Verify & Submit your site with Search Console

It is no longer possible to submit a website to Google without first verifying you own the site. Although Google should eventually find and index your website, verifying your site will speed things up and give you greater control and insight of your website on Google.

In order to submit your website to Google, you need to:

1. Setup and/or login with a Google Account .
2. Go to Google's Search Console.
3. Click "Add A Property" and paste your full website address, eg "https://www.toolkitwebsites.co.uk".
4. Verify your website using one of the methods below.

Please note - Caching may prevent Google from seeing changes immediately. If, after completing all the steps above, you are unable to verify your property in Search Console, please contact us.

There are a several different ways to verifiy your site in Search Console, but we recommend 2 methods: Google Analytics or Meta Tag .

Sites that aren't verified in Search Console are at risk of not being indexed by Google, and therefore not in the Search Results.

Verify with Google Analytics

For this method to work, you need to already have Google Analytics setup. If you don't, follow this guide .

1: Login to Google Webmaster Tools, here .

2: Click ' Add Property ' in the top right and paste your website URL in the pop up box. Press ' Add ' below once you've done this.

3: For the method, choose the ' Alternate Methods ' tab and select ' Google Analytics '.

4: Once you're happy that your Google Analytics code meets the 3 requirements, go to the bottom of the page and press ' Verify '.

Verify with a Meta Tag

1: Login to Google Webmaster Tools, here .

2: Click ' Add Property ' in the top right and paste your website URL in the pop up box. Press ' Add ' below once you've done this.

3: For the method, choose the ' Alternate Methods ' tab and select ' HTML Tag '.

4: In the HTML that displays, copy the unique string of numbers and letters in the content=".." section.

You don't need to include the speech marks.

5: In The Toolkit, go to ' Search Engines ' and ' Settings '. At the bottom, you'll find a box for ' Website Verification Code '.

Paste the code here and press ' Save Changes '.

6: Go back to Google Webmaster Tools and press ' Verify '.

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