In this post, we will see how you can get your website verified with Google.
Your website is incomplete if you are not getting traffics from the search engines like Google, Bing and Others. Creating a website or blog is easy but getting traffic requires effort. Thanks to Google and other search engines. They make our life easier by listing our websites in their database. So when people search for a topic in Google, Bing or other search engines, which is relevant to your blog, the search results also contain the name of your website. The question is Do these search engines charge you for listing your website in their Database.
The answer is NO. It is absolutely a free service provided by Google and other search engines and you do not need to pay a single dime out of your pocket.
This is an automated process. But you will need to put a small effort from your side to make these search engines know about your website and help them finding your contents.
This is a 2 step process. The first step, get your websites verified with these search engines. Second, let them know about your blog contents with the help of a file named sitemap.
In this post, I will explain how to get your Website verified with Google. I will also write another post on How to submit Your Blog’s Sitemap on Google.
Google Search Console
Google Search Console is the place where you will go to verify your website. It was previously known as Google Webmasters until they rebranded it as Search Console.
To get started, Go to Google Search Console Homepage and click on “Add a Property“.
A pop-up will open where you need to enter your website which you want to get verified with Google. Type the website address in the box and click Continue.
To show how this works, I have taken the example of a website abcdef12345.com. I will type the URL in the box and click Continue, just like I have done in the above image. This will take you to the next screen which will have different methods of verifying the website.
Here you will see, two tabs “Domain ” and “URL prefix” which are suggesting various methods of verifying your website.
In URL prefix, you will have more than one methods. It is not necessary to getting your website verified using all the methods. You will need to choose only one method and follow the steps for that particular methods. Each method has a number of easy to follow steps which you need to complete the verification of the website.
There are several ways to verify your website with Google Search Console, including:
- HTML file upload: Google will provide you with a unique HTML file that you need to upload to your website’s root directory. Once the file is uploaded, you can confirm verification by clicking on the “Verify” button in Google Search Console.
- DNS TXT record: You need to add a TXT record to your domain’s DNS settings. Google Search Console will provide you with the specific value that you need to add. Once the record is added, you can confirm verification by clicking on the “Verify” button in Google Search Console.
- Google Analytics tracking code: If you already have a Google Analytics account set up for your website, you can use your GA tracking code to verify your website with Google Search Console.
Once your website is verified, you can continue with submitting your sitemap with Google. You can further use the Google Search Console to view information about how Google crawls and indexes your website, as well as any potential issues that may affect your website’s visibility in search results. It’s important to note that, you need to verify each version of your website (e.g. http and https, www and non-www) separately in order to see the data for each version of your website in Search Console.