How to Add Your WordPress Website to Google Search Console

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I am glad to see you giving the health of your website some thought!

Google search console will give you some great tools to both monitor and optimize your website. I will go over some of those tools in an upcoming post.

After you verify your WordPress site with Google Search Console, be sure to check out my post on How to Verify Bing Webmasters Tools.

Now let’s add your site to Google Search Console!

Step 1

Login to the backend of your WordPress website and hover over Plugins on the left side. Then click “Add New”.


Wordpress add new plugin

Step 2

On the right side, you will see a search bar, type Yoast SEO in the search bar. Then click on “Install” (mine says “Update Now” but for you, it will say “Install”). Once installed you can go through the configuration wizard and set up Yoast SEO. You can do that later, but for setting up Google Search Console just having it installed is enough for now.

Installing Yoast SEO in order to quickly verify Google Search Console.

Step 3

Head on over to Google Search Console and enter the URL of your website into the URL prefix option then click “Continue”.

Google Search Console URL Prefix

Step 4

Ignore the top option and click on the HTML tag dropdown arrow.

how to add wordpress site to google search console using HTML tag and Yoast SEO

Step 5

Highlight and copy the meta tag within the quotation marks. See the screenshot below (you will be highlighting the portion in red). Don’t click verify just yet, it is the last step of the process.

Google Search Console HTML Tag

Step 6

Head back to your website’s dashboard and on the left hover over Yoast SEO and click “General”.

Yoast SEO logo in the WordPress Dashboard

Step 7

Click on the “Webmaster Tools” tab and then paste the meta tag from step 5 into the Google Verification Code in Yoast and click “Save Changes”.

Step 8

Head back to your Google Search Console and click “Verify”. That is it, you have now figured out how to add your WordPress site to Google Search Console.

Click verify and your site is now connected to Google Search Console

Conclusion

You should be proud of yourself! You have taken a big step in monitoring the health of your website. I encourage you to keep learning and improving your WordPress website. Lastly, I hope you found this post to be both helpful and simple to follow.

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