Google Search Console for WordPress Websites

This guide will show you how to easily submit your website and make your site shine in Google Search results, and for this guide, I’ll assume that you already have a Google Account set up.

I highly recommend having Google Search Console set up the day you launch your website, even if you’re not going to look at the data right away.

Add Your Website to Google Search Console (GSC)

Domain Property

  1. Log into Google Search Console with an existing Google account or create a new account specifically for this website.
  2. Under the Google Search Console, click ‘Add Property’, and click ‘Add Property’ again.
  3. For the Domain property type, enter a naked domain (see image). (Note: You do not enter anything before your domain name such as “www”, “https://”, etc.).
  4. Click Continue.

Domain Verification

For the next steps, we need to make some additions to DNS and since I use Cloudflare for all DNS services, I’ll cover how to make changes over there.

Note: Be sure to check out the Cloudflare CDN for WordPress Websites guide even if you’re already using Cloudflare.

  1. Log into Cloudflare.
  2. Choose the website that you want to verify as part of this guide.
  3. Browse to the DNS tab.
  4. Click the +Add Record button.
  5. Using the DNS Record type drop-down, select ‘TXT’.
  6. Enter the values given to you by Google, using the image below as a reference.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Go back to the Google Search Console and click Verify.
mylisting club google search console for mylisting websites add website property verification

If everything goes well, you should see the image below, and after you click GO TO PROPERTY, you’ll notice that Google has started to process your website’s data.

You’ll want to give Google some time, checking back every 15 minutes or so until the processing has completed.

mylisting club google search console for mylisting websites add website property verification completed

Submit Your Sitemap

The next thing you’ll want to do is submit your website’s sitemap to Google to help Google understand the content and URL structure of your website.

Note: If you happen to use SEOPress as I do, you can find your various sitemaps by going to SEO > XML / HTML Sitemap > View Sitemap.

For these instructions, we’ll just be looking to add a top-level sitemap, which is to simply append /sitemaps.xml after your website’s URL.

  1. Launch the Google Search Console.
  2. Go to Sitemaps.
  3. Paste in your sitemap URL.
  4. Click Submit.

With your sitemap now submitted, you’ll want to keep a watch on the console, ensuring that your sitemap is showing a “Success” status.

mylisting club google search console for mylisting websites sitemap

Jumpstart New Content Indexing

One of the items on my Off-Page SEO checklist is to submit a new URL to Google using the Google Search Console.

Assuming there isn’t something preventing Google from indexing your website, or the content you wish to be indexed, it’s true that Google will eventually index your content automatically.

That said, I like to set the wheels in motion as soon as I press “publish”, and I do this using the options below.

SEOPress Instant Indexing

If you use SEOPress as I do, you can enjoy automatic, instant indexing of your content, the moment you publish it.

Please see the How to Configure SEOPress for WordPress Websites guide for some easy steps on how to set this feature up.

GSC Request Indexing

If you don’t use SEOPress and you don’t mind more of a manual method, the steps below can be used to tell Google you have some new content to index.

  1. Launch the Google Search Console.
  2. Click on URL Inspection.
  3. Paste in the full URL (e.g. https://your-url.com).
  4. Hit Enter.
  5. Click Request Indexing.

Pro Tip: If you want Google to attempt to crawl your entire website, entering the default top-level URL of your website (e.g. https://yourdomain) is how that’s done.

mylisting club google search console for mylisting websites request indexing

Grant Access to Your GSC Property

Whether you’re working on a team or you need to temporarily grant access to an outside consultant, these steps will show you how to easily invite someone to a specific property within your Google Search Console.

  1. Launch the Google Search Console.
  2. Choose the Property (i.e. website) you wish to grant access to.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Users and Permissions.
  5. Click Add User.
  6. Enter the email address for the team member.
  7. Choose the desired permissions for the user, referencing the image below. (Note: In most cases, when we’re talking about a team, you’ll want to grant Full access.).
mylisting club google search console for mylisting websites grant access

Connect GSC to Google Analytics

Linking Google Search Console and Google Analytics can improve your ability to get more insight into how your website is interacted with, helping you better understand how your content resonates with the visitors of your website.

  1. Launch the Google Search Console.
  2. Choose the Property (i.e. website) you wish to grant access to.
  3. Settings > Associations > Click ‘Associate’.
  4. Choose the desired property.
  5. Click ‘Continue’.
  6. Click ‘Associate’.
mylisting club google search console for mylisting websites grant access

Ongoing GSC Maintenance

Google Search Console is not a set it and forget it, but luckily Google makes things a bit easier on us by sending out email notifications when they detect issues.

It’s important that you have access to the email on file with Google and that you regularly check it or you can set up an email forwarding rule that sends these particular messages to an account you are checking throughout each day.

Depending on the criticality of your SEO, there may be items that you want to fix right away, some that can wait, and some that are just recommendations that may or may not apply to your website.

I offer WordPress Website Care that includes unlimited small tasks and helping you decipher and address any notifications that come from Google is often considered a small task.

Remove a Property From Your Account

Linking Google Search Console and Google Analytics can improve your ability to get more insight into how your website is interacted with, helping you better understand how your content resonates with the visitors of your website.

  1. Launch the Google Search Console.
  2. Choose the Property (i.e. website) you wish to remove.
  3. Settings > Click ‘Remove Property’.