Create a Google Search Console account
Create your first Google Search Console account
You can create your first Google Search account in only a few steps. First of all, you must visit the Search Console website. To do this, you can click on the link below.
On the website, you can click directly on the Start now button.
Select a property type
On this site you may now choose which property type you want. You can decide between a domain and an URL prefix.
The domain may contain any variant of your URL. That means it doesn’t matter whether your website is with or without www, with https:// or with http://. This also includes subdomains.
In this step, the URL has to exactly match the URL of the site. If the URL changes from https:// to http://, or from www to without www, the system will not ignore it. That means the system only accepts https:// if it has been inserted in the system as in the example.
We recommend choosing the URL prefix at this point.
Now you can visit your website and take the URL from the address bar.
You can select the URL by double-clicking on it. Copy the URL. Your URL should be similar to ours.
In our case, the ending of the URL is wrong. We must delete everything after .com. The correct URL should be similar to the example below.
Enter this URL to the Google Search Console form. See the picture below.
Now, click the Continue button.
Verify the ownership of the domain
There are multiple options available to verify the ownership. We recommend adding a meta tag to your site’s home page.
Expand the HTML tag tab by clicking the arrow.
Then, COPY the meta tag and implement it into the header of your site.
If you’re not familiar with how to do this, ask your developer or agency for help.
After it has been implemented, click VERIFY.
If the verification gets accepted by Google, you can click on the GO TO PROPERTY button.
Contratulations! You have created your first Google Search Console account.
Add a new sitemap in Google Search Console
To find your XML Sitemap, you’ll need to install and activate the Yoast SEO plugin.
After that, go to SEO → General → Features, find XML sitemaps and click on the question mark icon next to it. Open See the XML sitemap in a new tab.
You’ll be presented with a list of your sitemaps. The most important ones are /post-sitemap.xml and /page-sitemap.xml.
You will need to copy each of them, open Google Search Console, go to Sitemaps and add them individually under Add a new sitemap.
If you have any further questions, either contact your agency or simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org