How to set up Google search console and Google analytics
By now you may have a couple of post under your belt and ready to start marketing. You might even be thinking about future possibilities for monetizing your blog. But before you can do any of that you need google to know who you are and you will need to be search engine optimized which will come in part 4.
Google search console is a free webmaster tool that lets google index your website. Why is this important you may be wondering. Well it all has something to do with getting page rank and having your blog post on the first page. Think about when you are searching for information. How many pages do you go through before you initiate another search? I typically don’t go past the 3rd page myself. So in order for you to start building your rankings so that people can find your blog you will need google to find you.
Google analytics is a tool that is used to track your web progress. We will go over setting up your tracking code on your website so that google can track you traffic. Why should that matter, well is this is a hobby it might not. But if you plan to monetize your blog, google tracks you’ll want google to track your traffic and it also will help you in the long wrong when marketing yourself. There is so much detailed information on the web about google analytics and how to use the tools but For today, we will walk through getting you set up. If you would like to learn more about I would check out shout me loud they are a wealth of information when it comes to blogging.
Setting up google
1. Set up google analytics
2. Set up google console
3. Setting up google analytics
1. Set up Google Analytics
a. Search google analytics and click on sign up for analytics. (note you will have to sign up with a google email, if you already have an email just set up this one and leave dormant)
b. Click on sign up
c. Complete info on the form with your website name and url. Choose your industry and time zone. At the bottom click on get tracking code and move onto the next step.
d. Once you click on get tracking code this page will appear for Google's terms and conditions accept and move onto next step.
e. Sign in and go to your google analytics page. On the Left bottom of the page click on Admin.
f. Click on tracking code and your tracking id will pop up. To set up your website highlight and copy the tracking code. It begins with script. Then go back to your WordPress dashboard in another page.
g. Go to appearance on your dashboard on the left side and click on editor.
h. This will bring you to your php file. Look on the right hand side for your header php file and click on it.
i. Paste your google tracking code in your header section just above the body tag and then select save at the bottom and your google analytics is now set up. You can test that it is working by going back to google analytics and clicking on real-time and then overview and it should show that you are on the page live.
2. Now to set up google search console and you are on your way.
a. Go to google webmaster central (which is google search console) enter your web address make sure you put http:// and click add property. Next check google analytics as your form of verification and click verify. (you can also verify google search console with Yoast SEO which is covered in next section)
b. Go to your top right hand corner in google search console and click on google site setting. Here you will need to decide how you want your web address to appear. You can choose wither the www. Or without and then click save. This is how your url will appear.
c. In the same tab on upper right corner scroll down to google analytics and make sure your google analytics is linked to your google search console by adding your website url.
d. Now you will need to enter your sitemaps so google analytics can index your pages and post. Go to your left side column and click on crawl. Then click on sitemaps and on the right side of page click add sitemap. A box will appear and enter the info in the box after yourdomain.com/ ??? click submit. You will do this for each site map. (see below how to get sitemap)
e. Now go to your browser and enter http://yourdomainname.com/sitemap_index.xml click enter and this page will bring up all your site maps. Copy each site map individually and place in add sitemap as shown above and click submit. Your google search console is now set up.
Your Google Account Is Now Set Up!
To find more information about your google account and understanding how they work ShoutMeLoud is my favorite stie for information!
Can you believe you’ve made it through the first 3 steps in setting up a new website! Yay! Give yourself a pat on the back! Just one more area to cover and that is search engine optimization (SEO). In the last section I will walk you through setting up Yoast to optimize your site, pages and post.
If you haven’t been following along you may be interested in the first sections of this series or you or if you’re ready here is the final link!
Part 1 - How To Start a Blog In 3 Easy Steps!
Part 3 - You are Here!
Part 4 - Setting up Yoast Search Engine Optimization! - Coming Soon