How to Verify Your Site in Google Search Console
First things first, what is Google Search Console?
Google Search Console is a free service that helps you monitor and maintain your site's presence in Google Search results. This is where you submit new content for crawling and remove content that you don't want to show up in search results.
To verify your site with Google, follow these steps:
While logged in to your Google account (yes you must have one), visit Google Search Console, where you will be greeted with a screen that looks like this:
Type your domain address and hit Add property.
In order to use Google Search Console you need to verify ownership of the domain you’re analyzing. There are several verification methods but since we were already logged in and had verified our site with GoDaddy, Google recognized that.
You can verify ownership in the following ways so just pick which makes the most sense for you.
- Add a HTML tag to the <head> of your site
- Sign in to the domain name provider
- Use Google Analytics
- Use the Google Tag Manager account
- Upload an HTML file
Next, you will want to follow all the steps that have been sent to your email via Google. The buttons they provide will send you to the exact page you need to complete the task on.
Regarding your sitemap file, if you are a Squarespace user, your site map url can be found by attaching /sitemap.xml to the end of your url.
So ours is located at http://www.thelaunchbosses.com/sitemap.xml
Yours will be http://www.yourdomain.com/sitemap.xml
OK and the final and possibly most important step, is telling Google to crawl your site!
From the dashboard, where your site is listed, select your site.
- On the left side of the page, click Crawl and then click Fetch as Google.
- Leave the text box blank and leave Desktop selected in the drop-down menu.
- Click Fetch.
- Click Request Indexing next to your results.
- Check Crawl this URL and its direct links.
- Click Go.
Now let the Google bots do their magic and crawl your site!