Have you started with an new blog? That’s great, staring with a website or a blog is very easy and does not take much time. All you have to do is register a domain name and find a good web host for you and finally install WordPress on your server, in case you want to start with an WordPress website.
I think you have already done these three things. (Registering domain, hosting your website and installing WP) What next? Now all you need is traffic to your website, there are many types of traffic like Organic, Social, Referral and Direct traffic. Organic traffic is very important for any website to survive and to get organic traffic you have to add your website to Google Search console.
In this guide on Blogging Champs I will tell you the complete procedure which you need to follow to add your website to the Google Search Console.
Step by Step Procedure to Add website to Google Search Console
To proceed with this guide you need to have an Google Account, I am sure you have one with you just sign in into your account first.
Now go to Google Search Console, you can follow this link provided here it will take you to Google Search Console in new tab on your web browser. This tool was previously called as Google Webmaster Tools.
You will be asked to sign in again into your Google account. After you sign in successfully click on Add Property button which is red in color.
Google will now as you to verify your ownership to this website property or domain I can say. There are various methods by which you can verify your ownership but I recommend you to use the method which is available in Alternate Methods. The method which I am talking about is verifying by adding HTML meta tag to your website.
Click on Alternate Methods and select HTML tag from there, you will get one meta tag from Google copy it to your clipboard.
But if you are not using WordPress then you can verify with the help of your Domain name provider, Just select your domain name provider from the drop down menu and sign in into your domain name provider account. You will be able to verify your ownership.
Other than Domain name provider you can even use your Google Analytics account, Google Tag Manager to verify your ownership.
And if you are using WordPress as your content management system then it’s very easy, you can do it just by installing an WordPress plugin on your WordPress SEO and the plugin I am talking about is WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin.
If you are a beginner and don’t know how you can install plugin on your blog then you can refer my article, about how to install WordPress plugins.
Once you install WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin on your blog click on the SEO which you can find at the sidebar of your dashboard.
When you click on SEO the menu will be expanded and you will get various options now click on Dashboard. All the general SEO settings of your website will be displayed to you on your screen. Now click on Webmaster Tools and paste the HTML Meta Tag which you have just copied from Google search console in the space provided and click on Save Changes.
Your page will be reloaded and you have successfully added the HTML meta tag on your WordPress website. Now again open the tab of your web browser in which Google Search Console is opened and finally click on verify button which is provided at the bottom part of the webpage.
So this was how you can add your website to Google Search Console, I hope you are clear with all the steps I have mentioned above. Now you have added your website to help Google to crawl your website and take into index you should submit sitemap to Google Search Console. If you are facing any difficulties then you can leave your comment below.