Google Search Console: A Complete Guide for SEO(2022 Updated)

 Google Search Console Beginner's Guide

An image for illustrating Google search console

Do you want to know how your SEO efforts are paying off? If yes then continue reading.

Google provides tons of detailed information about site performance, security issues, errors and more. 

How does it work? That's what we're talking about today.


What is Google Search Console?

Google Search Console is Google's suite of tools for tracking your website's performance, finding issues, and helping your website rank higher on Google. This is a powerful but complex tool.

We've created a complete beginner's guide to Google Webmaster Tools. Since then, Google Webmaster Tools has undergone significant changes, including a name change to Google Search Console.

We've updated this guide to take note of how to use Google Search Console, the data you can find about your website, important data you may have forgotten, and issues that can affect your search engine rankings. Including how to pay.


How to Set Up Google Search Console

If you haven't already done so, first set up your website in Google Search Console.

1 Register and verify your Google search console account

To do this, go to the Google search console website and sign in with your Google account (preferably the account you already use for Google Analytics).

Click the Start Now button in the lower left corner of the screen and a dialog box will appear.

Now you need to verify that this page belongs to you.

Previously, you had to embed the code in the header of your website or upload the HTML file to your web server.

If you already have Google Analytics, your website will be automatically verified and you will see a confirmation message in Google Search Console.

One of the newest verification options, DNS CNAME Verification, which was actually in the old Google Webmaster Tools, is back in Google Search Console.

Once your site is verified, you will need to submit your sitemap, if you have one.

2.Creat an Xml Sitemap

This is a simple XML file that tells Google Search Console which pages are on your site.

If you already have it, you can usually find it by typing http://yourdomain.com/sitemap.xml and pointing it to your browser.

To create a sitemap, you can use an online tool such as XML Sitemap.

If you use WordPress to run your website on your own domain, you can install the Google XML Sitemap plugin.

After activating the plugin, look in your WordPress dashboard settings and click on XML Sitemaps.

The plugin should have already generated the sitemap for you, so you don't need to do anything else.

The URL is at the top of the page.

Copy the link address and return to Google Search Console. Then paste in GSC under Add New Sitemap.

3.Add a new sitemap to Google Search Console.

It may take a few days for Search Console to start retrieving information about your site.

Hold on, read on, and find out what else you can learn from Google Search Console!

What data can you get from Google Search Console? Information can be viewed in GSC.

This is a powerful tool. These are just highlights of new data types and important dates to check from time to time.

While adding sitemap is not mandatory,it is recommended to do so, why? Because sitemaps are use to show Google every pages of your website which needs to be indexed. Not just that, adding sitemaps to Google search console makes indexing faster.

After adding your Sitemap to GSC, now relax and wait for Google to do their own job as you are done doing yours.

Google Search Console Overview

When you visit a website on GSC, you will first see an overview.

This is an overview of important data within Google Search Console. From this screen you can access specific areas such as Crawl Errors, Search Analytics, Sitemap, etc. by clicking the appropriate link.

You can also navigate to these areas using the menus in the left sidebar which are:

•Search Results

Search results are displayed in the left sidebar.

This section provides an overview of how your site appears on search engine results pages. This includes total clicks, impressions, position, click-through rate, and site-ranked searches.

The filters above allow you to sort the data by location, date, search type, etc. This data is important for understanding the impact of your SEO efforts.

•Index Coverage Report

This report provides data on the URLs Google tried to index on your selected property and any issues Google had.

As Googlebot crawls the web, it processes each page it encounters and creates an index of all the words that appear on each page.

Also look at content tags and attributes such as titles and alt text.

This chart shows the breakdown of site URLs indexed by Google and displayed in search results.

As pages are added and removed, this chart will change as well.

Don't worry too much if the number of indexed pages is lower than you expected. Googlebot filters out URLs that it recognizes as duplicates, non-canonical URLs, or URLs without index meta tags.

Many URLs for robots are also displayed.

txt file is prohibited from being crawled.

You can also see the number of URLs removed by the removal tool. In most cases this will always be a low value.

•Sitemaps

We've already talked about sitemaps, so let's briefly recap.

Under Sitemaps in GSC, you can find information about your sitemap, including whether it exists and when it was last updated.

If the date the sitemap was last downloaded is not current, consider submitting the sitemap and updating the number of submitted URLs.

Otherwise, it helps Google track how your sitemap is read and whether all your pages are displaying the way you want them to.

•Removal

If for any reason you need to temporarily block a page from Google search results, please visit removal.

works in Google Search Console pages can be hidden for approximately 90 days.

If you want to permanently remove a page from Google's crawl, you have to do it on the actual website.

•Core Web Vitals

Core Web Vitals are a set of metrics that influence search rankings. These include speed, usability, and visual stability. These are current ranking signals, so be careful. .

If you don't have any pages yet, you can start creating your first page.

Receive code blocks that you can adapt to your website.

•Links to your website.

GSC shows you the domains that link to you the most and the pages on your site that link to you the most. Scroll down the left sidebar until you see the link. Click it to see a full report of links to your site.

This is probably the most comprehensive list of backlinks (and internal links!) you can find, at least for free.

This is a powerful tool for understanding where your content is being used on the web and what Google believes works best.

•Manual Actions

Use the Manual Actions tab to see if any pages do not meet Google's webmaster quality guidelines.

This is one of the steps Google has taken to combat web spam.

•Mobile Usability

The Mobile Usability tab helps ensure that all pages on your website comply with Google's best practices.

As you can see, it can be a problem with text size, viewport settings, or even proximity of clickable elements.

These and other errors can negatively impact your mobile site's rankings and lower your ranking on the results page. Finding and fixing these errors will help your user experience and results

When reviewing this information, we recommend that you also check your site's mobile speed. Use the SEO result checker for this.

First, enter the URL in the search box and click Search.

After clicking the Search button, click Site Audit in the left sidebar and scroll down the page until you see Site Speed.

Shows desktop and mobile page speed. For this exercise, we are more interested in mobile load times. My page on mobile devices he loads in 2 seconds and is scored at an excellent range.

In addition to overall site speed, there is also a detailed breakdown of:

-First Content Paint

-Velocity Index

-Time to Interaction

-SEO Audit Opportunity

-First Meaningful Paint

-First CPU Idle Time

-Estimated Input Latency

If you have problems, please refer here. Please fix it immediately and test your site again. It might be enough to improve load times.

•Crawl Statistics

For a detailed analysis of how often Googlebot visits your website, you can use the Crawl Statistics report in Settings > Crawl Statistics.

Here you can see how often your website's pages are crawled, how many kilobytes are downloaded per day, and how long your website is downloaded.

Image of stats of time spent downloading pages.

According to Google, there is no such thing as a "good" crawl rate, but there is advice for spikes and drops in crawl rate.

•URL Inspection

This tool is useful because it allows you to test how Google crawls and renders specific URLs on your website.

This is a convenient way to allow Googlebot to access your page.

Features of Google Search Console.

On success, the page is rendered and you can see if there are any resources blocked for Googlebot.

To access the code for your site, click View Tested Page to view the HTML code, screenshots, and crawl errors. (Note: Crawl errors used to be their own report, but are now under URL inspection coverage.)

When it comes to debugging points in web development, this free tool can't be beat.

•Robots.txt Tester

If you use a robots.txt file to block Google's crawlers from certain resources, you can use this tool to check if everything is working.

So if you have an image that you don't want to appear in Google Images, you can test your robots.txt here to prevent it from showing up where you don't want it to appear.

After testing, you will see the approved or blocked message and can edit accordingly.

•URL Parameters

Incorrect URL parameters can negatively affect the crawling of your website, so Google itself recommends using this tool with caution.

If you're using them, this tool can help you track performance and make sure you're not pointing Googlebot in the wrong direction.


Frequently Asked Questions


1.What is Google Search Console?

Google Search Console is a collection of tools that you can use to monitor website behavior, identify problems, and improve your Google rankings.

It’s a free online tool Google offers with details about your website and the users who visit it.

 2. How to use Google search console

When learning how to use Google Search Console, first add your website to Google Search Console. Now set up operations you would like to consistently optimize. Next, submit a sitemap, and finally, learn metrics for refining and reporting purposes after putting the Google Search Console to work.

3. How to Set Up Google Search Console

Sign in to your Google Account, then open Google Search Console, and add your site. Finally, add your domain or URL prefix to verify your account and start using the features.

 conclusion/ key takeaway on Google search console

Google Search Console gives you powerful insight into your website's performance and what you can do to get Google's attention. Once you've mastered the basics, learn how to use GSC data to increase your traffic by 28% or more.


Do you use Google Search Console? Which areas do you find most helpful? Share your thoughts in the comments below and enjoy the data analysis!

Thanks for reading and we hope you find the information you are looking for 💝.

ugobest

Ugobest is a Nigerian based blogger specializing in personal finance, SEO, Advertising and blogging tips. Who's main purpose of creating "FastPopularity" blog is to help as many people as possible especially upcoming bloggers and internet publishers understand the basics fundamentals of ( Blogging tips, Advertising and SEO best practices).

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