Google Search Console is a free web service provided by Google for webmasters, which allows them to check indexing status and optimize visibility of their websites.
In addition to that this service also allows you to add your website’s sitemap and control other relevant SEO settings, like how quickly Google crawls your site or how many clicks/impressions your site gets.
How to verify your site?
For most sites, to verify your site for webmaster tools, you usually need to upload an HTML document to your webserver or alter a DNS entry on your domain registrar website. Since this isn’t always the easiest thing to do and in case you’re not technical, CONJ PowerPack’s site verification module is here to help.
Follow the steps below to verify your WordPress site with Google Search Console:
- First, You’ll need to sign in with a Google account if you’re not already logged in.
- Navigate to Google Search Console to get started.
- Click on Add a property.
- In the Select property type, select URL prefix.
- You’ll then be prompted to add your site by entering its URL.
- Click the Continue button.
- In the Verify ownership pop up, scroll down to “Other verification methods” and select HTML Tag option to continue.
- You’ll see a line of HTML code like the following:
<meta name="google-site-verification" content="jV5rz9P2s2wdDs4tD-gmUrqBGjs" />
- Copy the entire meta tag shown in the screen/field.
- Leave the verification page open and go to your site dashboard (in a new tab/window).
- Log into your WordPress website and navigate to CONJ PowerPack.
- From the sidebar on the left, select the Site Verification tab.
- Locate the Google Search Console text-field and paste your meta-tag in.
- Click Save Changes.
- Go back to Google’s verification page and click Verify.
- At this point, your site should be connected to Google Search Console service and start sending data to your webmaster dashboard.
In case you have received an email from Google with a subject of an alert in your Webmaster Tools dashboard that your site’s security certificate could not be found, this means your site was inadvertently added as a secure site.
An example of the message you may have received:
Dear Webmaster, The host name of your site, https://example.com, does not match any of the “Subject Names” in your SSL certificate [….] This will cause many web browsers to block users from accessing your site, or to display a security warning message when your site is accessed. To correct this problem, please get a new SSL certificate by a Certificate Authority (CA) with a “Subject Name” or “Subject Alternative DNS Names” that matches your host name.
If a message like the above arrived in your inbox, you’d need to remove the site from your Webmaster Tools account, and then add it back as a standard site. To do so, follow the steps below:
- Log in to Google Webmaster Tools with your Google account.
- Below the button for Manage Site, click Delete Site.
- Click the button to Add a property and follow the instructions above.
Last updated: 4 weeks ago