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Understanding Google Search Console — why it’s essential for you

March 12, 2024
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You’ve probably been wondering: when I launch my website, what does it take for Google to notice me, and how long before I show up on Google? Because, let’s face it, you want to be visible on Google in the best way possible. Let’s get into this.

What is Google Search Console?

Google Search Console is a complimentary service from Google that assists in monitoring, maintaining, and troubleshooting your site’s presence in Google Search results. While signing up for Search Console isn’t mandatory for inclusion in Google’s Search results, it offers valuable insights into how Google views your site, helping you to optimize visibility.

Now, let’s focus on the essentials for gaining traffic and optimizing your site’s performance.

How does it work?

Google uses a bot to crawl web pages that are accessible for crawling. This bot evaluates whether a page should appear in search results. For a page to be indexed, it must be accessible (returning an HTTP status code of 200), indicating that it’s available to visitors. Pages that return a 404 (not found) status are not indexed. Additionally, Google prioritizes mobile-friendly websites, as this affects user experience.

Google Search Console provides insights into indexing issues and allows for the re-indexing of new or updated content. It shows how often your site appears in search, which queries display your site, click-through rates, and more. It also sends alerts for indexing, spam, or other issues and identifies which sites link to yours.

One of the great advantages of Google Search Console is the ability to request indexing of changes, potentially seeing those changes reflected in Google Search within a few hours.

Who should use it?

Who should use Google Search Console? Essentially, anyone working with websites can benefit. Whether you’re not tech-savvy but want to improve your online presence, or you’re deeply involved in SEO, marketing, site administration, or web development, understanding Google Search Console is crucial.

Are there any requirements to use it?

To use Google Search Console, you need a recent version of browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari, with cookies and JavaScript enabled, and a valid Google account. These requirements are easily met by most.

Now for the best part

The best part? My templates are designed with Google Search Console’s criteria in mind, ensuring a good start in search results. Please note, any modifications you make could impact Google’s approval, but I’ve considered all necessary practices to optimize your initial visibility.

I hope this post has been informative and valuable. I’m eager to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Hey, I’m Maria, the founder of wunduri! I’m big on tech, bigger on creativity, and here to help your online presence shine. Let’s make cool stuff happen online, shall we?

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