Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How to Use Google Search Console (Webmaster Tools)


'Google Search Console' was known as 'Google Webmaster Tool'. But Web-Tech Giant Google has changed it into Search Console. Google Search Console is the most popular web search consoling website. Indexing, Crawling, Sitemap submitting, Search traffic analyzing, Search appearance, Security issues checking are the main purposes to use it.
How to Use Google Search Console (Webmaster Tools)

Before discussing in details, we need to know how to create an account for Google Search Console. It is similar to create an account with Gmail for any product of Google.

1. Go to Search Console and sign in with your Gmail and password.

2. After signing you will look an option to add property as below.
Add property to google search console

Put your web address (Web Property) and click on "ADD A PROPERTY".

3. If you add custom domain (Example: www.compromath.com), you have to verify your property. It is not required for blogspot domain.

To verify property click on your property (web address) and click Setting option like the following figure.
Verify website or property on Google Webmaster Tool
4. There are different method to verify your property in Google Search Console. You will be shown as following image.
ifferent method to verify your property in Google Search Console
For Blogger user, use 'HTML tag' option to verify. See how to verify site ownership at Google Search Console by using meta tag.

For Wordpress user, you can use first three option.  
5. After verification you are ready to use Google Search Console.

Dashboard Introduction
Dashboard of Google Search Console is like as below.

Dashboard of Google Webmaster Tool
Messages: Important message about your property is sent by Google Search Console. You should check it and solve according to its instruction.

Search Appearances: Under search appearances option you will see the following option.
Search Traffic: Under search traffic option you will see the following option.
Google Index: Under Google Index option you will see the following option.
Crawl: Under Crawl option you will see the following option. Crawl means attempt to find your post, URL, text, images etc to show on search engine.
If any errors then configure your robots.txt file according to below. For Blogger, go to Blogger Dashboard→→→
Robots.txt tester in Google Webmaster Tool
You can add sitemap by commanding 'ADD/TEST SITEMAP' and then do according to the figure.
add or test sitemap to google webmaster tool
But before adding you have to create a sitemap.xml file. You can do it from here. Then complete 'Test/Submit' option.
Security Issues: If an y security issues (hacking, malware etc) about your website be found then it will notice you.
Other Resources: You can use different Google Web tools for your website.
Recommended: Improve your search engine ranking.
Make your Blogger more SEO Friendly
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