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Sitemaps

Sitemaps

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 tell Search Console where your sitemap is located on your site by entering the URL.

An extra benefit to providing a sitemap in Search Console is that you’ll be alerted of any issues. These include differences between the structure of your site and what Google sees.

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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.

There are 3 main sections you can adjust or click on to show the data you need:

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.

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 Enhancements page allows you to view the enhancements you have made to the site.

There are four metrics above the graph:

There are three different permissions levels in the Search Console:

Setting up Google Search Console is quite easy. Head over to its welcome page and log in with your Google credentials.

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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