How To Set Up Google Search Console – Check Your Site Appearance

Welcome to a new day and a new task. Today we learn how to set up a Google Search Console Account. It is another not very hard but important lesson for every serious website operator.

I assume you already set up the Google Analytics because it is there, where we will now add the Search Console Account.

If you do not have a Google Analytics Account,  please check this post out first. This lesson here again serves especially people working on WordPress sites, that use the all in one SEO plugin.

and set up your Account.

To make sure we have the same profile for both the Analytics and the Search Console tool we enter the set-up process from the already installed Google Analytics Account.

Open your Google Analytics Account now and click on “Acquisition” on the left. Now you click on “Search Console” and then on Queries.

This is not the fastest way to enter the Search Console set-up but if you do it like this you can be sure both your Google tools are connected to each other.

How To Set Up Google Search Console - Check Your Site Appearance
How To Set Up Google Search Console – Check Your Site Appearance 1.1

Ok, now you click on “set up data sharing”, scroll almost all the way down and click on “Adjust Search Console”. now scroll up and click on “Add” if you still have none.

You are now on the Google Search Console site and it probably says, you haven’t yet verified any sites. That is what we want to do now.

Click on “Add a site to Search Console”. Click ok on the information strip and see a new Search Console tab open. Due to having several Search Console Accounts, I was redirected to an already existing one.

I want to create a new one though with the same email address profile as my new Analytics Account so I change the Google Account on the top right of my screen.

Welcome to Search Console
Welcome to Search Console

You now have to add the same website address as you used in the analytics tool. I used the “” and click the red button.

I tried the address in the pic above but it didn’t work. You have to use the same URL as you use in Google Analytics.

Now you are on the verification site of Google Search Console. Choose the “Alternate Methods”. And here choose the third possibility, the “Google Analytics Method”.

Click verify and receive a congratulation, you have successfully verified your property.

Now you can go back to the Analytics Account, to the one shown in the pic above, 1.1, refresh the site and click again add.

Now you should see a property you can add to Analytics. Mark it and “save” next click ok, and see that Google Search Console confirms that your accounts are connected.

Now go back to the Analytics site, refresh, and save.

If everything went right, as it did on my site you now find a statistic when you again open Acquisition / Search Console / Queries.

There are not any data here yet due to being not enough time to collect data so far.

The whole set-up you can also manage without having a Google Analytics tool. For doing that you search for Google Search Console with your search engine and sign up from there.

The rest of the steps are the same only that you haven’t connected the two tools together automatically.

This is the story of how to set up a Google Search Console Account, and if they didn’t die to this day, they will probably still be alive lol.

Now that you are in the swing I’d suggest doing the same thing with Bing/Yahoo webmaster tool. Follow me, please.

See what I got

Set-up a Bing/Yahoo Webmaster tool account.

The Bing tool account is not related to Google Analytics, they are competitive but it is advised to be friendly with Bing and Yahoo too as they also have quite a lot users.

By letting the Bing Webmaster tool know of your articles you can also drive traffic to your site. Ranking on page one in Bing and Yahoo search is a lot easier than with Google.

To set-up an account you enter the Bing webmaster tool URL first and open a new account.

Enter all necessary information and receive a Google code for confirming the email address you use. Enter the code and go on giving details.

I also had to confirm a phone number with a code.

Bing Webmaster Tool
Bing Webmaster Tool

You now reached the homepage of Bing Webmaster and have to add a website URL. I again use the same as before in Analytics and Search Console, just to have things organized.

Click add and move to the profile site of your account. They now ask you for a sitemap URL but we did not discuss this issue yet, so leave it for now and fill the rest as you please.

Now after saving this information you have to also verify that you are the owner of the website you want to add here.

Paste A Meta Tag
Copy A Meta Tag

I use option 2 and copy the snippet. I now have to go to my website I want to add to Bing and open the dashboard. I talk about WordPress websites again here.

By hovering over “Appearance” you see in the bottom “Editor” open this. In here you look to the right and find “Theme Header”, click on that.


Paste Under "<head>"
Paste Under “<head>”

Inside the theme header, you now look for the <head> and below this, you enter the snippet you got from Bing and update the file.

When you go back to the Bing site, you see on the bottom of the page a verify button. Click it and you’re in.

No fun right now, as Bing has not yet collected any of your data so far.

We’ll do some more work right now and add a sitemap to Bing and Google.

What is your sitemap? And how to add it to the webmaster tools?

If you have, as I recommend, installed the “all in one SEO” plugin you already have a sitemap installed and connected to your website.

First, you have to activate the sitemap feuter in the all in one SEO plugin. Click on “Feature Manager” and here you see a lot of features you can use or free.

I activated the XML sitemaps, the Social Meta and at the bottom the performance.

Now you see your XML sitemap appeared under the “All In One SEO” on the top left. Click it now.

View Your Sitemap
View Your Sitemap

When you click on the blue written “view your sitemap” you’ll see all the URLs the sitemap is recognizing and how often it crawls it for changes.

The URL you opened now is also the URL you want to submit to the Bing webmaster tool as your sitemap.

In the sitemap settings, I have not changed anything due to not being necessary for normal use.

Adding the sitemap to Google Search Console is almost the same but not the same.

Open the Google Search Console, and chose your website. Click on “Crawl” in the menu on the left and open “sitemaps”.

Now you want to add a new sitemap, click it. Due to already having your website URL showing you only need to add the words: “sitemap.xml”. Refresh the page and done.

You now have successfully added your sitemaps to both your webmaster tools and can be sure Google and Bing register all movements on your website.

Something I additionally do recommend for a faster indexing of your posts is to tell Google and Bing to crawl all your new or changed posts/pages as soon as you published them.

Why I say this you can see in this interesting webinar on my training and success stories page. Open 3.1. 21 Minute Ranking Method In 7 Steps.

Quickly learn how to let Google and Bing fetch your posts/pages.

It is really easy once you know the trick. I always do it just to knock on the search engines doors once in a while.

First Google. Open Google Search Console.

In the menu on the left “Crawl”. Here you choose “Fetch as Google” and click on it.

Fetch As Google
Fetch As Google

Here again, you don’t have to enter the whole URL, not like in Bing. You just enter the second part of the URL, the words after Click “Fetch” and wait.

Once the post is fetched, it appears below as mine is in blue. On the right side though you can still choose to “request Indexing”. Do that.

Normally I only ask Google to crawl this URL, the first time through or after doing some big changes to your website you can ask for crawling the URL and the direct links.

Now to the Bing/Yahoo webmaster tool.

Bing crawl is called “Fetch As Bingbot” You find this on the left in the menu, “Diagnostics & Tools”.

Here you have to enter the whole post/page URL and fetch it, then it’s done.

I think this is enough material for today. About how to use the search engine tools and take advantage of the information we can collect I want to write another time.

My little series is done with this, first I thought I’d write a separate post about adding the sitemaps but I think it was better to integrate it here.

Last but not least, I have a little video for you. New Google Search Console: How To Begin Optimizing Your Website shows some interesting insights once you installed Google Search Console.


Thanks for the visit.

I hope you enjoyed this lessons and are able to apply the knowledge provided here. If there are any questions unanswered please let me know.

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Your questions can help me help you create a new website easier, faster and better. But I need to know what you want to know.

With this said, I wish you all the best, hope to see you back and have a great time.

See you, Stefan 🙂

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