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How to Set Up Google Search Console




Google Search Console

The video above demonstrates the steps to set up a new website. You can also watch the training videos provided by Google on the page above for additional guidance. 

Visit search.google.com to get started. 

[Watch] How to Set Up a New Website on Google Search Console



 

Video Transcript:

We're going to go through the process here of adding your website to Google Search Console. So if you go to search.google.com you should be redirected to this search console page.You may or may not have some existing domains here but regardless if you click on the dropdown menu near the upper left corner of the screen, look to the bottom, to Add Property, enter your domain name.I recommend using the domain name method rather than the URL prefix method, because the domain method will allow you to include your sub domains like "www" or any other subdomains or the version of your website without a subdomain.The only requirement if you're doing it this way is that you have access to your registrar because you're going to need to include a new DNS record.If you have access to your registrar, you can enter your domain name here. If you don't have access to your registrar, (for example, if you are just managing a site and let's say the owner of the company has the registrar access) and you don't have the ability to get that, then you can use the "www version" here. But keep in mind, that's only going to work for the"www version". The subdomains, or I believe the URL without the www will not work.So assuming you do have access to the registrar, enter your domain name, click continue, and this will give you a few methods for verifying your domain ownership.You can select your registrar from this dropdown menu. In my case, it's One & One. And you can click to Start Verification.In this case, this leads us to an error where we're going to need to find another way to do this. So if it's not connecting to your provider or your provider is not included here click Any DNS provider, you're going to need to go to this line - a string of text in this right under point number two - copy that text.And then we're going to go over to your registrar and insert that there. And I'll show you that in just one second.Okay. So I've double checked this issue. And my domain in question is actually hosted at GoDaddy. So I'm going to try that one it's may or may not work based on the previous result.I'm gonna select GoDaddy start verification. I am going to select the account that has my information again, this seems like it's not going to work using this method, which is to be honest, not unusual.So we'll go back to Google search console, and again, go up to Any DNS provider, copy this text, and then we're going to go over manually and insert this into our registrar.Here I am, I've logged into my account that has my domain. I want to find and verify that domain in my account.And once you're on a screen that looks like this we'll want to find the DNS editor. This will all be different depending on your registrar. The names of those links are all slightly different. And so now I'm looking at the DNS records for my domain, and we're going to want to add a record and we're going to need to add a TXT record.Find the button to add a new record underneath typo and to choose TXT under the value we're going to insert the information provided and host.I believe we can either leave blank or we can enter the @ symbol, but I'm going to go ahead and double check that.Okay. I think this will work using the at symbol, but we're going to just try it. So click save. That should take effect fairly soon, although it sometimes does take some time to propagate, but the next step is to go back over to Google search console and click to verify this Okay.And we can see that it did affect verify and how we can go to our new property in Google search console.

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