Getting Started with Google Search Console

New for 2019, including the new Domain Property and 5 different verification methods

Get the Power of Google's Free Search Console

Google Search Console is not only free, it's also one of the most valuable tools in any SEO's kit. It allows us to troubleshoot problems, research how people interact with our listings on search pages, show us the keywords that bring people to the site, submit a site map, and so much more. Truly an indispensable tool

However, GSC is not the easiest tool to set up. In fact getting it to work with your website can be quite daunting. The reason is that Google makes you prove that you are an owner or manager of a website and therefore have a right to see its sensitive data. They do this through a process called "verification," and that's where it gets a bit confusing.

In this course, Ross Barefoot will walk you through the following methods of verifying your ownership in a way that satisfies Google. Any one of them is enough, and each one is different and useful in a different type of situation.

Completely Updated for 2019

We also show you the new (as of March 2019) domain type property which replaces Google's old property sets. This is a new feature that SEO's love!

Verification Methods Covered

  • For a WordPress site: using a plugin and employing HTML tag verification
  • Using a verification file uploaded to your website (demonstrated both with "Cpanel" and with an "FTP" client)
  • Using Google Analytics (we show you the type of analytics access you need for this one to work)
  • Using Google Tag Manager (just like GA, you need the correct rights to use this method, and we show you how to check)
  • Placing a DNS record (in this case we show you where to go in Cpanel to get it done). We show you this method at the same time showing you how to add a new domain type property to GSC

Finally we also give you a final lesson on how to unverify a site to remove a user who should no longer have access.

Your Instructor

Ross Barefoot
Ross Barefoot

Ross Barefoot has 19 years of experience in website programming and development, and 13 years of experience in Search Engine Optimization and Marketing (SEO/SEM). Ross is a SEA Certified Master Level Instructor with the Search Engine Academy and serves on its board of directors and educational committee. Ross has been with Horizon Web Marketing since 2012 as chief SEO strategist and trainer, and in 2014 took on the role of CTO. Ross uses his industry expertise to set client strategies, troubleshoot difficult SEO issues, and keep our staff trained and up to date on cutting-edge SEO techniques so we deliver the best possible results for our clients.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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