Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to submit your website to Google Search Console:
Submitting a sitemap to Google’s search console is a necessary action for the search engine to better understand and index your website’s content and improving its visibility in search results.
How do I submit my website to Google console?
Step 1: Sign in to Google Search Console
- Go to Google Search Console.
- Sign in with your Google account. Make sure you’re using the same Google account that has access to the website you want to submit the sitemap for.
Step 2: Add Your Property (Website)
If you haven’t already added your website to Google Search Console, you’ll need to do this first:
- Click on the “Add property” button.
- Enter your website’s URL (e.g., `https://www.yourwebsite.com`) in the URL prefix field.
- Click the “Continue” button.
- Verify your ownership of the website by following the verification instructions provided by Google. This may involve adding a specific HTML tag to your website’s code or uploading a verification file to your web server. You can read about this in detail here if you’re not sure about this step.
Step 3: Access Your Property
Once you’ve added and verified your website, you’ll be redirected to the Google Search Console dashboard. Click on your website’s property to access its data.
Step 4: Navigate to Sitemaps
In the left-hand menu, under “Index,” click on “Sitemaps.” This will take you to the Sitemaps section.
Step 5: Submit Your Sitemap to the Google Search Console
- On the Sitemaps page, you’ll see a box labeled “Add a new sitemap.” Here, you can enter the path to your sitemap XML file. For example, if your sitemap is located at `https://www.yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml`, you would enter `/sitemap.xml` in the box.
You can read this post on how to generate a sitemap for your website if you have not already.
- After entering the sitemap path, click the “Submit” button.
Step 6: Monitor Sitemap Status
Google will now process your sitemap submission. You can monitor the status of your submitted sitemap(s) on this page. It may take some time for Google to crawl and index the URLs from your sitemap.
Step 7: Review Indexing Data
As Google crawls your website and indexes the URLs from your sitemap, you can review indexing data in Google Search Console. This includes information on indexed pages, any errors or issues encountered during indexing, and search performance data.
That’s it! You’ve successfully submitted your sitemap to Google Search Console. Remember to periodically check your Google Search Console account for any indexing issues or performance insights.