Joomla SEO Tutorial: How to Submit Your Joomla Website to Google Search Console
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You’ve been able to properly setup your Joomla website, and now, you need to let the world know about it. Submitting your website to search engines (example Google) means you want to let the world know about your website.
Google Search Console comes with two User Interface. These Interface are:
- New User Interface (Google Search Console)
- Old User Interface (Google Webmaster Tools)
If you haven’t submitted your Joomla XML sitemap to Google Search Console/Webmaster Tools, see:
Google Search Console was formally called Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) and was later changed to Google Search Console (GSC).
In this tutorial, we’ll learn to submit our Joomla website using the two User Interface Google Search Console has.
What are the Differences Between Google Search Console and Google Webmaster Tools?
The change of name and the change/improvement in the User Interface (UI) are the differences, these differences are minor. Apart from the mentioned, there are no (other) differences. GSC and GWT are the same!
The User Interface (UI) of Google Search Console is more advanced than that of Google Webmaster Tools. Because it’s built using the more advanced technologies. Yet, users still choose Google Webmaster Tools over Google Search Console.
I’m confused, Which Should I Use?
It’s actually the User Interface you feel more comfortable using, both are being owned and maintained by Google. What you should note is that; be it Google Search Console (GSC) or Webmaster Tools (GWT), both will be submitted to Google database. Use the User Interface you are most comfortable with, you’ll still get the targetted result.
If you decide to use Google Search Console to submit your Joomla website, it actually depends on you, the one that you are most comfortable using. What if you decide to use Google Webmaster Tools? There’s absolutely no problem, the good thing is that both of them submits your Joomla website to Google database.
Create an Account with Google Search Console
Google Search Console formally known as Google Webmasters Tools, is owned and managed by Google.
Before your website could be submitted to Google Search Console, you’ll have to own or create a Gmail account. Your Gmail account will help you get notifications on your website, etc.
If you don’t have a gmail account, visit Gmail.com to create one.
Submit Your Joomla Website to Google Using the: New Interface (Google Search Console)
Visit the Google search console page. You’ll be asked to login to your Google or Gmail account in order to proceed. Google Search Console is owned by Google, so, your Google account/Gmail account username and password are safe. So, login with your details.
You’ll be taken to Google Search Console page. On the console page, click on the property dropdown selector.
Click the add property link.
Enter the URL of the website you want to create a property/submit to Google Search Console. Note that you must enter the correct URL of your website, that is, if your website has SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate or is SSL enabled (https), you must enter it into the website address field.
What if I want to create a property/submit my Joomla subdomain? If you installed Joomla on a sub directory, enter it correctly into the website address field and hit the submit button.
Do well to add http before your Joomla website address. For example: http://jovialguide.com. If your website uses https protocol, add it before your Joomla website address. For example: https://jovialguide.com. If your website address has triple www before the main address, add www before the main website address. For example: http://www.jovialguide.com.
Verifying Your Joomla Website with Google Search Console
On the next page (when you click submit), you’ll be provided with 3 options of one, to verify that you own the domain you are submitting to search console. Select the file upload method if you have access to the cPanel of your web hosting account.
Login to the cPanel of your web hosting account, click on File Manager » htdocs, » upload the meta file provided to you by Google here. The path becomes » htdocs » uploaded_file. Click confirm on the search console page when you are done uploading the provided file.
Click on the HTML meta tag verification method. You’ll be provided with an HTML meta verification tag that looks like this:
<meta name="google-verification" content="your google verification code goes here" />
To learn how to properly verify your Joomla website with Google Search Console, see:
If you have verified your Joomla website with Google Search Console using the meta tag generated to you by Google, you have successfully created/submitted and verified your Joomla website with Google Search Console.
What if I prefer Google Webmaster Tools over Google Search Console? This JovialGuide covers all (submitting your Joomla website to Google Search Console/Webmaster Tools).
How to Submit Your Joomla Website to Google Using the: Old Interface (Google Webmaster Tools)
This section covers how you could easily submit your Joomla website to Google Webmaster Tools if you don’t like the new UI of Google Search Console.
Visit Google Webmaster Tools page. If you are asked to sign into your account, do so!
On the Webmaster Tools page, click on Crawl » Add Property .
Enter the correct URL of your Joomla website according to the way it displays in the browser address bar. If your website has https enabled, enter it into the submit website field.
Verifying Your Joomla Website with Google Webmaster Tools
You’ll have to have access (as an administrator) to the website you are submitting to Google Webmaster Tools in order to verify ownership.
You’ll be provided with three different verification methods which you are to pick just one.
Select the file upload method if you have access to the cPanel of your web hosting account.
Login to the cPanel of your web hosting account, click on File Manager » htdocs, » upload the meta file provided to you by Google here. The path becomes » htdocs » uploaded_file. Click confirm on the Webmaster Tools page when you are done uploading the provided file.
We’ve written a comprehensive tutorial that will teach you how to verify your Joomla website with Google Search Console/Webmaster Tools. See:
If you are able to see a success message, congratulations, you’ve verified your Joomla website with Google Webmaster Tools.
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You’ve found out how powerful Google search engine is over others. You should note that submitting your Joomla website to Google Search Console/Webmaster Tools won’t on it own generate organic traffic to your Joomla website. But, since Search Engine optimization is a continuous practice, you have to keep practicing and optimizing your Joomla website for search engines.
At JovialGuide, we provide SEO tutorials that teaches you to optimize your website (built on all platform) for search engines. Take a visit to our SEO Tutorials section.
This JovialGuide has also taught you that Google Search Console and Google Webmaster Tools aren’t different things or different bodies. They are just the same! The only difference is the improvement in technology and a change of name.
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