How To Add Your Website To Google Search Console

Warning: You must have a Google Account in order to connect your site to Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools).

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If you are connecting to view crawl issues, please use the steps in this article.

Yoast SEO allows you to connect your website to Google Search Console so you can track how Google is indexing your website. If you're using the old Google Webmaster Tools, please use the steps here.

  1. Go to Google Search Console.

    Login or click 'Start Now', if needed.

  2. Click 'Add a Property' under the search drop-down.

  3. Enter your website URL in the box and click 'Continue'.

    Please make sure you enter your complete url. For example, if your site is http://yourdomain.com it needs to be that exact url. If your site uses WWW or is using the HTTPS it needs to include it. If you are not sure what your site has, please speak with your host provider.

  4. Click the arrow next to 'HTML tag' to expand the option.

  5. Copy the meta tag.

    Highlight the entire meta tag code. Right click on the highlighted tag and click on 'Copy'.

  6. Log in to your WordPress website.

    When you're logged in, you will be in your 'Dashboard'. 

  7. Click on 'SEO'.

    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on 'SEO'.

  8. Click on 'General'.

    The 'SEO' settings will expand providing you additional options. Click on 'General'.
    Admin SEO General

  9. Click on the 'Webmaster Tools' tab.

  10. Paste the code under 'Google verification code'.

  11. Click 'Save Changes'.

  12. Go back to Google Search Console and click 'Verify'.

    Congratulations! You've connected your website to Google Search Console! Now that you've verified and connected your website, you can submit your sitemap!

Google Webmaster Tools (old version)

  • Go to Google Search Console.
    Login, if needed.
  • Click 'Add a Property'.
  • Enter your website URL in the box.
    Please make sure you enter your complete url. For example, if your site is http://yourdomain.com it needs to be that exact url. If your site uses WWW or is using the HTTPS it needs to include it. If you are not sure what your site has, please speak with your host provider.
  • Click 'Add'.
  • Click the 'Alternate methods' tab.
  • Select the 'HTML tag'.
  • Copy the meta tag.
    Click anywhere on the meta tag and Google automatically highlights the entire code. Right click on the highlighted tag and click on 'Copy'.
  • Log in to your WordPress website.
    When you're logged in, you will be in your 'Dashboard'.
  • Click on 'SEO'.
    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on 'SEO'.
  • Click on 'General'.
    The 'SEO' settings will expand providing you additional options. Click on 'General'.
    Admin SEO General
  • Click on the 'Webmaster Tools' tab.
  • Paste the code under 'Google verification code'.
  • Click 'Save Changes'.
  • Click 'Verify'.
    Congratulations! You've connected your website to Google Search Console (former Google Webmaster Tools)! Now that you've verified and connected your website, you can submit your sitemap!
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