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How to Add Google Search Console on SquareSpace

How to Add Google Search Console on SquareSpace

Lots of steps are involved in building better rankings, but one of the first is setting up Google Search Console.

If you’re having trouble connecting Google Search Console to your Squarespace site, you’re not the only one. It’s the most difficult component of setting up Squarespace SEO, according to many business owners.

But no worries because in this post, we’ll go through exactly how to validate and submit a sitemap to Google Search Console for your Squarespace site.

There are 4 steps needed to add GSC to Squarespace

  1. Step 1: Create a Google Search Console account

  2. Step 2: Choose a site verification method

  3. Step 3: Complete the site verification process

  4. Step 4: Connect Squarespace with Google Search Console

  5. Submit sitemap (Optional)

  6. Request indexing new pages (Optional)

Note: Some of the methods may appear to be complicated, but they only require you to copy and paste the code provided. You’ll be able to complete everything if you follow these instructions.

Step 1: Create a Google Search Console account

  1. Create a Google account (Gmail) if you don’t have one

  2. Go to Google Search Console and click Start Now

  3. Sign in using your Gmail account

  4. Click Add property

Step 2: Choose a site verification method

There are two choices:

  1. DOMAIN: You can check all URLs at once, including subdomains and HTTPS and HTTP versions. However, you must utilize the DNS verification method, which might be challenging, particularly if you’re using a third-party domain.

  2. URL PREFIX: For every mutation of your site domain (e.g. https://mysite.com, http://mysite.com…), you’ll have to redo the verification process. However, you have the option of using simpler verification methods with this method.

We recommend using the Domain property option.

Step 3: Complete the site verification process

  1. Choose Domain

  2. Enter your domain without anything (e.g. mysite.com, not www.mysite.com)

  3. Copy the TXT record by clicking on the COPY button

  4. Open another tab and log in to Squarespace.

  5. Go to Settings > Domains > click on your connected domain > DNS Settings

  6. Click on the ADD button at the bottom. Choose TXT from the drop-down, then paste the code you were given (if you don’t see the ADD button, that means you have a third-party domain provider and need to go to their site to add the TXT code)

  7. Click Save

  8. Go back to Search Console and click Verify

Copy the TXT record then open Squarespace.

Go to this page by Settings > Domains > Click on your connected domain > DNS Settings. Add copied TXT code to this.

How to Submit Squarespace Sitemap

You can submit your sitemap to Google Search Console once your Squarespace website has been validated.

A sitemap informs search engines about your website’s pages, videos, and files, as well as their hierarchy. This makes it easier for search engines to crawl your site.

Submitting your sitemap to enable Google to find your website is highly advised for new sites with little or no external links.

Squarespace sitemap file is sitemap.xml

To submit a sitemap for Squarespace:

  1. On Google Search Console, go to Sitemaps under Index

  2. Add sitemap.xml under Add a new sitemap

  3. Click Submit

How to Request Indexing New Pages

You can also request that a specific page be indexed when you publish new pages. This can contribute to faster identification and ranking of your web pages.

To submit a page URL for indexing, use these steps:

  1. On Google Search Console, go to URL inspection

  2. Paste the page URL (e.g. https://www.mypage.com) and hit Enter

  3. Click Request Indexing

Google will still take a few days to index your site, but it will be much faster than doing nothing.

If you don’t want to request indexing but still want Google to find your new pages easily, connect them to existing pages on your site.

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