Google Search Console is a must-have tool that supplies you with invaluable information on how your site is doing in the search.
Additionally, it alerts you of errors or issues that need to be addressed, which you would not know about otherwise.
How to Verify Your WordPress Site
To verify your WordPress site with Google Search Console, we need to first log into your Google Search Console account.
Then click on the drop-down menu in the top left-hand corner of your screen. It's just below where it says Google Search Console.
Then click on + Add Property
You have two options.
Add property by domain name (which you can only verify through DNS) or verify through your URL prefix (HTTP:// or HTTPS://) which has multiple verification methods.
Although I verified mine with the Domain name, for this purpose we will verify your WordPress site with the latter, the URL prefix.
Once you have entered your URL prefix click continue.
Google will give you five options for you to verify your domain.
- HTML File
- HTML Tag
- Google Analytics
- Google Tag Manager
- Domain Name Provider
For this lesson, we are going to use the HTML Tag option to verify our site with Google Search Console (Yoast making things easy for us again).
Hit the arrow next to the HTML Tag to expand the option.
Copy the meta tag below.
Next, go back to your WordPress dashboard.
Click on your Yoast SEO plugin which is located on the left-hand side of your dashboard and click on general as we did previously.
Then go to Webmaster Tools and paste the Google Search Console code into the Google Verification Code Section and click save changes.
Now we need to clear our cache through WP Rocket, W3 Total Cache or some other plugin you might be using.
The last thing we need to do is to head back to Google Search Console and hit verify.
You have now officially verified your WordPress site with Google Search Console.
Now that you have verified your site with Google Search Console, don't be a stranger.
It's a vital cog in the wheel.
You should log into your Google Search Console regularly, to see how your site is doing in the search and if there are any problems you need to address.
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