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How to Add and Verify a Website in Google Search Console- Detailed Guide

After creating a website, the next thing that comes to mind is getting traffic and ranking your site higher on search engines.

When we talk about search engines, a name that is very familiar to all of us is Google.

Now, what if I told you it is not possible to get traffic from Google until your site is not indexed. If you are not familiar with the word index. Let me tell you briefly about it.

A search engine is a program that finds the item in its database based on the query the user has entered.

For example, if you are looking for easy and fast dinner recipes and you search for the term “quick dinner recipes”, the search engine will return a list of web pages from its database that are most relevant to your query.

That means for people to find you on Google, you need to a part of the database.

And that is what we are going to learn today. In this article we will be discussing

  1. How to submit your website in Google search console for 3 platforms (WordPress, WordPress.com and Blogspot)
  2. Common errors you can face
  3. Submitting single pages in Google search console
  4. Common error you can face

And much more.

In the upcoming days we will also be sharing how can you get your site indexed in other search engines like Bing and Baidu

So without wasting anytime, let’s start the tutorial.

How to verify website on Google search console

how to verify website in google search console

How does Google find content

To start this off let’s first look at the definition of a very basic term “www” or “worldwide web”.

Worldwide web is made up of 2 words worldwide meaning all across the globe or world and web meaning connected to each other in some form.

Meaning it is a collection of billions of web pages containing text, images, graphics, multimedia that are linked to each other. And all of this information/ documents can be easily accessed users by using links (URL) through web browsers.

Now, often when you browse a website, you may have seen sites liking to other sites or other web pages on the same site. This is what makes web easy to use. You can jump from one page to another by just clicking on these links.

Coming back to the topic

Google is a part of the world wide web. It is impossible to manually create an index or library of billions of web pages available online.

And for this purpose Googlebot was created. It is the name given to the Google web crawler or spider. There are 2 different types of crawlers

  1. Desktop- It crawls/ simulates the desktop version of your site
  2. Smartphone- This crawler crawls the mobile version of your site.

The role of these spiders is to keep crawling the web for new pages, look for updates to existing pages and dead links.

The crawling process begins with a list of URL’s from previous crawls and sitemap data provided by webmasters.

These bots or spiders follow links on web pages and the process is very similar to how we browse the internet. Just like we click on links to go from one page to another, Googlebot crawls the web using these links and bring back data to Google servers.

When it comes across a new site or a web page, it renders the web page in a very similar manner to a browser. In addition to that, it also processes the content, evaluates it based on various ranking factor and signals known as algorithms.

And after this, the page is indexed in Google’s index which is known as caffeine and is ranked accordingly.

It is important to know Google can index your pages via 2 ways

  1. Using the sitemap you provide
  2. Links from the other we entities

Having said that,

Crawling a web page does not mean the page will be indexed. If the crawlers find noindex directive or tag on a page then the page won’t be indexed.

Also, if you are someone experienced and looking to block pages from getting indexed using robots.txt, it is possible that the page might get indexed even if the bots did not visit.

Now. if you are thinking when Google can automatically discover and index the link then 

Why do you need to submit a website to search console

  1. Dependency– Googlebot is a software and you cannot rely on it. It is true that you will eventually get indexed by Google even if you don’t add your site. But is it worth taking the risk. I don’t think so.
  2. Improvements– When you verify your website on search console, you get access to a lot of features and data that lets you know how your website is performing, if there are any errors that you need to fix and much more.
  3. Priority– If you rely on Google for discovery and indexing of your site or a URL. I don’t think so it will indexed instantly and also there is no fixed time frame in which Google will auto index your site or page. To speed up the process, you need to submit your site to Google search console.

Having said that,

This process is fairly simple and will just take a maximum of 10 minutes to complete. 

Recent updates and changes to Google search console

In Jan 2018, Google released an announcement regarding introduction of new search console. Initially the new search console included

  1. Search performance report
  2. Index coverage report
  3. AMP status
  4. Job posting reports

Also, it was stated in the announcement that both old and new search consoles will work simultaneously until the new version is complete. There was a button in the navigation named ” go to old version” in the very bottom that you could use to switch between the two.

The search console you will see today after the verification process has evolved so much from then and includes much more features and functionalities.

Later on this announcement was followed up by another one in which Google discontinued the URL submission tool and stated, in order to add new pages and let the search engine know about the updates to an existing page, any of the below mentioned methods can be used

  1. Submit a sitemap
  2. Use fetch and submit feature

Shortly after this, manual actions report and URL live testing (URL inspection tool) was introduced. It is important to know that fetch and submit feature is a part of the inspection tool.

Also, the property set feature was deprecated as it was only being used by a small number of users and later Google released a very similar feature in the Google search console known as the Domain property.

This feature provides a much easier way to monitor all the variations of your domain in the search console. There are a lot more features in the new console and I will cover them in the upcoming blogs.

How to submit a website in search console

To add a website in search console there are 8 ways. I will be telling you the easy one first. Also, as I have previously said, in this tutorial we’ll be covering all the 3 platforms WordPress, WordPress.com and Blogspot blog.

Having said that 

The first few steps are same and then I have created a navigation to visit each tutorial easily without having to scroll through everything.

Setting up Google search console

The first step in the process is visiting the search console website  and once you reach the site click Start now button on the homepage.

google search console homepage

When you click the start now button, it will take you to a new screen where you need to sign in to your Google account or create a new account if you do not have one.

Keep in mind this is the account that you will be using to access your data in Google search console and also, in case any error show up you will be notified using this email.

sign in to google search console

Once you have signed in, it will take you to a new page where you will see a message that says “Welcome to Google search console” and below that you will be asked to select a property type to start the verification process

property types in search console

Before we move further it is important to understand these property types

  • Domain Property– As you can see on the page, it clearly states when you add your domain using this property, it covers all the sub paths, protocols and sub domains that include your property in the domain name or the URL.

In other words, it is a domain level property, meaning if you have a website example.com that has a blog on blog.example.com, e-commerce store on shop.example.com and mobile version uses m.example.com then all these websites can be monitored and verified when you verify your domain using this property.

  • URL Prefix Property– As the name suggests, using the URL prefix property you can only verify a URL with specific prefix that includes both protocols and sub domains.

For example if you have a website https://example.com that has a blog on https://blog.example.com, then using this property you will be able to verify only one property at a time.

This means to verify and monitor various variants of your URL either you’ll have to use the domain property or verify each URL individually.

types of domain properties search console

Now that you understand the difference, the first platform we will be discussing is WordPress self hosted.

Use this navigation to skip to your platform

How to add WordPress website to Google Search Console

Like I have said before, the first method we will be discussing is the easy way of verifying your website in search console. If you are new to the online world or are not comfortable with technical stuff, let me tell you this method is very simple and you will not need any assistance if you follow this tutorial carefully.

This method involves 

Adding a website to search console using URL Prefix property

To add a website to search console using the URL prefix property, the first step is to select URL Prefix in the Google search console homepage where it asks you to select a property type.

When you make the selection, the first thing you will notice is the color of the section will change from White to Gray.

adding website to search console using url prefix

There is another way to add a property and this is just for knowledge and the end result will be the same.

Alternatively, you can click on the 3 horizontal lines just before the Google search console logo and it will open a drop-down with an option to add property.

On clicking, it will open a popup that will ask you to select a property type and will look exactly the same as the search console welcome page.

property types in search console popup

When you select one, the color will change to gray as mentioned above.

Moving forward,

Once you select URL Prefix property, you will see a box where you need to enter the URL of your website.

It is important to keep in mind

  1. You need to add the full URL of your website including the protocol for example https://geekyplug.com or https://www.geekyplug.com
  2. Search engines treat HTTP and HTTPS as 2 different version of a website. Make sure you are adding the link with the correct protocol, be it HTTP or HTTPS.

submit website in search console

Once you have entered the correct URL, click continue and first it will show you a popup with the message “Checking Verification” and after that it will show you a popup with all the website ownership verification methods in search console.

website ownership verification methods search console

These methods include verification using

  1. HTML Tag
  2. HTML File Upload
  3. Google Analytics
  4. Google Tag Manager (GTM)
  5. Domain Name Provider

You can click on any of the links above and it will take you to your method of choice. If you are new or not comfortable with technical stuff I will recommend using HTML tag which is the easiest of them all and explained below

Before you move forward, keep in mind once you are done verifying the website, make sure to add the Sitemap in search console.
Sitemap is auto generated by the SEO plugins you are using and can be found at either
https://example.com/sitemap_index.xml
OR
https://example.com/sitemap.xml

How to verify a website in Google search console using HTML tag

To verify a website’s ownership in search console using HTML tag, the first step in the process is locating the HTML tag option in the popup and then clicking it to reveal the code.

verify website in search console using html tag 

Once you have the code, there are 2 ways to do it

  1. Manually
  2. Using Plugins

First we will be discussing, How can you verify your WordPress website manually using HTML tag

Now that you have the HTML tag, the second step in the process is to login to your WordPress dashboard in second browser tab and do not close the search console tab and popup.

In the next step you need to navigate to Appearance >> Theme editor and on performing this action, it will show you all the theme related files and you will see something similar to the screenshot below.

editing theme files in wordpress

You can see on the right there is a list of theme related files. Now, in the next step you need to locate a file named theme header or header.php. If you are using a child theme there are chances that you will only have 2 files in this list and those are style.css and function.php. If you have the header.php skip to this step

In this case you need to follow the steps below

  1. Login to your hosting cpanel
  2. Go to file manager
  3. open the folder public_html
  4. select the folder with your site name (if you have multiple sites hosted and if its a single site ignore this step)
  5. Find the wp-content folder 
  6. In this folder you will find themes folder

When you reach the themes folder you will find folders with the name of your main theme and child theme. In the next step 

  1. Open the parent/main theme folder
  2. find the header.php file 
  3. Copy the file

Once you are done till here you need to paste/ upload it in the child theme folder. In the final step refresh your WordPress dashboard and you will see it in the list.

Coming back to the topic

Once you find the header.php file, click to open the file >> copy the HTML tag from search console tab and paste it above the </head> tag.

adding search console verification html tag to header.php

When you are done adding the code, click update file in the bottom to save changes. In the last step, you need to go back to the search console tab and click verify.

And that’s it. You have successfully verified your website in search console manually.

Before we move to, how to can you do this using plugins, it is important to know certain themes like Genesis by StudioPress give you the option to add the code in the theme header without having to edit the header.php file.

The theme I am currently using for this demo is a Genesis child theme and has this option in the theme’s customization. Here are the steps

  1. Login to WordPress dashboard
  2. go to website homepage
  3. Click customization
  4. Navigate to theme settings

And in theme settings you will find header and footer scripts.

adding html tag to header from theme customization

And the final step involves adding the code in the header scripts box and clicking  publish button. It is also important to know, all themes do not support this and if your theme does then path may be different.

Once you are done till here make sure you add the sitemap in search console as mentioned before. For that you need to go in the search console dashboard and then to sitemap.  You just to enter the name of the sitemap in the box provided and submit it.

After you have entered the sitemap, your work is basically done. However in this article I have shared more information such as adding single pages and posts to search console, how to check if your website or pages are indexed or not. Navigate to that section by clicking here

Having said that,

It is time to move forward and learn

How can you verify a website in search console using plugins

In this article we will be showing you how to do it using 3 plugins

  1. Insert Headers and Footers
  2. Yoast SEO
  3. Rank Math

Before we begin, some of you may be thinking why use Insert headers and footers plugin when you are already using Yoast or Rank Math.

It is important to know at times you need to add code snippets other than the verification codes to the header or footer of your site. And these SEO plugins may not have the feature to let you add certain code snippets, in that situation you will need this plugin.

So let’s dive in to the tutorial.

Using Insert Headers and Footers plugin

To add the search console verification code using Insert headers and footers plugin, the first step is to download the plugin. You can do that by navigating to Plugins >> Add New in your WordPress dashboard. 

It will take you to the free built-in WordPress repository and the next step is to search for the plugin using its name. Once you find the plugin click install and then activate it.

If you are new to WordPress and are unfamiliar with installing plugins follow our guide on How to install a WordPress plugin

In the next step you need to head over to Settings >> Insert Headers and Footers

When you perform the above step it will take you to the settings of the plugin. And in the settings you will see 2 boxes with headings

  1. Scripts in header
  2. Scripts in Footer

Now, you need to copy the complete verification code/ HTML tag from the search console tab and paste it in the Scripts in header box. Once done, click save bottom at the very bottom.

adding search console verification code using plugin

The last step is to go back to the tab where you have search console opened and click verify.

And that’s it. You are done adding your website to search console using plugin.

Using Yoast SEO

The next plugin on the list is the very popular Yoast SEO. I m sure some of you will be planning on using this as your SEO guide for optimizing posts.

In case you haven’t installed Yoast SEO yet, but are thinking about doing it. Let me tell you in order to add the search console verification code, the first thing you have to do is install and configure Yoast SEO properly.

Once you have done that, click the Yoast icon on the WordPress dashboard sidebar and it will take you to general settings. In general settings you will find 3 tabs

  1. Dashboard
  2. Features
  3. Webmaster tools

Click webmaster tools tab and it will show you the box where you need to enter the Google search console verification tag.

In the next step, you need to copy the complete verification HTML tag and paste it in the box in front of Google Verification code

How to verifiy a website in Google search console using Yoast

In the last step, all you need to do is click save changes to add the HTML tag to the header and on doing that you will notice, it will only show the verification key and the rest of the code will be auto removed.

search console website verification using yoast

Once you are done till here, go back to the search console tab and click verify. 

And congrats, you have successfully verified your website in Google search console using Yoast SEO

Using Rank Math

If you are using Yoast SEO, you can skip this section as Rank Math is a SEO plugin and performs the same function as Yoast SEO and you only need any one of these plugins.

However, Rank Math has more features as compared to Yoast SEO, and I am personally using both but my inclination is more towards Rank Math.

Having said that,

The first step in the process is installing and activating Rank Math. It is a free plugin my MyThemeShop and you can install in directly from the WordPress plugin repository present in your WordPress dashboard.

Once you activate the plugin, go to the Rank Math settings, it will take you to general settings then click webmaster tools and you will see the first option is for the search console verification.

Copy the complete HTML tag from the search console tab and paste it in the box and click save changes in the bottom of the page.

How to verify a website in search console using Rank math 

After you click save changes, you will notice only the HTML tag will be removed and you will only find the verification code.

search console verification using rank math

The last step is to go back to the tab where you have the search console opened and click verify to complete the process. It is important to keep in mind before you perform all these steps you need to set up Rank Math correctly.

And that’s it. You have successfully verified your website in search console using Rank Math.

Common errors in HTML tag verification

When you are verifying your site in search console, there are chances that errors can occur. Here are some common errors you can face.

  • Placement of code– Placement of the code snippet is important as Google will look for the code on the home page. Chances are very low that the code will be placed on any other page as you will be adding it to the header file of the theme.

However, it is important to know that the snippet must be placed between <head> and </head> tags. The easy way to do it is either placing it right above </head> tag or using plugins.

  • Cache– When it comes to speeding up a website, cache plays a vital role. Think about a scenario where you have placed the correct code in the right place and still getting an error. In this situation, you need to clear your cache and the error will resolve.

If you have recently started a website and looking for a robust cache plugin, I will highly recommend using WP Rocket. I personally use this plugin and it will significantly boost your website speed.

  • Copy and Paste error– This can happen to the best of us. To avoid any errors that arise due to copying and pasting, the only thing I recommend is copying the code directly from search console and then pasting it where ever required.

It minimizes the chances of adding extra space or getting the wrong snippet copied.

After you have entered the sitemap, your work is basically done. However, in this article I have shared more information such as adding single pages and posts to search console, how to check if your website or pages are indexed or not. Navigate to that section by clicking here

Having said that

Next we are going to learn

How to verify your website in search console using HTML file upload

To verify your site in search console using the HTML file upload, the first thing you need is the HTML file. This is a recommended verification method and before we begin here are

Things to remember before uploading HTML file 

  1. When you upload the file in the root folder of your website make sure you do not edit anything. The content of the file and the name has to be same or else you will get an error.
  2. If you have multiple sites make sure you upload the file in correct folder.
  3. In case you have redirected an old domain to a new one, make sure you upload the file in allowed location/ new site root folder as Googlebot does not follow redirects. Redirects within a site are fine.

Having said that,

When you add your website to search console, this will be listed as the first method.

How to Add and Verify a Website in Google Search Console- Detailed Guide

Click the file name to download the file and now 2 upload this file there are 2 ways

  1. Upload directly through cpanel
  2. Upload using FTP

To upload the HTML file directly through cpanel, follow the steps listed below

  1. Login to your hosting cpanel
  2. Go to file manager
  3. Open public_html folder
  4. Select the folder with the name of your website (if you are hosting multiple domains)

If you are hosting a single domain, ignore step 4 and you will have to upload this file in public_html only.

Once you are in the folder click upload button to upload the file in the root directory. Make sure you check if the correct file has been uploaded.

After you are done uploading, go back to the search console window and click verify. And you will be verified instantly.

Congrats!! You have successfully verified your website in search console using HTML file upload. 

After you have entered the sitemap, your work is basically done. However, in this article I have shared more information such as adding single pages and posts to search console, how to check if your website or pages are indexed or not. Navigate to that section by clicking here

If you want to learn how to do this via FTP, I will release a detailed article on it.

The next method we are going to discuss is

How to verify website ownership in search console using Google Analytics

This is a very simple method, but has a few requirements

  1. You must already have Google analytics on your site.
  2. To verify your site, the account that you are using for verification must have the edit permission in Google analytics. I will suggest using the same account for both search console and analytics

If you fulfill the above requirements, the first thing you have to do is select Google analytics from the list of verification methods in the popup

How to verify website in search console using google analytics

When you select Google Analytics, it will open a drop down and you will see a verify button. Now, all you have to do is hit that button and your site will be verified instantly.

And that is it. 

After everything is verified, you will see a success message stating you have successfully verified website using Google analytics. It is this easy.

After you have entered the sitemap, your work is basically done. However, in this article I have shared more information such as adding single pages and posts to search console, how to check if your website or pages are indexed or not. Navigate to that section by clicking here

The next method on the list is 

How to verify your website in search console using Google tag manager

Before we begin the verification process there are a few requirements

  1. It is mandatory to have admin level access/ permission in the Google Tag Manager account.
  2. The <noscript> part of the tag manager code must be placed right after opening the <body> tag of the page.
  3. Do not insert any data layer or anything else (except HTML comments) between the <body> tag and GTM code.
  4. Do not modify the code at all. Use it exactly the way it is provided

With that said,

Once you have fulfilled with the above requirements, you need to login to Google search console using the same Google account as GTM

Now, from the list of verification methods select Google Tag Manager. When you click GTM, it will open a drop down and you will see the verification button in the bottom.

How to verify website in search console using google tag manager

Click verify button and in a moment you will get the verification message. 

Congrats!!! You have successfully verified your website in Google search console using GTM.

After you have entered the sitemap, your work is basically done. However, in this article I have shared more information such as adding single pages and posts to search console, how to check if your website or pages are indexed or not. Navigate to that section by clicking here

The next method we are going to discuss is

How to verify a website in search console using DNS record

Before we begin, if you have been following the tutorial from the beginning, then you already know when you add a website to search console, in the first step you have to select a property type.

  1. Domain property also known as domain level verification of a website that can only be done using DNS verification
  2. URL prefix property in which you can only verify a specific URL associated with your domain and this can be done using the methods listed above and using DNS record verification.

In case you add your website to search console using URL prefix property and verify the ownership using Domain name provider or DNS record. The search console will show all the URL’s across all subdomains and protocols.

This means both these methods are same.

Having said that,

It is important to know this domain level verification of a website in Google search console can be done in 2 ways, and we will be discussing both

Adding a website in search console using domain property

  • Using URL Prefix Property

For domain level verification of your site using the URL prefix property. Follow the steps listed below

  1. Login to search console
  2. Select URL prefix property
  3. Add the exact URL of the website
  4. Click continue

On clicking continue a popup will appear that has a list of all the verification methods. Find the drop down with the name Domain Name Provider and click it.

When you click, it will show you the text record that you need to add.

How to verify website in search console using dns record

It is important to notice, the second point in the instructions display your main URL and excludes everything else.

If you are done till here, click here to continue as I will be briefly explaining the second method.

  • Using Domain Property

To verify ownership of a website in Google search console using Domain Property follow the steps below

  1. Login to Google search console
  2. Select domain property
  3. Add the main URL (exclude protocols and subdomains)

This means if you want to verify https://example.com, you need to enter example.com only

How to add website to search console using domain property

Once you have entered the domain, click continue. In a moment, a popup will appear that will show you the DNS records that you need to add.

Also, if you haven’t skipped, you can see both the verification methods take you to the same popup.

domain level verification of website in search console

Once you are done till here,

In the next step you need to copy the code and there are 3 scenarios

  1. Domain name and hosting from same company
  2. Domain name and hosting are from different companies
  3. Using CDN or Content delivery network

You can use the above links to navigate to the section that applicable to you.


Note- You need to add the verification code to the account that is managing your name servers
Also, certain values may differ if you are using different hosting provider. However, if it says default value or leave it as it is. The value will be same for every hosting provider

  • If you have a domain name and web hosting from same service provider or company

For example, You have purchased a hosting plan from Bluehost and are using the free domain included in your plan.

In this situation, all you need to do is login to your hosting dashboard and navigate to domains, It will show the list of domains you have on the account.

In front of the domain name, you can see manage button with a drop down.

adding search console verification record bluehost

Click arrow on manage button and it will show you a list of options and out of those select DNS/ Zone editor.

dns zone editor bluehost

When you click, it will take you to a new page where you need to find “Add DNS Record“. When you find the option, you can see the type is by default set to A.

adding dns record bluehost

You need to change it to TXT by selecting it from the drop down menu

changing dns record value to txt

Also, you will notice Points To changes to TXT Value. Now you need to add the below values carefully

Host Record as example.com (Name of your website or leave it blank as required)
TTL– 14400 (it is the default value)
Type– TXT (you just changed this)
TXT Value– Paste the complete verification code

Note- These values are for Bluehost. However, most values will remain same. You don’t have to add any value other than the verification code. Rest of the values are either default or instructed by the tool itself.

adding dns record for google site verification

After you are done adding values, check and re-check again if every value entered is correct. And the next is to click Add Record button and go back to search console tab and click verify.

Now, there are chances that verification may not be completed instantly as you need to give this some time for the changes to propagate.

  • If you have domain name with one company and hosting with another

For example, you have domain name from GoDaddy and web hosting from Siteground

In this situation, you have to login to your hosting dashboard and go to domains. In Siteground it is located in Site tools

domain level settings siteground

On clicking domain, it will show you additional options out of which you need to select DNS Zone Editor

dns zone editor siteground

When you select DNS Zone editor, it will take you to a new screen where the first option will be Create New Record. And all you have to do is select TXT and enter the details as mentioned below

Name– enter your website name or leave it empty (As required)
TTL– 1 hr (it is the default value)
Value– Complete Google verification code

Note- These values are for Siteground. However, most values will remain same. You don’t have to add any value other than the verification code. Rest of the values are either default or instructed by the tool itself.

See the below screenshot from reference

adding dns record siteground

And the last step is clicking Create button and once the record is created, go back to the Google search console tab and hit verify button.

Remember that changes may take longer to reflect. The verification won’t be instant.

  • When you are using a CDN such as Cloudflare

In this case, the first step is to login to your Cloudflare account and select your website and it will take you to the dashboard.

In the next step you need to select DNS from the navigation and it will show you the option to Add Record

adding dns record cloudflare

Click Add Record button and a box will appear where you need to add the verification code. Change the Type from to TXT.

Just add “@” in the name
TTL should be on Auto
In Content add the complete verification code

Note- These values are for Cloudflare. However, most values will remain same. You don’t have to add any value other than the verification code. Rest of the values are either default or instructed by the tool itself.

Follow the below image for reference

creating dns record cloudflare

The last step is to click Save button and  click Verify on search console popup. And now you just have to wait for sometime for changes to propagate.

After you have entered the sitemap, your work is basically done. However, in this article I have shared more information such as adding single pages and posts to search console, how to check if your website or pages are indexed or not. Navigate to that section by clicking here

These are all the methods that you can use to verify your WordPress website on Google search console.

I have discussed everything you need to know about adding and verifying a WordPress website on search console. 

Like I said, I will be covering 2 more platforms in this article and after WordPress, I will be discussing

How to add a WordPress.com website in Google search console

If you are a Blogspot user click this link to jump to Blogger site verification.

First things first, I m assuming you already know WordPress.com does not allow adding/editing code or using plugins to add functionality in the free account. To use these features you need to upgrade.

You may like to readWordPress.com vs WordPress.org

Having said that,

It is very easy to add a WordPress.com blog to Google search console as you get access to certain Jetpack features that allow you to add the Google’s website verification code.

So without wasting anymore time, lets dive in to tutorial

How to verify a WordPress.com website in search console

To verify your WordPress.com website in Google search console, the first step is to visit search console and sign in using an account that you want to associate with this website.

Once you have signed in, on the welcome page you will get an option to pick a property type and the 2 properties are

  1. Domain
  2. URL Prefix

I am assuming you have the free WordPress.com sub domain as the URL of your website. If you want to use a custom domain name you will have to upgrade and I do not recommend doing that.

Having said that,

You need to select URL Prefix property and add the complete website link in the space provided and click Continue

how to add wordpress.com website in search console

When you click continue, a popup will appear that will show you all the website ownership verification methods.

Out of all the methods listed, we will be using the HTML tag verification. For this you need to scroll a little and you will find the option that says “Add a meta tag to your site’s home page”. Click it and it will show the complete meta tag.

how to verify wordpress.com website in search console

Once you are done till here, in a new tab login to your WordPress.com dashboard and navigate to Tools >> Marketing. These options are located on the left sidebar.

wordpress.com dashboard

On clicking marketing, it will take you to Marketing and Integration and you will see 4 tabs

  1. Marketing tools
  2. Traffic
  3. Connections
  4. Sharing buttons

Out of these, you need to select Traffic and scroll down until you find Site verification services. Using this you can verify a website on Pinterest and other search engines such as Bing and Yandex. 

In the next step, go back to the search console tab and copy the complete HTML tag and paste it in the box that is in front of Google.

adding google verification code

Once you are done, click Save Settings on top ang go back to the search console tab and click Verify. 

And that’s it. You have successfully verified your WordPress.com blog on Google search console.

In case you get an error, make sure you check and re-check the verification code you have entered. If the code is correct then wait for some time for changes to reflect and the click Verify.

Before you move forward, keep in mind once you are done verifying the website, make sure to add the Sitemap in search console. Sitemap is auto generated by WordPress.com and can be found at either

https://example.com/sitemap_index.xml
OR
https://example.com/sitemap.xml

After you have entered the sitemap, your work is basically done. However, in this article I have shared more information such as adding single pages and posts to search console, how to check if your website or pages are indexed or not. Navigate to that section by clicking here

Moving forward,

The next platform we will be discussing here is Google’s Blogspot or Blogger.

How to add Blogspot blog in Google search console

Blogger is another very popular blogging platform by Google and gives you a lot more control when compared with WordPress.com

For example, you can edit the code on Blogger whereas you have to pay in WordPress.com. Also, you can use a custom domain name on your Blogspot for free and to use a personal domain you have to upgrade in WordPress.com.

If you are using Blogspot sub domain, I recommend you use a custom domain name as it will help you build your brand and authority and the most important thing is, if later you want to move to WordPress self hosted, then you will not have to work on building that authority again. You will just have to change platforms.

Recommended Read- Benefits of Custom Domain Name

Having said that,

Let’s dive into the process.

How to verify Blogspot blog in Google search console

In order to verify a Blogspot blog in search console, the first thing you have to do is login to your Blogger dashboard.

A Blogspot blog can be verified in 2 ways

  1. Directly through platform
  2. Using HTML tag

In most cases, the blog will get auto verified as search console and blogger are 2 platforms by Google, The only thing you have to keep in mind is that the blogger and verification accounts have to be the same.

If in any scenario this doesn’t work then you can use the HTML tag method. I have discussed both the methods below

To verify your Blogspot blog, the first step is to login to your dashboard and navigate to Settings >> Search Preferences

Once you enter Search Preference settings, you need to locate Crawlers and Indexing and under that you will find Google Search Console

google search console settings blogger

In the next step, you have to click edit and it will automatically open the Google search console in a new tab.

On the welcome page, select URL prefix property, add the complete blog URL and click Continue.

how to verify blogspot website in search console

When you click continue, it will show you a popup that the website ownership is auto verified as it is a Google product.

verify blogspot website in search console automatically

And that’s it. It is this simple.

Now, it under any circumstances you not get this popup and instead you get a list of verification methods, then in that situation, you need to find HTML tag in the list. 

Once you find it, click it to reveal the meta tag and go back to the Blogger dashboard (do not close the search console tab). 

Navigate to Themes and click the 3 dots on the top right. A menu will appear out of which you need to select edit as HTML.

edit blogspot theme

On clicking, it will show you the code of theme you are using and now you have to find <head> tag and place the meta tag right below it.

After you are done making the changes, save the changes you have made and go back to the search console tab and click verify.

And congrats, you have successfully submitted your Blogspot blog in Google search console.

After you are done submitting your site to search console, make sure you add the sitemap. To add a sitemap, select your property on the Google search console homepage and click on sitemaps in the Google search console navigation

Once you are there, you will see the option to add a sitemap. For Blogspot, users all you have to do is add atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500 and click submit as shown in the screenshot below.

add sitemap in search console for blogspot blog

And once you hit submit button you will see the status as Success. 

Now, that you have submitted your site in Google, the next step is

How to add individual pages to Google search console

Adding single pages to Google search console is very simple, Earlier, there used to be an option available named fetch and render which is now replaced by the URL Inspection Tool.

To submit pages or posts to search console, all you need to do is copy the link of web page that you want to index and login to search console and select the property.

You will enter the search console dashboard and on top you can see a search box, it clearly states “Inspect any URL”.

Note– This process is same for every platform, be it WordPress Blogspot,, WordPress.com or any other platform or CMS your are using.

url inspection tool in google search console

In the search box paste the complete URL of the page that you want to index and press enter. When you press enter, a dialogue box will appear containing the message “Retrieving data from Google index” and it will take you to a new page where you can see the option to request indexing.

request indexing in search console

When you click Request Indexing, you will see a message “Testing if Live URL can be indexed” and if everything is fine you will see a popup with a message Indexing requested.

indexing requested

The last step is to click Got it and that is all you have to do to index a page in Google.

Now, that your website is properly submitted.  This takes me to my next question which is 

How to check if a website is indexed in Google

To check if your site is indexed or not, the first step is to login to Google search console and select the website/ property.

Once you are in the dashboard, locate Index and click Coverage under that.

coverage reports in Google search console

When you click it, it will show you which URL’s are indexed and which are excluded or showing errors or warnings.

complete coverage reports search console

You can click on Valid and scroll down a little to click on the reports to see which URL’s are indexed.

detailed coverage reports search console

Alternatively, 

You can visit Google.com and search for site:example.com and it will show you if your site is indexed or not. Also, you can use this technique to check if individual pages or posts are indexed or not. For single pages/ posts you need to search for site:example.com/your-page.html

how to check if a website is indexed

Now, you can see in the screenshot above, it is showing pages and posts indexed from geekyplug.com and in case, the site may not have been indexed the search result would have come out empty.

If you are thinking how much time does it take to index a website in Google, I will say probably wait for 2-3 days for the results to show up.

Recap- How can you add a website in Google

Before leaving let’s do a recap on what is required when adding a website in Google.

  1. If you are not much into the technical side of running a website or coding, the verification method I will recommend is HTML tag.
  2. Keep in mind the code you are adding or the file you are uploading for verification has to be just the way it is provided by Google. Do not edit anything.
  3. In case crawlers comes across noindex tag, the page won’t be indexed. You will have to remove the tag in order to index it.
  4. After you are done verifying the website, make sure you add the sitemap in search console as well.
  5. If you are using nofollow as a way to block crawlers from not indexing a page, let me tell you need to use techniques as that is not recommended.

And keeping those points in mind. I hope you find this tutorial helpful and are able to add your website in Google.

After this make sure you follow our On page SEO cheat sheet to optimize your site to rank higher on search engines and enable Pinterest rich pins to increase its visibility on Pinterest.

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Jasmeet Singh

The author Jasmeet Singh

Jasmeet Singh is the Blogging El Jefe at GeekyPlug. Started his career as a BPO employee and now is a full-time blogger and writes how-to guides and his personal experiences related to blogging. In his spare time, he likes to read books, listen to podcasts and play video games.

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