Using Google Search Console

Google Webmaster Search Console will help you to manage Google's indexing of your site.  Yola has made it possible for you to take advantage of Google's website optimization tools. In this tutorial, we will give you step-by-step instructions on how to verify your site and submit a Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools.

Step 1: Getting the verification tag

If your site is not yet published on the web, you will have to do so first, because you will need the URL (web address) during the verification process. If you have not published your site yet, please follow the steps in this tutorial: Publishing your Yola website. If you plan on purchasing a custom domain to publish before getting found on Google, now would be the perfect opportunity.
Once published, copy and save the URL of your site and follow these steps:

1.Head on over to Google Search Console to get started. If you do not have a Google account, you will have to create one, otherwise, sign in with your Google login details.

2.​In the URL Prefix field, enter the address of your website with the HTTPS part. Click Continue.



3. Verify ownership window will open. Choose the HTML tag as the verification method and click Copy:


Important: Do not close the Google Webmaster window for now.

Step 2. Adding the tag to your site

Now that you have the verification code, you need to add it to your Yola site. Here are the steps to do it :

1. Go back to your Yola site and make sure you are in the Sitebuilder+. Keep Google Webmaster open in a separate window.

2. Click on three vertical lines in the upper-left corner of the screen and select Settings.  

3. In Website settings click on INTEGRATIONS and paste the HTML tag into Webmaster code field.




4. Click Submit.

5. In Sitebuilder+, click Publish to make the changes available online.


Step 3. Verifying the site in Google Search Console

Once you have added your code to your website and republished it, go back to Webmaster Tools. Click the Verify button at the bottom of the page.
If you have verified your site correctly, you will see the message "Congratulations, you have successfully verified your ownership…."


Submitting a Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools

When you publish your site, Yola generates a Sitemap for the site.  This is not something you will notice when your site is published, because it happens behind the scenes. You can submit your Sitemap to Google, using Google Webmaster Tools. This will give Google more information about your site.  If you want to find out more about Sitemaps and why these are useful to Google, please see About Sitemaps.
The Sitemap for your published site is the site's URL (web address), followed by /sitemap.xml.  
To submit your Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools :

1. Log into your Google Webmaster Tools account.

2. Make sure you are on the Site Dashboard page.

3. Click Sitemaps.  This will open up the Sitemaps screen. Make sure that you have the correct site selected.
4. Enter sitemap.xml in Enter sitemap URL field.

5. Click Submit. You will see a Sitemap submitted successfully message.
Congratulations!  You have now successfully verified your site and submitted a Sitemap, using Google Webmaster Tools.  Once Google crawls your site, you will be able to log into your Google Webmaster account to see data that will help you to optimize your site for Google.

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