In this tutorial, you’ll learn about the benefits of Google Search Console and I’ll show you how to set it up.
But before you proceed, keep in mind you’ll need to verify ownership of your website to complete the Search Console setup process. The easiest method leverages your Google Analytics account, so make sure it’s configured on your site first and that the Google login you plan to use has Edit access. If you don’t have Google Analytics on your site, hit the pause button, check out our tutorial on setting up Google Analytics and get it installed first.
Now, back to the topic at hand.
Google Search Console is a free tool that lets you see more information about your website’s search traffic performance than Google Analytics provides alone. For example, it lets you see which search queries generate traffic to your site. It also helps you identify technical issues that need to be fixed to improve your website’s ability to rank well in search engine results.
Before you can start benefiting from these tools and reports, you need to set up a Google Search Console account.
First, visit the Google Search Console sign up page and click Start now.
Choose the Google Account you used to set up Google Analytics and sign in.
Using Domain property is preferable if you have a more complicated web presence with subdomains, but requires DNS verification. We’re going to complete the setup using URL prefix as the property type because the verification process is much easier. Enter your domain name under URL prefix and click Continue.
Click Google Analytics and click Verify.
Once you see the Ownership Verified screen, click Go to Property and then Start.
Now, you’ll be able to log into Google Search Console or integrate Search Console with Google Analytics or third-party analytics platforms, including Jess.
Continue to the next lesson, Link Search Console to Google Analytics
View the previous lesson, Sign Up for Google Analytics
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