Google Search Console is a free service provided by Google that allows you to track and improve the performance of your website in their search engine results pages, in addition to being able to submit your sitemap to be indexed faster and more efficiently in their directory.
It is not a requirement to have signed up to the Google Search Console service in order to appear in their search results. However, by doing so, you are able to troubleshoot issues with your ranking, monitor how your campaigns are affecting your performance and submit your changes to be indexed faster, as well as much more.
Here’s how to get started:
To start using Google's SEO tools you'll need to verify that you own your website in your Google Search Console.
To do this please follow the instructions below:
Now you're ready to submit your sitemap. Please log into your Google Search Console account and follow the steps below:
Google will now place your sitemap in its queue. When you reach the top, a Googlebot spider will visit the sitemap and index your pages. Once it has done so, you'll be able to see how many pages are appearing in the index and whether it found any problems while spidering the site.
Submitting a sitemap will queue your whole site to be crawled. If you have published or made changes to just one URL, you can use the URL Inspection Tool to submit one page to be crawled in Google Search Console. This will queue the page for indexing so that changes can potentially be detected by Google sooner.
The URL Inspection tool will also show what information Google currently has on that page, whether or not it has been indexed previously, if it’s mobile-friendly and more.
This used to be the Fetch As Google function before Google switched to the New Google Search Console dashboard.
The process can not be sped up by submitting the URL multiple times. It can take any where between a few minutes and a few hours depending on the number of requests Google has received. If your site has not been indexed at all yet, then it is best to wait until your sitemap has been crawled first.
You can always enter the URL into the URL Inspection Tool to check on its status at any given point in time.
The Performance page in Google Console displays how your website is showing in search. At first glance you can see a graph that displays your Total Clicks, Total Impressions, Click Through Rate and Average Position in search. Any of these metrics are a great way to measure how your SEO campaigns are moving forwards.
Further down the page, you can find a number of other useful measurements such as the popular queries you rank for, your most visited pages from search and information about where your site is being viewed from. These allow you to determine which keywords and audiences you are doing well at reaching and where you should start to focus next.
There are still tons of features to explore that will help you to take control of your search presence. Google provides some great help information to get you started depending on your level of experience. You can also ask questions in their community area to get help from the experts.