How To Verify A Website in Google Search Console 2020
When I meet a potential new client at some point I’ll be conducting a Google audit and need Google Analytics and Google Search Console access. Most website owners have Google Analytics already installed, but a high percentage of website owners have issues with Search Console
Usual Google Search Console Problems
Here’s a list of the common findings I usually find:
- The website is not verified in Search Console at all
- The website is verified however the domain is HTTPS and only HTTP profile has been verified
- The website is verfied however it’s not linked to Google Analytics
- The correct domain profile has been verified but the other 3 profiles have not been verified – example:
Sign into Google and Verify Your Website in Google Search Console
Here’s the link to begin: https://search.google.com/search-console/welcome
Tip: What I do is have my website open in a tab on my home page so I can copy and paste the URL to avoid errors in manual typing, especially as there needs to be 4 versions added.
You can drop down in the top left hand corner if you already have properties in your Search Console account – this is where to add a new property
Here’s the next screen:
Once you have copied and pasted your website URL into the URL PREFIX box, you can hit CONTINUE.
Using Auto-DNS to verify in search console
September 2019 there’s a new Google feature as outlined in the Google Webmaster DNS blog post.
A lot of small companies find this confusing so here’s how to verify in other ways:
Using Google Analytics to Verify in Search Console
The next screen you will see is this one where you select GOOGLE ANALYTICS as the quick and easy method to verify
Click the drop down arrow at the right hand side to expand the panel:
YOU CAN SEE THE VERIFY BUTTON – THAT’S ALL YOU NEED TO DO – CLICK VERIFY
Yes, it really is as simple as that. Hit ‘VERIFY’
Link your Search Console with your Google Analytics Account Next
Login to Google Analytics > Menu settings (bottom left hand corner, gear icon) you see 3 menus. Choose the middle menu and scroll down to the white ADJUST SEARCH CONSOLE button at the bottom of the page:
This is the next screen you will see:
The new window that opens automatically looks like this (as of May 2020)
Swap tabs to go back to Google Analytics once you have completed that step and this is how it looks:
That’s it – you’re done!
How To Add Someone To Search Console to View Your Data
Step 1: Once you are on the main welcome screen, navigate to SETTINGS on the bottom right hand side and navigate to USERS AND SETTINGS.
Step 2: On the top right hand corner is a blue ADD USER button, go ahead and click this.
Once you have clicked ADD USER here’s the field that needs completing with the address of the person you are allowing access:
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- How old is the domain?
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