Learn how to add your WordPress site to Google Search Console (previously Google Webmaster Tools) to get found on the web.
To add your WordPress site to Google Search Console, You need to know two things:
- What is Google’s Search Console?
Google Search Console is a free service offered by Google that helps you monitor and maintain your site’s presence in Google Search results. You don’t have to sign up for Search Console for your site to be included in Google’s search results, but doing so can help you understand how Google views your site and optimize its performance in search results. Via Google.com
- The Benefits of Adding Your WordPress Site to Google Search Console:
Since Google is the source of free organic traffic for your site, which everyone seeks to get it. So adding your WordPress Site to Google’s Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools) will help you to Know what is going on your website, and how to optimize your site for search engines, To get that free organic traffic for your Site.
In Other words, Using Google Webmaster tool for your WordPress site, gives you important SEO information about: what’s getting indexed, what’s getting linked, and what’s getting traffic.
Before adding your WordPress site to Google Search Console:
- You must have a Google account in order to add your WordPress site to Google Search Console.
- In this tutorial, We will Use the Most popular WordPress Yoast SEO plugin, Which allows you to connect your WordPress site to Google Search Console. (Read our Guide on How to Install and Setup WordPress Yoast SEO Plugin).
Now Let’s start with this beginner’s guide to add your WordPress site to Google Search Console using WordPress Yoast SEO Plugin:
Sign into your Google account and Add a property:
Go to Google Search Console (former Google Webmaster Tools), sign into your Google account, then add your website’s URL and click on Add a property button to add your website.
Verify the ownership of the website:
On the next page, you will be asked to verify the ownership of the website you are adding. There are different Methods to do that, Here we will use the meta tag Method, Which you can find it under the Alternate Methods, this Method will provide you with a meta tag code to add it into your site’s home page.
By using WordPress Yoast SEO Plugin, you only need to copy the verification code (a part of the meta tag, see image above), then go to your WordPress Admin Dashboard, Scroll down and go to SEO >> General Settings >> Webmaster Tools Tab, Now paste the Code in the Google Webmaster Tools field, Save your changes and go back to Google Search Console website to verify your website. Done! Congratulations!