Google Search Console Setup

Create A Google Search Console Account

Create a free Google Search Console account by following the steps here:

After creating an account, add the web address for your website in the provided box and click on Add A Property.


Verify site ownership with Google Search Console

Once your website has been added to your account you will be asked to verify ownership of the site.

On the search console home page select Manage Property > Verify This Property next to the website you wish to verify.

Now choose how you wish to verify, and follow the relevant steps below.

Verify Via Domain Name Provider

Your domain name provider is the company you purchased your domain name from or where your website is hosted (this is not always the same company). This verification method can be done for a site that hasn’t gone live yet.

If you don’t see the domain name provider option listed under Recommended Method, look under the Alternate Method tab.

You will then be asked to choose your provider from a list of popular domain name used providers. If your provider is not listed, select Other to get instructions to add a TXT record to the DNS for your domain name. You will also have the option of adding a CNAME record instead if required.

Verify With An HTML Tag

  1. Click on the Alternate Methods tab and select HTML tag from the option list.

  2. Copy the meta tag script and go to a separate browser window, and login to your Neto control panel.

  3. From the Neto dashboard, go to Setup & Tools > All Settings & Tools.

  4. Click on the Analytics & 3rd Party Scripts tab and click Custom Scripts.

  5. Click the Add New button.

  6. Name the script Google Site Verification and scroll down to the tabulated Scripts section. In the Page Header section, paste the meta tag script and click Save as per the example below.

  7. Go back to the Google Webmaster tools page you were on previously and click the Verify button to complete the process.

Setup XML sitemaps For Google

The sitemap URL for Neto websites uses the following format:

Generate A Sitemap

Neto administrators will create a sitemap during the process of setting your website live; however, you can turn this on at any time by following the steps below:

  1. From Neto Dashboard navigate to Setup & Tools > All Settings & Tools.
  2. Under Processes & Scheduled Jobs menu, select on System Scheduled Tasks.
  3. Look for the process name called Site Map and tick the checkbox next to it. At the bottom of the page click With 1 Selected and choose Mark Selected As Active.
  4. Once this has saved, generate your site map instantly by clicking on the green Run Now button that corresponds with the Site Map task.

Submit My Sitemap To Google

  1. On your Google Search Console home page select your website.
  2. Select Crawl.
  3. Select Sitemaps.
  4. Select Add/Test Sitemap and enter sitemap_index.xml.gz
  5. Select Submit Sitemap.

Why does Neto use ‘sitemap_index.xml’ instead of ‘sitemap.xml’?

Some customers have extremely large websites with large numbers of both products and categories. Most search engines have limits on the size of the sitemap that you can submit to them but they support having multiple sitemap files. The sitemap_index.xml file is an XML file that lists multiple XML sitemap files. By using the sitemap index instead of a single sitemap file you are making sure that you do not have to update your webmaster tools if you outgrow having a single sitemap file.

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Last Modified: 22/08/2017 Neto Version: 6.10