Google Search Console (formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools) is a free service provided by Google that helps you monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot your site’s presence in Google Search results. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to set up Google Search Console for UK users:
If you don’t already have a Google account, you’ll need to create one. If you already have one (for example, if you use Gmail), then just log in.
Go to the Google Search Console homepage: https://search.google.com/search-console/
If you’re a new user, click ‘Start Now’. If you’ve used Google Search Console before, click ‘Add a Property’.
You can add your website using either a domain method (for example, ‘yourwebsite.co.uk’) or a URL prefix method (for example, ‘https://www.yourwebsite.co.uk‘). The domain method verifies your entire domain while the URL prefix method is specific to the URL you provide.
Depending on the method you chose:
Follow the on-screen instructions for your chosen verification method.
This is especially relevant for UK users who want to target users within the UK.
If you have a sitemap for your website, it’s a good idea to submit it to Google Search Console to assist Google in crawling your site:
After you’ve set everything up, Google will begin to gather data about your site. It might take a few days to see comprehensive data. Check for any crawl errors, indexed pages, and other vital information.
This ensures you’re alerted to any issues or critical notifications regarding your website.
Make a habit of checking your Google Search Console account regularly to monitor your site’s performance in Google Search, address any issues, and make improvements based on the data provided.
Remember, Google Search Console is a powerful tool not just for monitoring how your site appears in search, but also for finding opportunities to improve your site’s performance and discoverability. Make the most of it!