Configuring site search

Google Search Console provides detailed information on how your site appears in Google searches. You can find out which keywords (that is, the search terms users are typing into Google) are driving traffic to your site, how highly your site ranks in searches of specific keywords, which pages within your site are attracting search attention, and other information that's highly useful for search engine optimization and site maintenance tasks. You can also submit a sitemap of your website to Google, remove certain pages from being listed on Google, and more.

You can access Google Search Console (previously called Webmaster Tools) from within the Google Analytics account that you already have.

  1. Open Google Analytics using the menu button under Site Manager > Site Administration.

  2. Click the "Admin" link at the lower left of the browser.


  3. Click the "Property" column, and then the "Property Settings" link.

  4. Once in "Property Settings" click on the "Search Console" button at the bottom

  5. In "Search Console Settings" you will have the option to edit these settings.

  6. Google Search Console Settings will open in a new browser tab.

  7. You'll see the "Enable Search Console data in Google Analytics"page. Click "Add a site to Search Console" to log in.

  8. This opens a new browser page where you can enter the address of your site.

  9. You'll be prompted to verify that you are the administrator of the site you entered. 

  10. Click the "Alternate methods" tab, and select "HTML Tag".

  11. Add the meta tag to the "Themes" section of your site.

    NOTE: You may need to publish your homepage after adding the code for Google to see the new code in the header. 
  12. Click the red "Verify" button to complete the process. You can now use Google Webmaster Tools.

After you have set up Google Search Console/Webmaster Tools for your site, then you can submit your site's dynamic XML sitemap file. This will give Google useful context on your site's layout and content, enhancing its relevance in user searches. Refer to Submitting XML sitemaps to Google Search Console to learn more about this process.

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