“Google Search Console” is useful on a micro level if you want to see how many visitors came to your site from month to month or if you want to know your high or low impression posts.
In this guide, we will discuss in detail how to use Google Webmaster Tools Searchconsole to get more search traffic for your website.
What is the Search Console?
‘Google Webmaster Tools’ “Search Console” is a free platform for anyone with a website to see how Google views their site and optimizes its organic presence. Including your referring domain, mobile site performance, rich search results, and highest-traffic queries and page viewing.
How to set up google search console.
- First, sign in to your Google account or Gmail. (Use business ID in case of a business).
- Go to the Google console home page.
- Click “Add Property”.
- Select property type
NOTE: If you choose the new Domain option, you only need to add the domain name — so without www or subdomains. This option tracks everything connected to that domain. With the ‘old’ URL prefix option you have to add the right URL, so with ‘https’ if you have an https website and with or without ‘www’. For collecting the right data, it’s important to add the right version:
- Click “Continue”.
- Verify ownership of your website.
Google site verification WordPress user
For WordPress users who use Yoast SEO, they receive the verification code via the HTML tag ‘method:
- Copy HTML Tag Code.
- Click Yoast SEO Plugin general.
- Click on Webmaster Tools Tab within Yoast plugin!
- Paste this code easily in the Google verification section and save changes.
- Return to search console and hit verify.
Verify domain ownership via DNS record GoDaddy Domain
Now Verifying property ownership via GoDaddy Domain DNS Record is easy:
- Select a property type and Continue.
- Choose Goaddy.com as DNS Provider.
- Click Verify or Start Verification.
- Log in to GoDaddy Account.
- Grant permission to GoDaddy for accessing your site details in Search Console. Click on the “Allow Access” button to grant permission.
- Confirm your verification by clicking on the “Yes” button.
- Success message of verification completion will be shown and click on “continue” to go back to your Google Search Console account.
Google site verification BlogSpot user
Hey, you can smile! Now there is no need to add your new blog to google console. Blogger should be added and verified automatically. [Source]
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How to submit the Yoast XML sitemap for your site to Google console.
Here is the step to submit your XML sitemap for “search console google”.
- Go to Yoast plugin General.
- Click on Features Tab within Yoast plugin!
- Make sure your XML sitemap button is on, otherwise click on the button, and save.
- Now go to the dashboard of your search console and click on the sitemap from the menu on the left.
- Click Ad Sitemap Button.
- In the text box, type sitemap.xml or paste. (eg. https://www.ukb190.com/sitemap.xml)
- Click the Submit button.
And that’s it!
Now your “Search Console Google” setup is complete.
How to use Google Search Console?
Once you completed your setup with Search Console there are so many things to know about your site from the ‘SearchConsole’.
Here is the list to use Google Console for the betterment of your site.
1. Know Site Performance
In this tab, Lots of things for you, and these are very important to you and your site. This tab will help you to understand your audience or your site visitor,
Let’s see one by one!
- Average position: Shows you your average position for your keyword ranking in Google.
- Average CTR: CTR indicates how many times your post has been clicked against your post impression. (Value in %)
- Total Impressions: Shows you how often the search engine delivers your site to the customer/visitor against the search query.
- Total clicks: You get to know how many customers/visitors click on a link to your site when the search engine makes your site available.
- Query: Which keyword is sending traffic to your site.
- Pages: Finds out which page is ranking more in front of visitors against the query.
- Countries: In which country you are getting more impressions and click.
- Devices: Find out which device you are getting more impressions from.
- Search appearance: Find out on which version of your site you are getting more impressions (AMP or Web).
- Dates: In this section, you will find how many clicks you get against impressions on a particular day.
What is a query in Google Search Console?
The Google search queries have generated impressions of your website URL in Google’s organic search results. Which is called a query or keyword.
Knowing which queries bring in the most search traffic is definitely useful. Consider optimizing ranking pages for conversions, updating them from time to time so that they maintain their rankings.
Suggested read: Know Top Google ranking factors>>
2. Do URL Inspection
The URL inspection tool provides information about Google’s indexed version of a specific page. Information includes AMP errors, structured data errors, and indexing problems.
As soon as you will click on URL Inspection A row will highlight Enter your specific URL in that and hit enter for Inspection.
For Any Help, you can visit the Google help page!
3. View coverage By Google Console
In this section of your SearchConsole, You will find the report related to:
- How many of your pages have been indexed?
- Which pages are not indexed and why.
- The total number of indexed pages and indexing errors.
4. Identify mobile usability issues
- Click Mobile Usability.
- Make sure “Error” is selected.
- Scroll down to the Details box to learn which Errors are causing mobile usability issues and how frequent they are.
- Double-click on any Error type to see the affected page URLs.
5. Identify external and Internal links
- Click on ‘Link’
- Choose one by one external links and internal links board.
- Click on more to see in detail.
I hope this guide will give you a better idea about the ‘Google Search Console’, now you can easily use the search console.
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