Google Search Console for MyListing Websites

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Overview

Our Google Search Console for MyListing Websites guide will show you how to easily submit your website and make your site shine in Google Search results.

For this guide, we assume that you already have a Google Account set up.

We highly recommend having Google Search Console set up the day you launch your website, even if you’re not going to look at the data right away.

Add Your Website to Google Search Console
Submit Your Sitemap
Jumpstart New Content Indexing
Grant Access to Your GSC Property
Ongoing GSC Maintenance

Add Your Website to Google Search Console (GSC)

Domain Property

  1. Log into Google Search Console with an existing Google account or create a new account specifically for this website.
  2. Under the Google Search Console, click ‘Add Property’, and click ‘Add Property’ again.
  3. For the Domain property type, enter a naked domain (see image). (Note: You do not enter anything before your domain name such as “www”, “https://”, etc.).
  4. Click Continue.

Domain Verification

For the next steps, we need to make some additions to DNS and since we use Cloudflare for all of our DNS services, we’ll cover how to make changes over there.

Note: Be sure to check out our Cloudflare CDN for MyListing Websites guide even if you’re already using Cloudflare.

  1. Log in to Cloudflare.
  2. Choose the website that we wanting to verify as part of this guide.
  3. Browse to the DNS tab.
  4. Click the +Add Record button.
  5. Using the DNS Record type drop-down, select ‘TXT’.
  6. Enter the values given to you by Google, using our image below as a reference.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Go back to the Google Search Console and click Verify.

If everything goes well, you should see the image below, and after you click GO TO PROPERTY, you’ll notice that Google has started to process your website’s data.

You’ll want to give Google some time, checking back every 15 minutes or so until the processing has completed.

Submit Your Sitemap

The next thing you’ll want to do is submit your website’s sitemap to Google to help Google understand the content and URL structure of your website.

Note: If you happen to use SEOPress as we do, you can find your various sitemaps by going to SEO > XML / HTML Sitemap > View Sitemap.

For these instructions, we’ll just be looking to add our top-level sitemap, which is to simply append /sitemaps.xml after your website’s URL.

  1. Launch the Google Search Console.
  2. Go to Sitemaps.
  3. Paste in your sitemap URL.
  4. Click Submit.

With your sitemap now submitted, you’ll want to keep a watch on the console, ensuring that your sitemap is showing a “Success” status.

Jumpstart New Content Indexing

One of the items on our Off-Page SEO checklist is to submit our new URL to Google using the Google Search Console.

Assuming there isn’t something preventing Google from indexing your website, or the content you wish to be indexed, it’s true that Google will eventually index your content automatically.

That said, we like to set the wheels in motion as soon as we press “publish”, and we do this using the steps below.

  1. Launch the Google Search Console.
  2. Click on URL Inspection.
  3. Paste in the full URL (e.g. https://your-url.com).
  4. Hit Enter.
  5. Click Request Indexing.

Grant Access to Your GSC Property

Whether you’re working on a team or you need to temporarily grant access to an outside consultant, these steps will show you how to easily invite someone to a specific property within your Google Search Console.

  1. Launch the Google Search Console.
  2. Choose the Property (i.e. website) you wish to grant access to.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Users and Permissions.
  5. Click Add User.
  6. Enter the email address for the team member.
  7. Choose the desired permissions for the user, referencing the image below. (Note: In most cases, when we’re talking about a team, you’ll want to grant Full access.).

Ongoing GSC Maintenance

Google Search Console is not a set it and forget it, but luckily Google makes things a bit easier on us by sending out email notifications when they detect issues.

It’s important that you have access to the email on file with Google and that you regularly check it or you can set up an email forwarding rule that sends these particular messages to an account you are checking throughout each day.

Depending on the criticality of your SEO, there may be items that you want to fix right away, some that can wait, and some that are just recommendations that may or may not apply to your website.

We offer monthly website maintenance plans that include unlimited small tasks and helping you decipher and address any notifications that come from Google is often considered a small task.

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