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.
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.
For upcoming live workshop dates, see https://bizbasicseo.com/current-workshops
StartLesson 1 - Intro - How to add a WordPress property to GSC and verify it (19:14)
StartLesson 2 - Verifying with an HTML File Upload (11:56)
StartLesson 3 - Google Analytics verification (8:26)
StartLesson 4 - Setting up a Domain Property and Using DNS Verification (18:17)
StartAppendix - Removing verification for a user (8:11)