I have seen many new bloggers ask in FB groups how to submit to Google Search Console. They either have never heard of Google Search Console or they want to know how to do it.
So In this post, I will show you How to Submit Your Blog post to Google Search Console to help you rank faster and higher in Google. Also, I will cover What is Google Search Console, Why need to have Google Search Console and How to Set up Google Search Console.
When I first started building a website with Wealthy Affiliate in Mar 2020, as part of the training, I was guided step-by-step on how to set up The Google Search Console.
I just followed the instructions and do it, and if I was stuck, there is always someone to help me.
So now that some of the posts that I have written earlier are ranking on Page 1, I figured they were not thereby chances.
- What is The Google Search Console?
- Why set up Google Search Console?
- How Do I set up a Google Search Console?
- How To Verify Your Site with Google Search Console?
- How to link Google Analytics to Google Search Console
- What does Google Search Console track?
- Why Submit Your Blog Post to Google Search Console?
- How Do I Submit my URL to Google Search Console? And get my post indexed in Google?
- What Will I see after I submit my post to Google Search Console?
What is The Google Search Console?
What is Google Search Console about, you may ask?
As a beginner blogger, you will soon learnt that you need to install Google Search Console in your website.
As the name suggests, Google Search Console is a free tool by Google to help you track how well your website is performing. It gives you data on the keywords that people are searching for, that led them to your website.
By analyzing the data in the keywords displayed, you will get valuable insights. You can improve your old posts by placing the keywords appropriately in your post, find out which posts are performing well and which are not.
Why set up Google Search Console?
Because it is FREE and you can get a ton of information like
a. Pages with errors
b. How your website performs on desktop vs mobile
c. Keywords that your website rank for
The main functions of Google Search Console are to
1. Submit your XML Sitemap when you first set up your website
2. Submit your published Post URL after you publish, to speed up indexing.
Think in terms like, if you wait for your teacher to come and inspect your work as she goes row by row, and you are sitting at the back of the hall. When will she ever get to see your wonderful work, that you have poured out your heart and time to write?
So instead you alert her by “jumping queue ahead” and get her attention. Then she will be notified and if she favors you, she will inspect your work earlier than if you were to wait for her to come to you.
3. Periodically examine the data to find keywords that you are ranked for, for the purpose of improving its ranking position for better visibility over time.
So the earlier you learn all about Google Search Console, the better the tool can help you.
How Do I set up a Google Search Console?
Setting up Google Search Console is simple.
Go to Google Search Console, choose “add domain” and then you will be led to a page that requires you to verify your website.
You may see a bunch of complicated-looking terms that make you want to give up.
But I am going to show you a few simpler methods to verify your site.
How To Verify Your Site with Google Search Console?
After you sign up for an account with Google Search Console, you will be asked to verify that you are the owner of the website.
There are a few ways to do it.
When signing for the first time, choose the URL prefix method and copy the whole URL of your website on it.
It may look confusing but what it means is that, if you choose by Domain method, you will need to verify by DNS verification, and it can get complicated to a new beginner, at least, it was to me when I first started.
So I chose by URL instead.
There are several available methods to verify but the easiest is to choose to upload a specific HTML tag,
This is the most straight forward that you just open, copy, and paste.
Through SEO plugins
If you are using the Yoast plugin, you can go to Yoast.com to set up and verify the HTML code inside your WordPress.
Don’t worry, it is as simple as copy and paste.
Just copy the correct HTML and then paste inside Yoast’s Settings and you are good to go.
In Google Search Console, add your property which is the exact URL of your website.
Note: http, https, www, and no-www are all versions of how your website maybe and they each mean different versions. Be sure to copy the correct version.
Next, under verification methods, choose “HTML Tag”, and copy the code XXX INSIDE of the “XXX”, without the inverted commas (That was what I figured out when My HTML code couldn’t work and I was almost pulling my hair out!)
Leave Google Search Console open because you need to come back and click “verify”.
On a new tab, open your WordPress, go to Yoast SEO Plugin, General Settings and paste inside Webmaster Tools, Google Verification Code, and click “Save Changes”.
Then head back to Google Search Console and click “Verify” and it should instantly recognised your website.
All In One SEO
In my Wealthy Affiliates program, we have All In One SEO installed by default, so that is also an option to use it to verify through Copy and paste HTML tag.
Again it is taking an HTML code from Google Search Console and pasting into the All-In-One SEO General Settings, scroll down to Webmaster’s Verification area, and paste into Google Search Console’s dialogue box.
Then at Google Search Console page, click “Verify” and you will receive a confirmation message when it detects the code that you have pasted.
How to link Google Analytics to Google Search Console
It is a good idea to link Google Analytics to Google Search Console so that Google Analytics can pull keyword data from Google Search Console.
To be able to link Google Analytics to Google Search Console,
1. Go To Google Analytics, scroll down the left-hand menu and click on “Admin”.
2. In the second column, click “Property Settings” and scroll down until you see “Search Console Button” and click it.
3. Add your website and click “Saved”.
4. Now your Google Analytics and Google Search Console is now linked.
Google Analytics is a broader tool that tracks the patterns of your visitors
- How many users visit your site
- How many sessions they spent on your blog
- What is the bounce rate – how fast they leave your site after visiting one page
- How long they stay on your page
- How many pageviews your blog gets
- How and how many did your visitors arrive by, Social Media, Organic Searches, Direct, and Referrals.
- What pages they visited
All data that you can compare month to month to see your website’s growth.
What does Google Search Console track?
When you open Google Search Console and click the “Performance” tab, you will see 4 components.
1. Total Web Clicks – This is the number of clicks to your website once the searches are displayed by Google.
2. Total Impressions – Each time your website URL appears in a search query, it will generate an impression. It can be on page 1 or any of the pages behind, does not need to be clicked to be counted as Impressions.
So Impressions can go very high if your post has been ranked for many keywords.
3. Average Click-Through-Rate (CTR) is Clicks/Impressions. Meaning if you have 100 impressions, and you get 10 Clicks, your CTR is 10/100 x 100% which is is 10%.
10 Clicks X 100% = 10% CTR
A good CTR is anything more than 1.9% but it really depends on which niche you are in.
But as you have more and more impressions, CTR generally goes down. It is nothing major to worry about.
Of course, you will feel good the higher the CTRs.
4. Average Position – This is the average position of your ranking, as it says its average, so this is not the best indication of your ranking. It takes the highest position of your blog posts into consideration when calculating.
The 2nd-row shows
- Search Appearance
Each tab is clickable and when you click on each of them, it will display data relevant in their respective areas. The tabs are also fields that you set filters for when you want to zoom in on a particular page or post.
Remember, all these results are only pertaining to Google Search results, which is how visits are coming to your website, also called organic traffic.
Because this is Google Search Console, it excludes data from social media. So if you are very active in social media, but have not quite worked on applying SEO to your posts, your data might look little and that’s okay.
If you want a detailed breakdown of everything Google Search Console, read Google Search Console by Hubspot.com
Examples of improving efforts you can do, after you analyze your Google Search Console Results. You should
a. Take the top 10 performing pages(posts), make Pinterest pins, and market at Pinterest for wider reach.
And you can rework on them, and add more details.
b. Write similar types of Content, because you know these posts are your most popular types of posts.
Why Submit Your Blog Post to Google Search Console?
After you submit your new blog post to Google Search Console, it will take a few hours or days for it to show up in searches.
If you are a new website, it helps you to play catch up so that it takes a shorter period for a new blog to get noticed by Google.
That is why SEO experts always advise starting SEO efforts because, like growing seeds, it needs water, sunshine, nutrients, and fertilizers. So the best is to be patient and do the hard work.
How Do I Submit my URL to Google Search Console? And get my post indexed in Google?
This is how you Submit Your Post URL to Google Search Console in 3 simple steps.
1. Copy the Blog Post URL.
2. In a new tab, open up Google Search Console, click “Inspect URL” on the left menu.
3. Paste the URL onto the white box and click “enter”.
4. Google will process and say “Url is not in Google”
If it is a new post, it will show that “URL is not on Google”, then you click “Request Indexing”.
If it has been indexed before, and you have made changes, you can resubmit for indexing.
5. Click “Request Indexing”. Then Google will start the process, and takes a few seconds.
6. After Google processes it, then you click “Got it”.
7. Close Google Search Console.
What Will I see after I submit my post to Google Search Console?
It may take moments to a day or to days where you can see your post appear.
One way to check is to type
site: yourblog.com and look at whether your post appears, or to directly search the title of your blog.
Even if you don’t see much of your posts, do not spend too much overthinking, just go on to create new content.
Because it will really take 6 months or more to see some traction, as they call it.
So why worry? Just stick your head and continue writing.
Then rinse and repeat.
Repeat the same process by submitting your Post URL to other search engines
1. Submt URL to Bing and Yahoo Search Engines
2. Ping it to Prepostseo.com that can send to 65 websites to let search engines index your post.
So you have learned what is a Google Search Console, how to set it up, and how to Submit your Post URL to Google Search Console.
By doing so, will definitely increase your blog results as you work hard, day in and day out.
Let me know whether you have already had this habit of submitting your published post URLs to Google Search Console and whether you saw great results.
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