To quickly rank your website at the top of Google search results, we recommend setting up Google Search Console (GSC) after you've connected your domain. It provides insights across various metrics, covering search appearance to user experience. This valuable data empowers you to enhance your site and boost traffic from Google.
How to Set Up Google Search Console
First, sign into Search Console with your Google account. You'll see a pop-up asking you to add a property (your website).
You'll see two options here: add a domain or a URL prefix. Select the "Domain" option
You'll need to verify your site through your DNS (domain name system) provider.
Add your domain in the “Domain” option (without HTTP/HTTPS and www).
If your domain URL is “https://www.yoursite.com”, enter “yoursite.com” in the blank space provided then click “CONTINUE.”
Copy the TXT record from the instructions dialog box.
Open a new browser tab, sign in to your account with your domain registrar. For this example, we'll use GoDaddy.
Once you log in, access your DNS settings by clicking on the nine dots in the navigation bar, beside your business name. And hitting “Domains.”
In your Domain Portfolio dashboard, select the three dots beside your domain name and select “Edit DNS.”
In the DNS Management window, add a new TXT record by clicking “Add” in the DNS Records section.
A form will pop up. Fill it out with the below details:
- Type: TXT
- Name: @
- Value: [Paste the TXT record from Google Search Console]
- TTL: 1 hour
When you’re done, click “Add record.”
Now go back to Search Console and click “Verify.”
You may get a message that says “Ownership verification failed” at first. It's ok if the verification doesn’t work immediately. DNS record changes can take anywhere from a few hours to 48 hours to update.
Wait at least an hour and try verifying again by choosing your website from the properties list.
If verification is successful, you’ll see a confirmation message: