Formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools, Google Search Console is a platform for website owners to monitor how Google views their websites and optimize the websites’ organic presence. It is a valuable resource for SEO experts, marketing professionals, designers, app developers, and more.
You can use Google Search Console to find out the number of people visiting your website, how they found it, whether or not you’re getting new visitors, which devices your audience use (desktop or mobile), and the most popular pages on your websites. Also, it can help you identify and fix site errors, create & inspect a robots.txt file, submit site maps, and more.
Here is a simple step-by-step guide to creating a Google Search Console Account. Be sure to log in your Google account (Gmail). If you don’t have one, you can easily sign up for one.
Step 1: Sign up for a Google Search Console Account
Go to https://search.google.com/search-console/about and click ‘Start Now’ to sign up for an account. If you already have a Google Search Console account, just log in.
Step 2: Add your property
Go to Webmaster Tools then click ‘Add a Property.’
From the dropdown menu, choose ‘website’ and enter the URL of your website. Be sure to paste the exact URL just the way it appears in the browser. Then click ‘continue.’
Step 3: Verify your ownership
You can verify that you own your website in different ways. Some of these ways include Google Analytics tracking code, GTM container snippet, domain name provider, and HTML file upload. If you choose to verify through a hosting provider (if listed), follow the following steps.
You can Verify through your cPanel
You can access your cPanel via yourdomain.com/cpanel or your host should have a direct link.
Search for DNS Zone Editor
Click on Manage
Add a TXT Record
Paste your Google Verification record and website name, change the TTL (time-to-live) to 900.
Double check the record has been added. It’s probably at the bottom.
Go back to search console to verify
If your website supports both https:// and http://, add both as different sites. Remember to add each domain. Google will start tracking data for your website once you add it to Google Search Console even before you verify ownership.