Google Search Console Verification

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If you want to use Google Search Console (previously Google Webmaster Tools) to monitor how Google sees your website, then All in One SEO Pack offers a convenient way of authenticating your site with Google Search Console.

First, go to Google Search Console and log into your Google account.

Once you’re logged in, you’ll see a Welcome screen as shown below. Enter the domain name or URL of your website.  If you enter the URL, make sure that the HTTP / HTTPS matches what you have set for your website.

You’ll now see a screen with two sections: “Recommended verification method” and “Other verification methods”.  You have multiple choices for how to verify your site, we’ll cover the two simplest methods below:

Verification using Google Analytics

By far the easiest and best method to verify your site is to select the Google Analytics method.  With this method, all you have to do is set up your site in Google Analytics and then add your Google Analytics Tracking ID in All in One SEO.  This is covered in the tutorial here.

Once you’ve added your Google Analytics Tracking ID in All in One SEO, or have added Google Analytics tracking code to your site using any other plugin, then click the Verify button in the Google Analytics method as shown below:

That’s all!  Super easy!

Verification using HTML tag

The alternate method for verifying your site that we recommend is the HTML tag method.  Expand this section on the Verify ownership screen and click the COPY button as shown below:

Paste this into a text editor application.  It should look something like this:

<meta name=”google-site-verification” content=”XxXxpSSP9koQfmElGirIuIBGPxcVWMTb6UXxXx” />

Now copy ONLY the string of random text between the quotes that looks like this “XxXxpSSP9koQfmElGirIuIBGPxcVWMTb6UXxXx” and go to All in One SEO > General Settings > Webmaster Verification and paste this text into the Google Search Console field and click Update Options.  It should look like this:

Go back to the Google Search Console page and click the Verify button and you’re done.

For more information, take a look at the video from Google on verifying site ownership in Google Search Console here.

Useful Links:

  1. Google Search Console
  2. Google help on adding a website property
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