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Create a Google Webmaster Account

Overview

A Google webmaster account is way to verify ownership of your website and be able to request updates of your links that rerun in the Google search results to your visitors. To make a request to update links you will need to create a Google Webmaster account and make a request for the re-crawl (or re-index). Once your site ownership has been verified, you can choose to request a crawl or submit a sitemap via the Webmaster Tools interface to have the Google search results updated.

As the owner of your website, it is best practice for you to create and maintain this account so that you can maintain your own Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and have access to the console as needed.

Important Note

  • After you establish the account and the meta tag has been verified by a CivicPlus Support Representative, you have the option to submit a sitemap; otherwise, your website will begin to recrawl automatically after verification is complete. 

Instructions

Create an Account

  1. Navigate to the Webmaster site
  2. Select Sign InSign_In.png
  3. Enter your Gmail address
    Enter_Gmail_Address.png
  4. Enter your Gmail password
    Enter_Gmail_Password.png
  5. Select Next
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  6. Search Console will display; your account with Webmaster now exists
    Search_Console.png

Verify Ownership of Your Site

  1. Log into Webmaster Console
  2. Enter your website name into the text box
    Welcome_to_Search_Console.png
  3. Select Add a Property
    Add_a_Property.png
  4. Navigate to Alternate Methods tab
    Alternate_Methods.png
  5. Select HTML Tag
    HTML_Tag.png
  6. Copy and paste the meta tag and send it to CivicPlus SupportAlternate_Methods.png
    • Note: Your site must be live for this step.
  7. CivicPlus Support will configure the meta tag and ask you to press Verify when they are finished
    Verify.png
  8. View Site Ownership Message when this process is complete
    • Note: Once site ownership has been verified, it will automatically begin to recrawl and re-index. 

Submit a Sitemap

  1. See this Google Search Console Help article for steps to build and submit a sitemap
  2. Click Crawl
  3. Click Sitemaps
  4. Click ADD/TEST SITEMAP (right corner)
  5. Type sitemap.xml
  6. Click Submit



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