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Setting up Google Search Console is quite easy. Head over to its welcome page and log in with your Google credentials.
After signing up, you will be asked to enter your web address in one of two boxes. The left-hand box is for a Domain Property and the right-hand box is for a URL Prefix Property.
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Most people using Search Console select the domain property option. You’ll get the information on how your whole website is performing on Google. This includes all the URLs, subdomains and web protocols (http://, https://, www).
Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools) is a free online tool by Google consisting of a series of dashboards showing you how your site is performing on Google.
These are some features from the old Search Console. They are not available for domain property so we won’t go into much detail here.
The index report shows the total number of pages that appear in the search results. If everything is green then things are good.
Hopefully, you will never have to view this report. By default, it will show No issues detected. If a manual penalty has been applied to your site by a Google employee, then the penalty will appear in this tab.
A sitemap is an XML document that outlines how your website is structured. Your sitemap will help Google crawlers navigate your site. This helps Google find and index your content quickly.
You can view the backlinks pointing to your website. From the table, you can see the pages that have the most internal and external links.
The Overview Report is the first page that loads when you access Search Console. The dashboard contains a snapshot of key information about your site.
You should use this option if you only want to cover an exact URL format. For example, if you enter https://www.website.com/blog into the required field, only this URL format will be tracked. This option is often used for targeting a specific language mutation on a multilingual website, ...
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