Setting up Google Search Console (Formerly Webmaster Tools)
This is a client tutorial for those tech savvy clients who have expressed interest in setting up their own Google Search Console for their website. A step by step workflow is taught in the video I have posted in this blog (scroll down).
The process is not difficult and is actually quite simple.
You will need to understand how to use your File Manager in your server CPanel, or have some knowledge of using a FTP client to upload a Google HTML file to your server.
Purpose of Using Google Search Console
Google Search Console is a free service offered by Google that helps you monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot your site’s presence in Google Search results. You don’t have to sign up for Search Console to be included in Google Search results, but Search Console helps you understand and improve how Google sees your site. [Google Support]
- It’s a Free Service.
- Verify that Google can find your website. Important, do you exist?
- Repair indexing issues or request a re-index (indexing is organizing data according to a specific standard or blueprint).
- Receive and review Google Search Traffic results for your website.
- Receive Google alerts and warnings: spamming, malware issues, indexing problems, etc.
- Find out which websites are linked to you.
- Receive warnings: Unsafe website (phishing, malware), responsive issues, Mixed Content, etc.
A Few Sample Google Alerts
Social Engineering Content
Content that tricks visitors into doing something dangerous, such as revealing confidential information or downloading software.
Safe Browsing Issues
Some pages may be hacked or may install malicious software.
Check the mobile version of your website.
A step by step process of setting up Google Console