This article wants to be a very brief and effective guide to get your website indexed in Google in a two-step process:
- Verify your website with Google Search Console
- Submit your sitemap to Google Search Console
P.S. Being indexed in Google doesn’t mean success. The basis of your business must be content and quality. Always.
HOW TO VERIFY YOUR WORDPRESS WEBSITE WITH GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE
WordPress hosts billions of pages and millions of websites. It has a large market share and I guess that most of your websites are on WordPress, so I want to share very specific info related to this platform.
For SEO purposes I use the “All in One SEO Pack” plugin. It helped me also to be ranked in Google.
P.S. = If you want to use my method and this plugin is not installed among yours, you can easily install it going to “Plugins” (in the dashboard of your website), then “Add New” and type the name of the plugin in the search bar. Install and activate the plugin. You don’t need the PRO version!
Let’s go, step by step.
Of course, the first step is going to Google Search Console and sign in with your Google account.
Use the account that is relevant to your website.
Add a new property.
Select “URL prefix” as a property type. Enter the URL of the website you want to verify. Click on “Continue”.
A window with several methods to verify your website will appear. You will see a recommended method. DON’T select it! Scroll down to see “Other verification methods” and select “HTML tag”.
A meta tag will appear. It will have this aspect (this is a fake meta tag, the purpose is to explain you what you need to copy) :
You need to copy only the alphanumeric code between quotation marks. In this case, it is Kcdbc2376hsiu85yHI98793.
Copy it and DON’T close this window.
Open another window and log in your website. Go to the General Setting of your All in One SEO plugin.
Scroll down to the “Webmaster Verification” section and paste your alphanumeric code in the “Google Search Console” field. Update options.
Go back to your Google Search Console page and click on “Verify” and “Done”.
Now, your Google Search Console page will look like this:
HOW TO SUBMIT A SITEMAP TO GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE
Now, let’s move to the second step. You need to add your sitemap to your Google Search Console. To carry this step out I use the “Google XML Sitemaps” plugin.
P.S. = If you want to use my method and this plugin is not installed among yours, you can easily install it going to “Plugins” (in the dashboard of your website), then “Add New” and type the name of the plugin in the search bar. Install and activate the plugin.
Now, go to the “Settings” section of the dashboard of your website. Select “XML – Sitemap“.
A page will appear, and there you will find the URL of your sitemap.
Go back to your Google Search Console page and select “Sitemaps”. In the URL field, since your website’s domain is already in place, just add the final part of your sitemap URL, that is, sitemap.xml
You reached the end of the article and you submitted your website to Google Search Console! When I submitted this website, it took only a few hours to verify the property of my domain.
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