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Ways to connect your Wordpress website with Google Search Console formerly known as Webmaster Tools

One of the most useful and important tools out there for your website, is Google Search Console, all in layman's terms, the place where you will see useful information about your website, tell Google more detailed info about your site, add your xml sitemap, add your structured data, teach google about your products and how they are structured on your site and more. So let's see the most common ways to add your website to Google Search Console :

First of all, you will need to sign into and log in with your Google account. Then go to "Add a property" and add your website's url. Remember, for Google. www. and non-www versions of your site are two different websites, so maybe you will need to add them both. After this step, search console will ask you how you'd like to verify you are the owner of the website :

The recommended method is downloading a file which you will then need to add to the root folder of your website in your web hosting's panel file manager :

This step is pretty easy, you will first need to click the download link, then log into your cPanel or plesk web hosting management panel, open up your file manager and visit the main folder of your website, the httpdocs or htdocs or public_html folder based on the type of hosting you got. In your file manager you will need then to upload that file and once complete, you will need to head back to search console and click to retry the verification process.

There are other ways to verify the ownership of your site also :

Via adding an HTML tag on your homepage, somewhere on the main body or your homepage so that google search console can "read" it when visiting your site. Once added, click verify and you ware done.

If your website is based on wordpress, you can download and install the very popular plugin Yoast SEO which in its general settings will also allow you to add the google webmaster tools / search console property Id in a field so that the linking can be done in a more easy and automated way.

Another way is to verify your website via adding a record to your domain's DNS records, for which you will need access to your hosting management panel, normally cpanel or plesk and especially be able to access the DNS zone editors within these tools. There you will be able to add DNS records based on search console's requirements so that your website can be verified, again, once added, head back to search console and click to verify/re-verify the website.

Of course there is the option for google analytics if you can fulfill two criteria a) your google account is added in the team of the google analytics users for the property associated with this website and b) there is a google analytics property already associated with this site.

Another way is to do this via the google tag manager but you will first need to already have the google tag manager linked with your site and its code added on your website as well.

Read more about ownership verification in Google's official search console ownership post.


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