Google Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster Tools

by John Vincent

Posted on May 12, 2018

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Google Webmaster Tools


Domain is

Please note this is a choice. I chose to use www. as this is mostly what people expect to see. Personally I would prefer to use

but that be confusing to some people.

I configured Nginx to redirect

Add a Site

Website is

Open Google Webmaster Tools

  • Add a Property
  • Website,
    • Add

Repeat steps below also for

  • Add a Property
  • Website,
    • Add

Verify your ownership of the domain.

There are many different options.

Open Google Webmaster Tools


  • Gear wheel icon (top right)
  • Verification details
  • Verify using a different method

HTML file upload

Select HTML file upload

Tool has 4 steps

  1. Download the verification file [google9104b904281bf3a3.html]
  2. Upload file to
  3. Confirm successful upload
  4. Verify

HTML tag

  • Copy meta tag to site's home page

Added to index.html

<meta name="google-site-verification" content="<your own tag>" />
  • Verify by viewing the page source

Domain Name provider (optional)

  • Domain Name provider
    • Google Domains
  1. Add the TXT record below to the DNS configuration for google-site-verification=oHiXOxS0RUkZcO3NPSNr0MmQfDYL4GNAfSOD4mBqQVo

To do this with Google Domains, add the following record

Name: @
Type: TXT
TTL: 1h

Repeat steps

Repeat the verification steps so that have verified properties for


Site Settings

From Search Console

  • Select:
  • Site Settings (gear icon)
    • Preferred domain: display URLs as

Crawl Settings

  • Crawl (left menu)
    • Sitemaps
    • Add/Test Sitemap
    • select:
    • Add/test sitemap
      • sitemap.xml
    • press Submit


Create robots.txt

User-agent: *

Open Google Webmaster Tools

Select your website.

If robots.txt is not listed, will need to convince Google to look for it.

Mid bottom

  • provide path of robots.txt
  • submit

Ask Google to look again.

Google will find robots.txt

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