To verify to Google that you own your website, you need to learn how to set up the Google Search Console. Verifying your site is one of the first steps in gaining Google’s trust.
It is also thru the Search Console that we can submit a “sitemap,” or the “list” that Google will use to know your past, present and future articles.
How To Verify Your Site With Google Search Console
- Go to Google Search Console
- Sign in to your Google account.
- Input the URL of your site.
- Under the “HTML tag,” highlight and copy the verification code.
- Login to your site’s WordPress Dashboard. Go to the All in One SEO plugin “General Settings.” Paste the code in the “Google Search Console” box. Scroll down and click on “Update.”
- Go back to the Google Search Console page and click on “Verify.”
If you get an error saying that they “Could not find your meta tag in your site’s home page,” do the Google Analytics setup first before trying to Verify your site in Google Search Console.
To double check if you have successfully verified your site, click on the “Go To Property.”
Scroll down to see the “Settings” on the left side of your Google Search Console. You should be able to see if you are a “Verified Owner.”
How To Submit Sitemap To Google
Inside your WordPress dashboard, go to your All-In-One SEO plugin. Under the “Feature Manager,” you’ll see the XML Sitemaps. Activate it.
You should now see the XML Sitemap on the left side, under the All In One SEO plugin.
Click on the XML Sitemap. Click on “view your XML sitemap.” If your site is entirely new, you can probably see just the default WordPress posts and pages, just like the photo below.
Highlight the word “sitemap.xml” from the URL. Copy it. We need to paste it inside the Google Search Console.
Go to your Google Search Console. Click on “Sitemaps” in the left side. Paste the “sitemap.xml” in the “Add a new sitemap” slot. Then submit.
That’s it! You have successfully submitted your sitemap. Google will now have a list of your contents. 🙂
I hope you find this lesson helpful. In the next post, we’ll verify your site and submit your sitemap to Bing.
Please leave any questions you have in the comments section below! 🙂 I am always here to help!
Until The Next Lesson,
P.S. If you hear people talk about the “Google Webmaster Tools,” that’s the old name of the Google Search Console.