Read this,if you are ready to dive into Google Search Console for the first time. Happy reading!

SEO is a process of increasing the quality and quantity of website traffic by increasing the visibility of contents on a website or a web-page to users of a web search engine in an organic way. Google Search Console provides tools to help you submit your content to Google and monitor how you're doing in Google Search index. Features include information about search appearance, search traffic, technical status updates, crawl data and additional educational resources. Google Search Console was formerly known as Google Webmaster Central and then Google Webmaster Tools until taking the current name in 2015.

In this tutorial, we will learn how to setup and use Google Search Console on Windows 10 with the help of Google Analytics.

Requirements

A windows 10 machine with already signed in to Google Analytics. If you haven't signed in to Google Analytics yet, go do it now, as it will make the whole thing very simple.

Setting up Google Search Console

Step 1: Sign in to Google Search Console:

  1. Go to google/google-search-console.
  2. To start with google search console, click Start now.

Step 2: Selecting property type:

After Starting the search console, you will get this screen. To set up the property type, enter either a domain or URL prefix one the space given below and click continue.

Selecting Property Type in Google Seach Console
Selecting Property Type

The difference between the two website property type are:

URL prefix vs Domain Property Type (Source: Search Console Help)
URL prefix vs Domain Property Type (Source: Search Console Help)

Step 3: Verification

After adding the property, if you already signed in with Google Analytics, it will pop up an auto verified ownership with Google Analytics as verification method. Click on either done or go to property to get started with it.

Verification Method
Verification Method

The screen will take some time to collect the data and show you the reports. Sit back, get yourself a cup of coffee and relax.

There are other methods also to verify the ownership of your website like-

  • Uploading an HTML file
  • Verifying via domain name provider
  • Using Google Tag Manager

We will not look into these methods of verification now.

After some hours of verification, your screen will show results like this:

Google Search Console Overview
Google Search Console Overview

That's it!

We are done with setting up Google Search Console using Google Analytics. We will look into all this metrics and reports in details in our next tutorial.

Conclusion

In this tutorial we learned to setup Google Search Console using Google Analytics. In the next tutorial, we will get into details what are the different types of reports available in Google Search Console.