Google Search Console is a free tool from Google. It helps Google understand that the website owner is you, informing you of the indexing process and error detection, making the website index faster when adding sitemap.
And in particular, you can track the search volume, see what keywords your visitors search on your site, click / impression ratio, and much more.
You just finished a website. So how to Verify your site ownership with Google Search Console so Google can understand that your website? Here are some ways to help you verify your WordPress website.
Add Your Website To Google Search Console
First, go to Google Search Console, sign in to your Gmail account. Then click Add A Property to add the website:
Then enter your website and then click Continue:
So you have successfully added the site to Google Search Console, but you will see it will display a message asking you to prove you are the owner of the website as shown below.
How authentic I will guide you right below.
Method 1: Use HTML Tag in conjunction with Yoast SEO.
This is probably the simplest way to verify your website with Google Search Console. When choosing an authentication method, you may see an HTML tag option.
Select this option, you will see a code snippet and google will ask you to insert this code into your website’s home page. But many of you will not know where to insert, I will guide you a what that’s a lot easier. Please copy a part of the code, the part that I highlighted in red. (Copy only characters in quotation marks)
Then install Yoast SEO plugin. If you do not know how to install the plugin, see the instructions here. After installation, to enable all hidden features of this plugin, you go to SEO => General => Features and turn on Advanced settings pages and save.
Then you go: SEO => General => Webmaster Tools. In the Google Search Console, enter the code snippet, then click Save Changes
Finally, you return to the Google Webmaster Tools verifying, click Verify:
Successfully, you can press continue to enter the Search Console interface:
If you have succeeded in this way do not need to follow the way below (Or just refer to). If you do not succeed in method 1, use the following alternatives.
Verify directly with the domain name provider
This is a faster way. Back to the Google form of authentication, Google recommends you to verify immediately with the domain name provider.
You choose the provider who you purchased the domain from. For example, I bought a domain in Godaddy, then select Godaddy and click Verify.
A Godaddy login window will appear and you will be able to log in to your Godaddy account. (I do on Godaddy, other domain providers will be similar because not everyone buys domain in Godaddy.) You enter the username and password and then click Secure Login:
After logging in, an access confirmation will appear, and you can click Accept:
The authentication process starts, and you can see a bar running like this:
After the program finishes, you will see a message as shown below, click Continue to finish the authentication, so that is done.
Upload the Google HTML file to the website directory
Assuming your domain is not in the Google supported list of services like method 2. In Recommend method tab, it will show a different way to verify… That is download the HTML file to the computer and then manually upload to the host, into the main directory of the website:
Google will guide you in 4 steps, I will guide you specifically to perform these 4 steps. First click on the link in step 1 to download the html file of google and save to your computer (Save it somewhere you like or save the desktop for fast, when the authentication is done then you delete)
Next you go to hosting, go to Cpanel (this tutorial I default your hosting has Cpanel, the other hosting will give you FTP account in another way), then go to the FTP Account.
Below you will see the Special FTP Accounts section, where you click Configure FTP Client to get some information:
- FTP Username
- FTP Sever (Fill in the Host section of Filezilla software)
- FTP & explicit FTPS port
Download the Filezilla software and install it on your computer, open it and select Site Manager as shown below to add a connection account.
Click on New Site, name the site to complete it, fill in the following information on the right:
- Host: The IP address of the host (you will see in the left column of Cpanel) or you enter the main domain of the host (The FTP Sever section at the top)
- Logon Type: Select Normal
- User: Get in the login column at the previous step
- Password: Password Cpanel
If the connection succeeds then it will display the status line as shown below:
After successful connection, Filezilla will be split into two, the left is the files in your computer (Local Site), the right is the files in your hosting (Remote Site).
On the right (Remote site), you access your WordPress directory, usually in the public_html folder.
Once you get into the WordPress directory, you do the operation in the left column (Local Site). Navigate to the Google html file that you downloaded earlier, right-click on the site and select Upload. Google’s html file will be uploaded to the WordPress installation directory on your hosting.
Now go back to the Google website authentication tutorial, click on the link in step 3
If this link runs successfully then you have done the right thing, if you do not run then you are wrong, please check again. If ok then click Verify to finish the authentication process
So you know three basic ways to validate your website with Google Search Console, but there are two more ways:
- Verify with Google Analytics: Sign up for Google Analytics for your website, add Google Analytics tracking code to your website (many themes have Google Analytics section for you to insert the tracking code into). Or copy the Google Analytics code into your website. Then go back to Google Webmaster Tools for authentication.
- Verify with Google Tag Manager: Sign up for Google Tag Manager for your website, then copy the code to the website’s body tag, go back to Google Search Console for authentication to succeed.
These two methods are not too difficult, you can practice the test, as a backup method. The first three are the simplest 3 and are always recommended for first use.
This verification is not to be missed when you make a new website, make sure you have successfully completed this authentication step. Wish you have more interesting knowledge.
If you have successfully validated your website, follow this guide to Create a Sitemap for a WordPress website!