Every blogger should add Google Search Console to their toolbox. You can submit your sitemaps to Google and find out if there are any crawl errors when Google looks your site. You can even find out if there are any Manual Actions on your site that have put you in Google “jail.”
But the first step is to add all four versions of your website’s URL to Google Search Console:
How to Add a Website to Google Search Console
- Go to the Google Search Console site and click on START NOW.
- Click on the arrow next to SEARCH PROPERTY. If all four versions of your website are not on the list, you will need to add any that are missing.
- Click on ADD PROPERTY
- Enter in a URL and click CONTINUE.
If your Google Analytics code is installed on your website, Google Search Console will automatically verify that you own the site. If not, you may have to verify through an alternative method.
- Repeat step 3 & 4 until all four versions of your website are added. Remember that you want to have all four of these properties listed:
- Switch to the old version of Google Search Console. Scroll to the bottom of the left-hand menu and click on GO TO THE OLD VERSION.
(The new version isn’t finished and is missing the functionality we need.)
- Once you have switched to the old version of Google Search Console, click on the red words SEARCH CONSOLE in the upper left corner.
- Click on the hotlink for the https://yourwebsite.com URL. Then click on the gear in the upper right corner and choose SITE SETTINGS.
- Under PREFFERED DOMAIN choose DISPLAY URLs as yourwebsite.com and click on SAVE.
If your screen looks like this, then you have already entered at least one URL in Google Search Console.
If your screen looks like this, then you are adding your URL for the first time.
Congratulations! You have added all your URLs to Google Search Console.
We will talk more about Google Search Console in the section about Publishing Your Blog.