Basic Search Console usage for website owners

If you're a light user of Search Console (meaning that your website isn't your business, it just describes your business), here's a good way to use 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.

Note: It can take some time after verifying your site to start seeing data in Search Console reports; we’ll let you know when your data becomes available.

Monthly...

Every month or so, take a look at your Search Console dashboard; the overview 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.
If you have questions about how to read a report, click the help button Help at the top of the page to learn more. See a list of our reports and what they're used for.

OPEN YOUR DASHBOARD

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:

Adding new properties:

If you change your site’s domain name:

Removing a page from search results:

  • If you don't need a page removed immediately from Search, simply remove (or redirect) the page, and Google will notice and remove the page from Search. However, if you really must remove a page immediately, remove the page from the web and then use the Removals tool.
  • If you want to block pages from indexing, here are other appropriate steps to block crawling and/or indexing.
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