Google Search Console
Using Search Console with your website
Search Console provides actionable reports, tools, and learning resources designed to get your content on Google Search.
Managing your website with Search Console
Day to day
Relax — After you’ve signed up for Search Console, you’ll receive email if any unusual events occur with your website. Unusual events include indications that your website has been hacked or problems that Google had when crawling or indexing your site. We will also email you if we detect that your site violates any of Google’s search quality guidelines.
Every month or so, take a look at your Search Console status; the status page is the simplest way to get a quick health check on your site:
- Make sure that you aren’t experiencing an increase in errors for your site.
- Check that you don’t have any unusual dips in your click counts. Note that a weekly rhythm of weekend dips, or dips or spikes over holidays, is normal.
When your content changes
Check Search Console whenever you make important site changes to monitor your site’s behavior in Google Search.
Adding new content to your site:
- Test that Google can access your pages using the URL Inspection tool.
- Tell Google which pages to crawl by updating your sitemap.
- Tell Google which pages not to crawl using robots.txt or noindex tags.
- A few weeks after you post content, confirm that the number of indexed pages in your site is rising.
Adding new properties:
- We recommend using a single site that adapts to users on any device, but if you decide to have a separate site for mobile users, be sure to add it to Search Console, and add <link rel=”alternate”> tags to connect it to your existing site.
- For sites targeted at a specific country or language, follow our guidelines for international or multilingual sites.
If you change your site’s domain name:
- Use the change of address tool to point Google search to your new location.
Removing a page from search results:
- Use the Remove URLs tool and take other appropriate steps to block crawling and/or indexing.