If you own a website, you’ve surely heard of Google Search Console. This service, formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools, is a free web-based software that allows you to manage your website and improve its performance. Registering your site on Google is a prerequisite for using Google Search Console. Therefore, many people are seeking training on how to register their sites on Google. Recently, Google has unveiled a new Search Console. In this SPY24 article, we plan to teach how to introduce your site to Google Search Console. If you’re looking for a guide on how to Add your site to Google Console, don’t miss this article. READ More: List of Google Algorithms
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In this article, we will review the following topics:
- What is Google Search Console?
- Using Google Search Console in SEO
- A visual guide to registering your site on Google Console
Let’s take a look at how the Search Console works before registering the site and see exactly what it is and what it’s used for!
What is Google Search Console?
Google Search Console is a free software provided by Google. With this service, you can access a set of information that no other service can offer. Although initially known as Webmaster Tools, it has changed to Google Search Console because the company officials believed the former name seemed more technical, which could influence people’s perception of this useful software.
When someone decides to launch a website, they must initially register their site on Google Console. The important point is that Google Search Console can also be used for applications. Therefore, web or app developers can benefit from the statistics and information available on Google Console. Using Google Search Console, you can access precise data about your website and how search engines perceive it. In addition, you will be able to view site errors, check internal or external links, confirm the site’s indexing, and much more. Alongside all of these, you can manage your site better by receiving important notifications through Google Console.
Of course, we cannot overlook the valuable data this software provides about user behavior when using your website. You can accurately and fully examine your website users’ behavior and know how they enter your website. For example, you can see which keyword or phrase they found you on Google search and get your ranking in the search results for the target keyword.
Using Google Search Console in SEO
If you want to improve your performance in Google search results, you should dedicate time to introducing your site to Google and using it to optimize your website. To use Google Console, you don’t need to have high knowledge of coding or familiarity with various programming languages. The only thing you have to do after registering your site in the Google Console is to spend time and review your site’s structure. Improve the sections that are your site’s strengths and correct and strengthen the sections where you are weak. However, to improve the website’s conditions in search results, you must take the following steps in order:
- Register the site on Google Search Console.
- Add or confirm website ownership.
- Study the Search Console guides on how to use it.
- Familiarize yourself with how Google’s search engine works.
- Determine your strategy regarding search engine optimization (SEO).
Visual Training for Registering a Site on Google Console
To register your site on the Google Search Console, you have to go through a series of steps. We will proceed with visual training to register the site in Google Webmaster.
1- In the first step, you need to log into your Google account. To do this, enter the link https://search.google.com/search-console/about in your browser. Then click the Start Now button.
2- At this stage, you must fully enter your website or application address. You can proceed in two ways.
In the first case, you must enter your site address in the box located in the URL prefix section. Then click the Continue button. Remember to enter your site address completely and in the form of http://YourDomain.com. In this way, only the entered URL is registered under the specified protocol. Therefore, you must add subdomains or other protocols separately.
In the second case, enter your domain name again in the box located in the Domain section and then click the Continue button. In this method, there is no need to add other subdomains of the site or other protocols. When registering a site in the Google Console this way, all these subdomains or protocols are also considered for you. As a result, you must enter your site address as YourDomain.com. To register ownership in this way, a DNS record must be used.
3- In the next step, Google needs to make sure that the website or application in question belongs to you. Simply put, your website will be verified. To prove your ownership, you can proceed in several ways. Google’s recommended method is to use an HTML file. But if you can’t use this method, you can use other suggested methods. We will introduce and explain each of these methods below.
Method 1: HTML File
- First, download the file by clicking on the option ‘this HTML verification file.’
- Then, upload the downloaded text file into the Public_html folder of your website.
- At this stage, you can upload this file by going to the File Manager section of your hosting panel.
- Click on the link provided by Google to ensure the file has been copied correctly.
- When you click on the desired link, you will see the content of Google’s text file.
After ensuring the accuracy of the previous steps, click on the ‘Verify’ button, and after a few seconds, you will receive Google’s confirmation.
At this stage, you have successfully registered your website in Google Webmaster.
Method 2: Google Analytics
The second method suggested by AzarOnline for registering the site in Google Search Console is using Google Analytics. Google Analytics is one of the SEO examination tools. To improve your websites, it’s better to know more about website SEO and its importance. AzarOnline has explained how to go about this method as well.
- First, click on Google Analytics.
- Now click on the ‘Verify’ button.
With this simple and quick method, the steps are complete. It should be noted that you must register in Google Analytics beforehand. If you have not registered on this site before, you can try other methods.
Method 3: Domain Name Provider
The third method suggested by AzarOnline to register your site on Google is to use the ‘Domain name provider’ option. If, for any reason, you can’t use the above methods, you can try this one. To use this method, you need to follow the steps below.
- First, select the Domain name provider.
- A text in the console will be shown to you. Copy it.
- Go to the hosting control panel.
- At this stage, you need to define a TXT record.
- Place the text that you had copied before in the DNS configuration box.
- Now go to the website registration page on the Google console and click ‘Verify.’
Method 4: HTML Tag
This method involves entering a meta code into the website heading. In this method of registering a site in Google, Google itself assigns a meta code for your site that you must place before closing the head command in your website source and then clicking on the ‘Verify’ button for your site to be registered in Google Search Console.
Note: If your website is WordPress, you can add this code to your website through SEO plugins such as Yoast. After completing these steps, you go directly to the user panel of Google Webmaster Tools.
Method 5: Using Google Webmaster Tools Tag Manager (Google Tag Manager)
This method of registering a website in Google is similar to the previous example. If the Google Tag Manager code is on your site, you can easily verify your identity.
Note: If your website is WordPress, you can add this code to your website using SEO plugins such as Yoast. After completing these steps, you go directly to the user panel of Google Webmaster Tools.
Method 6: Using DNS record to register a site in Google Console
There is only one way to verify at the domain level, and that is through your DNS provider (or Domain Name System provider). To do this, go to the following page.
First, find your DNS provider in the opened menu. In Iran, you can choose the ‘any DNS provider’ option.
Upon selection, the exact instructions related to your provider will be displayed. In the next step, press the “Copy” button so that the TXT record provided by Google for you is copied.
Once you have copied the TXT, reopen your domain registrar’s website and log into your account.
Go to the list of domains that belong to you and select the domain of your choice for configuration. Find the DNS record management option.
Then you will be directed to the domain management page, where you will see a list of your DNS records. To create a new item, select “Add.” Set the Type to TXT. Under “Host,” type the @ symbol. Set the “TTL” value to 1 hour. Place the TXT record you received from Google in the “TXT Value” field. Then hit “Save.” After adding the TXT record, return to the Google Search Console settings and select “Verify.” (These steps are an example of one of the DNS service providers. Other companies also have similar steps.)
If the steps have proceeded correctly, you should see the following message:
A point to note is that the verification time using this method may be slightly longer compared to previous methods. This is because you are adding all subdomains and other protocols of your site simultaneously. If the registration process does not happen quickly, it is better to wait for a day and try again.
After completing the previous steps and confirming ownership of the site or application, you can log into Google Search Console and benefit from the services provided there. Remember that gathering your website data and displaying it takes some time. For this reason, you need to be patient to see your exact information.
Google Search Console is one of the most important tools you can use for accurate analysis of your website. Therefore, it’s better for websites that aim to grow and progress to introduce their site in Webmaster Tools so they can more accurately evaluate and analyze it. This article has attempted to provide suitable guidance for you regarding site registration in Google Console.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the error:
(You don’t have access to this property. Verify this property or ask a property owner to add you as a user)
Mean when registering a site in Google Search Console?
This error occurs when you don’t have the appropriate access to the website you want to register. It means that:
- You are not the real owner of the website and do not have permission to register it. Only the owner of the website can register it on Google.
- You don’t have access to the website as a user and do not have permission to register it. The owner needs to add you as a user so you can register on the website.
- Maybe the access details (like website address, username, and password) you entered are not correct. Make sure the registered details are correct.
To resolve this issue, you should contact the website owner and ask them to add you as a user of the website so you can register it on Google.
Will our site be displayed on Google three days after registration?
After registering a website on Google, there is no guarantee that your website will be directly displayed in Google search results. Registering a website only helps Google to find and index your site.
After registering a website on Google, Google must find your site, visit it, analyze its content, and determine its suitability for display in search results. This process, known as “crawling” and “indexing,” takes time, depending on Google. Therefore, after registering your website on Google, you cannot expect your website to be immediately displayed in search results. Typically, this process takes between 3 to 7 days for your website to be displayed in Google search results. Therefore, patience is important. After three days from the website registration, you can check its status, and if it is not yet in the search results, consult with the website manager.
How to register our website on Google?
Go to the page webmasters.google.com/tools/submit-url. This page is for registering a website on Google. Enter the address of your website in the URL of your website and click the “Submit” button. In the next step, your website information along with explanations and questions about the type of content and media, will be displayed. Review this information, and if it is correct, click “Submit site.” Now if the information is incorrect or you want more explanations, you can edit or complete them. Then click “Submit site.” If the website information is correct, a message indicating the successful registration of your website on Google will be displayed. Now the Google indexing process begins. Website indexing usually takes several days. During this time, you should wait for your website to be displayed in Google search results.