

Step 2: Repeat the step of copying the HTML tag.

Step 3:

  1. If using Yoast SEO, go to SEO >> General. Then hit “Webmaster Tool”. Then paste your HTML tag on the Google Verification code and then hit “Save Changes”.
webmaster tool
  1. When using All-in-One SEO, go to “General Settings”. Paste the HTML tag into the field for Google Webmaster Tools and then hit “Update”.
general setting of all in one SEO

Step 4: Verify the account on Google Search Console.

Ways to use Google Search Console on Blogger or Google Sites.

Step 1: Log in to your account and verify it with HTML Tag.

Step 2: Use the dashboard to view analytics and reports.

Conclusion

Google Search Console is a tool that is exclusively dedicated to improving the website’s search performance. You do not have to monitor the website daily in Google Search Console because the tool is smart enough to notify you asap when it spots any error or loopholes in the website. 

Google Search Console is the right way to improve factors that affect ranking, produce high-quality content, and drive organic traffic. 

If you are looking for quick growth in the website’s organic traffic, it is important you align your resources and strategies. Work on the technical SEO using the Google Search Console tool. 

We can help you in monitoring the website’s performance and generate reports. You can reach out to us at hello@noboruworld.com.

For in-depth information on Google Search Console have a look at our blog: Complete Guide On Google Search Console In Just 30 Minutes!

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