Tutorial: Add Your WordPress Site to Google Search Console

Do you want to add your WordPress website to google search console? You can register your (WordPress) website with Google to be indexed. Google indexes most of the websites automatically. But with a new website, it can take a while before Google sees your website.

You can give Google a “push in the right direction” by registering your website with Google. It doesn’t matter much if you have a WordPress website. If you create your successful website with a different tool, you can also use this article.

Google Search Console Get to WordPress?

Google’s “bot” (or “spider”) is constantly following links to discover new websites and pages. Every time Google discovers a new page (that can be indexed), Google adds it to the so-called Index. This is a kind of huge “database” of all web pages that Google has ever found.

If your website is in the Google index, it means that Google can start displaying your website in the search results. However, this is not a guarantee that you will actually be visible in the search results. Often you do not know if your website is on Google because you are not on the first pages of Google.

Google “Follows” Links:

If you do not register your website with Google and other websites do not (yet) link to your website, it can take a long time before Google sees your site or page. The fastest way to be indexed is, therefore, to ensure that other websites link to your website. Sometimes Google also sees it when your website is shared on social media.

It is not always easy to have other websites link to your site. That is why you can “submit” your website to Google so that Google (even without links) knows that your website exists. This can be done in various ways:

  • Add each URL manually
  • Submit a sitemap

In this article, I will show you how to register your (WordPress) website at Google.

How Do You Know if Google Has Already Indexed Your Website?

Before you make an effort to register your website with Google, you can use a trick to check whether or not Google has already indexed your website. It is very possible that Google has seen your website, but that you cannot find your website yet. To find out, enter your website in Google in the following way:

Search for a specific website in Google? Type “site:” followed by your domain name

If you do not get results with the above method, you know that Google has not yet indexed your website. If this is the case, then read on so that you know what you have to do to register your website with Google!

Register Your Website With Google:

If you find out that Google has not (yet) indexed your website, you can let Google know in various ways that your website exists.

1: Add URL to Google

One of the easiest ways to let Google know about your website is to enter your URL on this page. As Google says on this page: adding your URL offers no guarantee that Google will actually show your website in the search results.

In practice, you will see that websites that do not violate Google’s terms and conditions will simply be indexed.

2: Request Indexing (Google Search Console):

Google Search Console is a free tool from Google for WordPress website owners. You need a Google account to log in here. You must then add your website to Search Console. To do this, you must first verify that you own the domain name. If you use Google Analytics you can use this as a verification method. Or not, there are several alternatives to verify that you are the owner, for example by adding an HTML code to your website or uploading an HTML file (via FTP ).

If you have successfully linked your WordPress to Google Search Console, then you can go pages on your website “Fetch as Google”. You can find this option under Crawl> Fetch as Google. You can enter a URL here, after which Search Console will try to “crawl” this page:

If you want to “fetch” your homepage, do not enter anything. Then click on ” Retrieve ” and wait until Google has finished “fetching” your URL. When Google is ready, a new button appears: ” Request indexing “.

Click on this button to let Google index your page. If you “register” your homepage with Google in this way, Google will in time also automatically index your other pages, as long as this is linked from your homepage. Having a navigation menu on your website is sufficient for this.

3: XML Sitemaps (Google Search Console):

You can also submit a WordPress site XML Sitemap in Google Search Console. If you have a WordPress website and you use the free Yoast SEO plugin, you can have this plugin automatically generate a sitemap for you. You can then submit this sitemap to Google Search Console. Google will then show you how many URLs (and images) you have submitted, and how many of them have already been indexed:

 

Don’t have a WordPress website? Then you can use a free tool to create an XML Sitemap, such as XML-sitemaps.nl. However, we recommend that you use a tool that automatically updates your sitemap when new pages are added to your website. This way, Google is always aware of new pages being added.

Is Website Not Visible in Google?

If you use one of the methods above to register your WordPress website with Google Search Console, you should be able to find your website in Google within a few days. But, please note: use the method described above for this ( How do you know if Google has already indexed your website? ). If Google has indexed your website, that does not mean that you will necessarily be “high” in the search results for the search terms that you find important.

If your website (after a few days) is still not findable in Google, it is possible that there is a problem that prevents Google from indexing your website. Therefore check the following:

1: Are Your Pages Being Blocked by a Robots.txt File?

You may have added a robots.txt file to your website. Whether you have done this yourself or if it is already there: this file can prevent Google from indexing your website. Therefore, check (for example via FTP) whether you can find a file called “robots.txt”, or go to jouwomein.nl/robots.txt.

If the following code is in this file, it actually means that you are blocking Google’s spiders/bots from your website:

If this is the case, it is better to delete your robots file so that Google can return to your website.

Pay Attention!

A robot’s file is not always bad. In fact, in many cases, it is very useful to let search engines know where they should and should not look. We have the following in our robots file:

This way we ensure that Google does not look at the ” wp-admin ” folder. This is namely the WordPress admin environment, where Google obviously has nothing to look for.

2: Noindex Tags?

It is also possible that a so-called “noindex” tag has been added to your page (s). With this, you tell search engines like Google that you do not want them to index your page. It is therefore important to ensure that this is not on your page. You can find this out by checking whether you see this code in the source code of your page:

WordPress Settings:
If you use WordPress, this “tag” is automatically added if you have checked the ” Block search engines to index this site ” checkbox. Check this by going (in WordPress) to Settings> Read. Then make sure that the checkbox below is not checked:

3: is Your Website in Violation of Google’s Terms and Conditions?

Google has various guidelines for webmasters. If your website does not comply with this, for example, because you post illegal content, then Google will in many cases not index your website. Even if you copy content from other websites, there is a chance that Google will not index your website.

Conclusion:

In most cases, Google will automatically index your website. However, you can speed up this process by pointing out to Google the existence of your website. In addition, it is important that you check a few things if your website does not appear on Google.