So, are you thinking of adding WordPress to Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools)? If so, read on as we let you know how to do this using free plugins and get set up with Google, too.
Google Search Console was made to help webmasters check indexing status and optimize visibility of their websites — which is definitely a good thing.
When you have a clearer understanding of where your site ranks, you can improve it, and work towards a spot on that coveted first page of Google.
It helps significantly when it comes to monitoring and maintaining your WordPress site’s search presence and ranking. And you don’t have to be mega-tech savvy to accomplish getting it working, so it’s easy to set up for yourself, or your clients (whew!).
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how, with the help of plugins, you can be up-and-running with WordPress and Google Search Console in minutes.
Here’s a snippet of what I’ll be going over:
- What exactly a Google Search Console is and why you should use it
- How to effectively add your website to it
- Verifying your site easily with WordPress plugins
- Other ways to enhance your sites SEO that work well with Google Search Console
Also, to really “be in the know” of SEO, feel free to check out our SEO startup guide.
“Okay, Google. What is a Google Search Console for WordPress?”
Glad you asked…
According to, well, Google, “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 the Search Console helps you understand and improve how Google sees your site.”
We all know what WordPress is, so now it’s just combining the two.
In a nutshell, if you’d like to get your website growing, you should add it to the Google Search Console tool ASAP. It’s much more effective than trying to water it.
Google Search Console’s information, tools, and reports can help you:
- Confirm that Google can locate and crawl your WordPress website.
- Fix indexing issues and request re-indexing of new or updated content.
- See what sites link to your website.
- View Google Search traffic data from your website.
- Get alerts when Google encounters spam, indexing, or other issues on your WordPress site.
- Troubleshoot any issues for AMP, mobile, usability, and other various Search features.
Is it right for me?
If you have a website, the answer is ‘yes.’ It’s beneficial for business owners, SEO specialists, marketers, site administrators,
This article was written by Nathanael Fakes and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.