0,00 USD

No products in the cart.

Friday, March 5, 2021
0,00 USD

No products in the cart.

Sloth Sets up Google Search Console

Zip has installed Google Analytics, now I've recommended that he follow up by installing Google Search Console. Here's how.

Home » WordPress and Blogging » Sloth Sets up Google Search Console

In the last couple of posts, Zip has installed Google Analytics. First, it was with a plugin, but he found that Google had dumped something new in his lap: Google Analytics 4. After convincing him it was the way of the future, he enabled it. Then, we uninstalled the analytics plugin and installed Google Tag Manager on Slothverse.com with tags for both Universal Analytics and Google Analytics 4. Before we move on to some other things about analytics, I’m suggesting that he next move on to search console, so here’s how to set up Google Search Console for your website.

Why add your website to Google Search Console?

If you’re using Google Analytics, it means you’re interested in how many people are reaching your website, which pages they’re visiting, etc. You also might want to know how they’re getting there — not just where they’re coming from1, but what terms people are searching for; what brought them to click a link and get to your website. Google Search Console will tell you this. It will also let you know if there are any errors or issues on your pages that might be limiting your appearance in Google Search, which is a big deal if you want anyone to find your content.

A few woes of Search Console

Overall, Search Console is a great tool if you’re interested in finding out what search terms bring people to your website. And it’s very helpful if you have an issue that needs to be addressed. But, sometimes, my headache is that it tends to sometimes find issues that are not there. Certain ones in particular. And then you get the email telling you there is an issue, you go to Search Console, and it’s usually (for me) one of the following: on mobile clickable elements are too close together or text too small to read. I go to my page on mobile and it looks fine. I run a test and..guess what. It’s fine! But I’m willing to contend with the occasional over-identification of problems. I guess.

How to add your website to Google Search Console

So here’s how to add your website to Google Search Console

Time needed: 20 minutes.

How to Set Up Google Search Console for Your Website

  1. Add a new property

    Go to search console.

    Click on the tab on the upper left, and then click “Add Property.”

    Then add your domain. You’ll note that there’s a box here for “Domain” or “URL Prefix.” If you choose “Domain,” you’ll need to verify it by adding an item to your DNS. You do that just as described in this post, except that you’ll be adding the stuff they give you as a TXT record instead of as a CNAME or A record.

    Sometimes, I’ve done both. The advantage of the Domain method is that it covers all possible subdomains under your domain.Google Search Console Add Property

  2. Associate the site with your Google Analytics account.

    After you save and move on, you’ll see a screen asking you to enable Search Console data in Google Analytics. Select the site you just added and press “Save.”Add a site to Google Search Console

  3. Add a sitemap.

    After you’ve added your property, it will help Google to index your website better if you add a sitemap which is (drumroll) a map of your site! Actually, it’s a .xml file that WordPress now outputs natively which delineates the structure of your website.

    Since WordPress 5.5, WordPress websites have a default sitemap; you can find it at https://yourdomain.com/wp-sitemap.xml. But even better: if you installed an SEO plugin like Yoast, it will publish an improved sitemap.
    If you have Yoast installed, you can find your sitemap at https://yourdomain.com/sitemap_index.xml2.

    But whichever sitemap you choose to use, click “Sitemaps” in the left-hand panel, and then add the sitemap URL that you’re using.Add a sitemap in Google Search Console

There. Zip has added his website to Google Search Console. Now he has the fun of perusing all the search terms bringing him to your website. Don’t worry; he can’t identify that YOU were the one searching for the terms sloth+fursuit.

But we won’t go over all the data right now as Zip isn’t receiving many clicks.

Next up, we’ll look at one more way to add Google Analytics to your website before we move on: Google SiteKit.

How many hot cups of coffee does this post or page deserve?

Click on an icon to rate it.

Average rating: 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

As you found this post useful...

Care to share?

We are sorry that you found this post to be like a weak cup of decaf.

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?

References and Footnotes
  1. Google Analytics will break down if visits are from Organic Search, social, etc.[]
  2. Substitute yourdomain.com with your own domain, of course![]
Cheryl is a former Occupational Therapist and WordPress enthusiast who became a writer in some parallel universe and occasionally, but infrequently, publishes things in this one. She writes two blogs (or is it three) which she won't quit because she knows that blogs, in her case, are like a hydra and if she cuts one off two more will take its place. When she's not doing that, she enjoys hiking, cycling, kayaking (formerly fast, now ebike), messing around with Adobe illustrator, making assorted things, meditating (though she wouldn't call that "like," and reading. She normally doesn't speak about herself in the third person, but she sometimes uses "we" in the royal sense while writing this blog. She lives in Poulsbo, WA with her spouse, her youngest adult daughter, a very old mutt, and a Siamese cat.
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

You may also be interested in:

Sloth Sets up Google Site Kit

Zip has installed Google Analytics and also configured it via Google Tag Manager. Let's take a look at Google Site Kit, its advantages and disadvantages, and how to install it.

Let’s Setup Google Tag Manager

So, Zip set up GA4 for some reason. Since we're talking about analytics, let's go ahead and install Google Tag Manager and set up some pageview tags.

Should a Sloth Consider Enabling Google Analytics 4?

Zip has installed Google Analytics. But what's this? He now sees a banner in his analytics account informing him about a NEW thing called Google Analytics 4. He thought he was done. Oh...you're NEVER done! Should he enable GA4? Here are some thoughts on the matter and how to proceed.
Share via
Get Caffeinated!
Coffee Image for Email Subscribe

OK, we can't send you caffeine--or even coffee-- but we can send you new content. Subscribe to our email list and get new posts delivered to your inbox. If you don't specify preferences, you'll be signed up for a weekly digest of new posts in all categories, as well as occasional promotional emails and surveys. However, if you would like to customize the frequency and type of content you receive, you can sign up here.

Liked it? Follow us on social media!
Thanks for sharing!
If you found this post worth sharing, consider following us on social media (if you don't already).
And if you have something you would like to share, consider submitting a post. Find out more here.
Send this to a friend