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SEO —  Using Google Search Console

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September 20, 2019

 

Besides On-site optimisation & Off-site optimisation, you can use tools like Google Search Console to improve the indexation of your site. Start by creating a Google Search Console account and follow the steps below: 

 


 

1. VERIFY YOUR WEBSITE 


1. Go to your Google Search Console account.
2. Click Add property.
3. You will be asked to select a property type, from two options - Domain or URL Prefix. Choose URL prefix.
4. Enter your website's domain URL i.e https://www.delphinelinder.com.
5. Click Continue.
6. Choose the HTML tag method. Copy the meta tag provided — it looks like this: 
<meta name="google-site-verification" content="rs_HqdF17XT0e01f6L1yYH-g4OC14_XetyVVagSuRY8" />
7. Paste this code in your admin panel under Settings → General → Website → Meta verification snippet. 
8. Once the code has been added, after around 30 minutes, click on the Verify button in Google Search Console.
9. If the code has been added correctly, Google will then complete the verification of your website.

Please note that when your site is verified, you may have to wait a few days before being able to use the Search Console. The delay depends on Google not Portfoliobox.
 

As Google explains it: 
"When you add your site to Search Console, it may take some time before diagnostic and other data is available. This is normal; it can take some time for Search Console to gather and process data for your site. In general, if you see a "No data yet" message, check back later. Once Google starts crawling your site more often, you'll notice that Search Console will begin to show more detailed data, and that this data is updated more often."


 

2. SUBMIT YOUR SITEMAP


A sitemap is a file where you can list the web pages of your site to tell search engines about the organization of your site content. Search engine web crawlers like Googlebot read this file to more intelligently crawl your site. Also, your sitemap can provide valuable metadata associated with the pages you list in that sitemap: Metadata is information about a web page, such as when the page was last updated, how often the page is changed, and the importance of the page relative to other URLs in the site.
 

1. Expand the Index menu on the left menu.
2. Click Sitemaps.
3. Enter sitemap.xml in the field Add a new sitemap, after your verified domain name.
4. Press Submit.


Google will now place your sitemap in its queue and when you reach the top its Googlebot will visit the sitemap and index your pages. Once it has done so you'll be able to see how many pages are appearing in the index and whether it found any problems while crawling the site. We recommend that each time you make changes to your website in Create and publish, that you also re-submit your sitemap in Google Search Console too.

 

Google's advice:
"Using a sitemap doesn't guarantee that all the items in your sitemap will be crawled and indexed, as Google processes rely on complex algorithms to schedule crawling. However, in most cases, your site will benefit from having a sitemap, and you'll never be penalized for having one."​

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