Google Search Console is a new Google service that will replace Google Webmaster Tools (GWT), and indeed at this time Google Search Console has not completely replaced Google Webmaster Tools, you can still see the GWT version and there are also recommendations to see GSC as a replacement.
And this is an opportunity for you to learn about Google Search Console to get used to it when it is made full version and Google completely eliminates Google Webmaster Tools.
In this article I will briefly explain what Google Search Console is and how it can benefit your WordPress site (even for any type of website). Then, I will show you several different methods for how to register or add your WordPress site to the new Google Search Console.
What is Google Search Console?
I’ll explain this briefly because you may just want to jump straight to the section on website verification to Google Search Console.
But I highly suggest that you should read carefully first so that you really understand what you are going to add to your website with Google Search Console.
- Google Search Console is an official service from Google that helps with SEO.
- Google Search Console as a place to add a sitemap of your website and control other important SEO settings, such as how fast Google crawls or searches your website.
- Google Search Console plays an important role in entering your WordPress site and all your URLs for inclusion in the Google search engine listings.
- Google Search Console also allows you to view useful analytics, such as which keywords worked for your website and how many clicks, how many visitors or page impressions your website got.
5 Ways to Verify Google Site for WordPress Sites
Here are the methods or ways that I will discuss in this post. You will learn how to complete the Google site verification process using:
- WordPress SEO plugin your favorite. While most SEO plugins can help you complete the Google site verification step, I will specifically cover how to do it using a plugin Yoast SEO and All in One SEO Pack because these two SEO plugins are the most popular SEO plugins used by WordPress users around the world.
- Google Analytics or Google Tag Manager. If you are already using Google Analytics for visitor analysis or Google Tag Manager, you can connect to any of these services without having to add anything new to your site.
- Install code Google verification in the tag section
<head>You. If you are already using a plugin like “Insert Header or Footer”, or if your theme has a feature to allow you to add code directly to a section
<head>, Then you can use these features without installing the “Insert Headers or Footer” plugin.
- Through DNS Record your domain. It might be a little tricky for beginners, but it’s great because it doesn’t involve adding any code directly to your website (so if you’re a web performance optimization priority you should go for this route).
- Upload File. This is not my preferred method as it is the most time-consuming and requires you to leave files on your server. But this is also one of the methods Google recommends, so I’ll stick with it.
Steps To Add Your Website To Google Search Console
To get started, open it Google Search Console, then click the “Start Now” button.
You will then be asked to add your site by entering its URL.
Once you have done that, you will see a list of options for Owner Verifications of the site (the appearance may look a little different, but the main point is the same).
This article is about how to use the methods in this list.
5 Easy Ways To Google Site Verifications
You only need to choose one of these methods. Choose which one is easiest for you – and you don’t have to use all of them. Just choose one!
Method 1: WordPress SEO Plugin
If you are already using a WordPress SEO plugin, then that plugin certainly offers you an easy way to complete the Google Site verification process.
To get started, please open the options HTML tag and copy the code inside.
Then, you have to add this code to your SEO plugin.
Yoast SEO : If you are using Yoast SEO, you can do that by going to SEO »General» Webmaster Tools on your WordPress dashboard. Paste the complete HTML tag into the Google verification code box.
Click the “Save Changes” button and you’re done! When you save the settings, the code you enter is just a unique numeric code that is between two quotation marks (“) and it doesn’t matter because that’s all you need.
All In One SEO : If you are using the All in One SEO Pack SEO plugin, you can do this by scrolling to the Webmaster Verification area in General Settings.
This time, you just need to paste part of the HTML tag into the Google Webmaster Tools box. In particular, you need to be precise between the quotation marks in content = “COPY_THIS”:
Then, add just that section to the “Google Webmaster Tools” column in your All in One SEO Pack:
Click the “Save Changes” button and you’re done!
After you have saved your changes in your SEO plugin, please return to Google Search Console and click the “Verify” button to complete the verification process.
Method 2: Google Analytics or Google Tag Manager
If you are already using Google Analytics or Google Tag Manager on your site, you can use existing services to verify your site with Google Search Console because these three are official Google Services.
We have guides on adding Google Analytics and adding Google Tag Manager if you want to use them. I will not add this service just to verify your site with Google Search Console.
After successfully adding Google Analytics or Google Tag Manager, you only need to select the Google Analytics or Google Tag Manager option when you try to add your site to Google Search Console. Then, just click “Verify”.
And your Google Site verification is complete.
Method 3: Snippet Code In Site Header
It basically does what an SEO plugin does for you, but it is done manually. You can add the same HTML tags to parts of your WordPress site using:
The easiest way is to use the free Insert Headers and Footers plugin and place it in the Header column.
After adding the code snippet, press the “Verify” button in Google Search Console to complete the Google Site verification process.
Method 4: DNS Record
This is the most complicated method, but this way you don’t need to add anything be it files or code to your WordPress site.
On the other hand, if you are using a Cloudflare CDN for your WordPress site, you have to add DNS records via the Cloudflare interface.
Check your hosting support documentation if you are unsure where to edit DNS records. Google will also provide you with tools to try and help you with instructions.
After you can edit the DNS records, copy the code from Google Search Console, you can choose which provider you membuy a domain, Because here I use best hosting service Bluehost, then I choose Bluehost and click the text link “Add a TXT recored” and if your provider is not on the list, please select “Other” from the drop down menu.
To do this, you must be able to edit your domain’s DNS records. Usually, you will do this through your cPanel hosting. For example, on my Bluehost account, I can edit DNS records via cPanel.
Then, create a new TXT record and paste that value as Type TXT. Depending on where you add your notes, you may also need to specify a TTL – you can use 1800 as the value.
Once the DNS changes have been propagated (which may take a little while), you will be able to complete the verification process by clicking the “Verify” button in Google Search Console.
Method 5: upload files to server
Finally, you can also use another method that Google recommends, which is uploading files to your hosting server.
You can download files from the “HTML file” option in Google Search Console:
Then, you can upload the file to the hosting server you are using Filezilla FTP client or via the cPanel File Manager.
Make sure to upload it to the root folder of your site. It’s usually the same folder that contains your wp-config.php file and the wp-admin subfolder or the general one in the folder public_html .
Here is how it looks in cPanel File Manager
After you upload the file, return to Google Search Console and click the “Verify” button.
Lastly, it’s important to note that for all of these methods you will need to leave a code snippet or file on your site. This means that you are prohibited from deleting code snippets or files after verifying your website with the Google Console, if you delete them it will return to unverified.
And that’s a complete guide on how to register or add your WordPress website to Google Search Console. Make sure you choose the easiest method and only verify one. Hopefully this article was useful for you and your website is now verified by Google and ranks better on Google search engines. Good luck. 🙂