Google Search Console beginner’s guide for 2020

If you are a blogger or a site owner then Google Search Console is a productive tool that you need to learn about. It helps in providing search related metrics, site performance measures, visibility in search results, etc. All these factors are important for making SEO friendly content. Let’s know more about what is Google Search Console, how to set up Google Console, and how to use it.

WHAT IS GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE?

According to Wikipedia, the meaning of Google Search Console is

Google Search Console is a web service by Google which allows webmasters to check indexing status and optimize visibility of their websites. Until May 20, 2015, the service was called Google Webmaster Tools. In January 2018, Google introduced a new version of the search console, with changes to the user interface.

Google search console was previously called Google webmaster tools, google webmaster central. It redirects the visitor to Google Search Console.
Webmasters homepage
Google Webmasters Homepage

HOW TO SET UP GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE

The setup of the Google search console is an easy process. I will tell you How I activated my Google Search Console in this article. It involves:

  1. Add a Google Account to Google Search Console
  2. Add your website in the Add property section
  3. Verify the property through any of the given 5 ways
  4. Once verified you have completed the setup process for your website’s console-setup.

Let’s see how it works.

STEP 1: SETUP A GOOGLE ACCOUNT FOR THE CONSOLE

First of all, click on the Start now button on the search console About page.

Then either make a new Google account or if you already have one, just log in with that.

Login into Google Search Console. Make a new Google account or Login with an existing account.
Login Panel

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STEP 2: ADD A PROPERTY TO GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE

After successful login, you will have a window i.e. displayed below.

Here, you put the URL of the website into any one of the options. and click enter to begin the verification.
Select the property for verification

You have to add your site’s domain address into one of the option appearing in the search console.

If you have previously gone through that process, click the Already started? finish verification. to reach to the final verification panel.

STEP 3: VERIFY THE PROPERTY BY ANY OF THE FIVE METHODS

When you enter the URL e.g. https://yoursiteurl.com into the Enter URL box, a window will popup i.e. Verify Ownership.

The console provides 5 suitable ways to verify your site’s URL:

  1. HTML file
  2. HTML tag
  3. Google Analytics
  4. Google Tag Manager
  5. Domain Name Provider

I chose the HTML tag for my site verification.

VErify ownership of your URL. through which you can verify your website
Verify ownership of your URL

It generates an HTML tag. You have to put that meta tag into the site verification column of your website.

Once you complete that step and click on Done, it will verify the code on your site and popup as Ownership Verified.

Popup after succssful site verification. Ownership verified.
Ownership verified popup

If it is showing Google Search Console verification failed, then you have to recheck your site property if you have properly placed the HTML code or the HTML meta tag into it.

Once you modify the tag properly, you can re-verify your property.

STEP 4: CONGRATULATIONS

When you click on GO TO PROPERTY button, you will see the first look of your site’s console. This shows that the search console set up is successful.

You will find everything empty as shown in the below figure.

Don’t get worried about anything.

Google Crawlers take one or two days to successfully crawl your site and start displaying the results in different sections of the console.

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FEATURES OF GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE

Google Search Console or Google Webmaster tools is very easy to use. It is free of cost and has lots of special features eg:

1. Helps in Content Optimization

You can easily find targeted keywords and queries that are bringing traffic to your website.

Check daily impressions, clicks on the links, SEO compatibility, and the position in the Google search.

2. Sitemap Submission

Submit your sitemap through the search console. This keeps the crawlers up-to-date with your content.

Submit your URLs and make sure Google search console has crawled the latest version of your URL or the whole website.

3. URL Inspection

You can find the detailed crawls, index, and information about the pages from the Google index.

This also tells about the specific problems in particular URLs like broken, missing, canonical, etc.

4. Helps in overall Site Optimization

Google search console also provides details about the performance of your site on various devices eg. desktop and mobile devices. I will explain it in detail later in the blog.

5. Helps in Detailed Report Generation

Google Search Console reports are very important from an SEO perspective. They are free to generate at a single place and are also trustworthy.

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I have enlisted all the properties of Google Search Console and give a brief about them.

Overview of your Google Search Console Property
Google Search Console Home

MENU OF GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE

This menu appears on the left side of the window.

This is the main navigation bar of Google Search Console through which you can jump into different sections of the parameters.

Core Web Vitals is the latest change into Google Search Console
Left Side Menu in GSC

The three main buttons are Overview, Performance, and URL Inspection.

Additionally, it has four different sections. I am listing the whole menu bar with what it contains.

1. INDEX

  1. Coverage
  2. Sitemaps
  3. Removals

2. ENHANCEMENTS

  1. Core Web Vitals
  2. Mobile Usability
  3. AMP

3. SECURITY AND MANUAL ACTIONS

  1. Manual Actions
  2. Security Issues

4. LEGACY TOOLS AND REPORTS

  1. International Targeting
  2. Crawl Stats
  3. Messages
  4. URL Parameters
  5. Web Tools

After going through the above setup, you are ready to explore the Google Search Console on your own. You will then easily find the changes in your website hits due to various Google algorithm updates from time to time.

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