Is your site online and ready to receive visitors? Then it’s time to submit it to Google!
- A Google account. Prefer an account dedicated to your site. Avoid personal accounts.
- An indexable site: i.e. without noindex tag or any other directive that can block the Google robot
Adding the site to Search Console
Start by registering on the Google Search Console. This service, formerly called Webmaster Tools, will allow you to know the state of health of your site in the eyes of Google. Indispensable for controlling the correct indexing of your content, managing your XML sitemaps, your structured data and much more.
To add your site, click the hamburger menu icon to the left of the Google Search Console. Choose Add property.
A popup appears with two possible choices:
- domain: new method to follow everything in a domain without having to add variants (subdomains, http / https …) but requires validation at the DNS level
- URL prefix: old method, each domain / protocol must be added manually but several validation methods possible
In our example, we will choose “URL Prefix“.
To verify ownership, choose the meta tag and from your website’s dashboard, go to SEO > Advanced > Advanced tab > “Google site verification” option.
Then save the changes.
Validate your property.
And now your site is now in Google Search Console.
Please note, this does not mean that it will appear in search results.
To do this, you can speed things up a little in two ways:
- by adding an XML sitemap to facilitate robot exploration
- by inspecting a URL