How To Use Google Search Console for SEO
One of the most important parts of proper SEO is to let Google know about the content on your website and when you make future updates. You can do this by placing a small piece of code from Google Search Console on your site that will notify Google when you have made updates to your sitemap. In this post we’ll cover how to set up a free Search Console account, validate your site and how to use submit your first XML sitemap to Google.
How To Use Google Search Console To Validate Your Site
To begin, do a Google search for “Google Search Console” and click on the first result and then start now. You will be given 2 options, domain and url prefix. I recommend you go with URL Prefix as it is less complex. Enter the url of you website in the space provided and click continue. Now to validate your site and prove you are the owner. Choose the second option “HTML Tag” and copy the code provided by Google. Now go to your WordPress dashboard and select your theme (I recommend Divi if you have not selected a theme yet). Go to Divi Theme Options > Integrations and paste code into (add code to head of your blog) and click save. Then go back to Google Search Console and click validate. If you are using a different theme, reach out to the theme’s author and ask where to paste your Search Console code for validation.
How To Use Google Search Console To Upload Your XML Site Map
Now that your site is validated with Search Console you need to upload your XML Sitemap that give Google the info needed for proper indexing. Go to your the SEO plugin you are using and navigate to the XML section to view your current site map. If you don’t have a SEO Plugin, I highly recommend SEO Press Pro. You can also view a previous post for instructions on How to use SEO Press Pro. Once you have confirmed your site map looks correct, go back to Google Search Console and via the left hand menu select Sitemaps. Enter sitemaps.xml and save. This will allow Google to properly fetch on the info from your site for indexing.
Resources Mentioned in the How To Use Google Search Console Video
These are affiliate links. I promote SEO Press and Elegant Themes because I use their products every day and highly recommend them.
SEO Press Pro
My personal favorite SEO plugin for WordPress to help improve your search results in Google.
Divi Theme by Elegant Themes
The #1 WordPress Theme in the world for good reason.
Do You Want Your Business Website To Rank on Page 1 in Google for the Keywords Your Customers are Searching?
Call Michael Directly To See How We Can Improve Your Ranking
I was on page 7 or 8, around position 100 and within less than 90 days, Michael was able to help my website rank on positions 3 and 5 of the first page of Google search for my PRP specialty and local area.
- Dr. Claudia Chica, Health & Hope Institute
Michael is very knowledgeable about SEO and what it takes to build a professionally impressive website that will not only get noticed, but also find itself ranked at the top of a search engine.
- Joanne Dagonese
I have been using Michael's services for years and he is the best! He constantly exceeds my expectations and delivers changes promptly. I cannot imagine a better experience. I have referred him to others and also hear raving reviews.
- Shannon Webb, Webb Financial Group
It is unbelievable what he has done in just 2 months. I ask him to add or change something and it is done almost immediately. It has been years since I have been looking for someone like Michael to handle my web presence.
- Ed Postal, International Travel Planners
When we signed up we were simply looking to boost our SEO rankings. Since then, we have gained the results we were hoping for, along with few more perks - beautiful website that converts better than our previous one.
- Ana Starns Ph. D, CaryPress Books
I feel so fortunate to have found Michael, he treats me and my business like his own. He took the time to understand my customer target and what I'm trying to achieve and more than delivered on Web Design, hosting and local SEO optimization!
- Deborah Herrington, CPR Chicks
Michael really changed the look of my business and made my website engaging and very professional. I would highly recommend Digital Product Pro.
- Mark Kelly, University Financial Strategies
If you are looking for a more personal relationship for your website management, I would highly recommend Michael from Digital Product Pro!
- Karen Whitworth, Karens Detail Custom Frames
In under 90 days, Michael has transformed my site with a new modern design and ranked my site on page 1 for Orange County CPR Classes which is extremely challenging to do, i have a lot of competition!
- Scott Lehnkering, A Hero For Life
Once I started working with Michael, my marketing strategy finally took off and i have been very happy with the amount of transaction I’ve been receiving on my website.
- Cliff Downie, Downie Financial Group
Digital Product Pro is GREAT. Michael is patient and extremely professional. He has always quickly answered all our questions.
- Karyn Philippsen, Laguna Beach Sister Cities
I highly recommend Digital Product Pro. I went from a start up to consistent revenue within a few short months thanks to Michael. What a God send!
- Chris Wimberly, The Disability Doc
Digital Product Pro SEO Company Details
We understand that you are focused on running your business and don't have the time to spend learning how to build and manage an effective website and SEO campaign that helps engage your potential clients or customers. We stand out in your choices for an small business SEO service because we provide a very personalized experience with fast turnaround times and priority support. We also do not require contracts which gives you the freedom to stop our service at anytime, but we don't think you will because what we do works. To get started we will discuss the current state of your online presence and your future SEO goals to see if we would be a good fit to work together.