Introduction to Google Search Console

If you want your website to be found on the Internet the first things most people will say is get on Google.

Google wants great content found via their search engine, so they provide education and tools to help, for free!

One of these tools is simply called Google Search Console (previously known as Google Webmaster Tools) and this a great tool for any website owners toolbox.

A common thing you can do is set a crawl delay for Google so they don’t slam your site with requests.

This article covers:

Google Search Console Resources

First things first, there is the Google Search Console landing page, where it’s clearly mentioned:

“You want to be found on the web. We want to help.”

google search console google search console landing page

You can access the Google Search Console which we’re talking about in this article.

There is also Google Search Console Education that explains how Google Search works, and how to rank well.

Finally there is the Google Search Console Support where you can learn even more and fix problems.

To get started, click on the SEARCH CONSOLE button, or go to the Google Search Console Sign In page.

Google Search Console provides insight for your site

With Google Search Console you’ll have access to detailed reports about how Google sees your website.

With Google Search Console, you ensure Google can find your website, and it shows up for the right search queries.

You can see errors on your site, other sites that link to you, how often your pages show up in Google search results and their position, as well as how many times they are clicked on, and more.

Google also scans your site for malware and problems and sends you an email alert with anything important.

The video below explains this all and should be in your Google Search Console Dashboard as well:

To get going, you just need to sign up for a Google account, then add and verify a site.

Sign up for or log in to Google Search Console

You’ll need a Google account to access Search Console, so either sign up for one, or login with a current one.

google search console sign in to gsc

ClickSIGN IN to be navigated to the login page. You can either login to your existing Google account or create one using the “More options” link.

Add and verify a site with Google Search Console

Google won’t let you just see any website’s data, so add one and verify you own it first to get information.

For the rest of this article I’ll be using the fictional website for our examples.

Add your property (website’s URL) to Google Search Console

google search console add property to gsc

Enter your site then click ADD A PROPERTY

Verify your site with Google

google search console click on download html verification file

Step 1
Click the Download this HTML verification file link

webmaster tools update drag google html verification file to ftp

Step 2
Upload the verification file to your website with FTP

google search console google verification file in browser

Step 3
Confirm the verfication file is there via your browser

google search console click on verify

Step 4
Finally, click on the CAPTCHA and then click on VERIFY to complete the process

google search console ownership verified click continue

Step 5
Congrats, your site is verified! Click Continue.

Google Search Console Dashboard

You should now finally be presented with the Google Search Console dashboard!

This is the same dashboard you’ll see everytime you log in to your Google Search Console

google search console initial gsc dashboard

Because we just added our site, it will take some time before Google reports data to us in the dashboad.

google search console links to your site

The left hand menu gives different insights like Links to Your Site

google search console top right settings cog

The settings cog at the top-right allows access to other settings

There is a lot of stuff to do in the Google Search Console dashboard. We will cover that in additional articles.

Stormy Scott
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Stormy is a Content Marketing Writer at InMotion Hosting. Her content focus is WordPress, web design, and help articles for small businesses.

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Thoughts on “Introduction to Google Search Console

    • Hello Panna,

      Once you find your keyword you will need to start optimizing your page in order to rank. There are many different things to consider but there are many sites out there to assist you. Google itself even has tips on improving your site’s ‘SEO’. Just as important as knowing what to do is knowing what NOT to do. By far the most important thing to Google is quality content.

      Kindest Regards,
      Scott M

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