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If you are a new client of ours, we’ve likely asked you to add us as an owner in Google Search Console.
What is Google Search Console?
Google Search Console is a free tool provided by Google to help people understand and optimize aspects of their search presence. Here are a few of the things you can do with Google Search Console:
- Submit a sitemap, so that Google can crawl it and index your pages
- See whether your site is mobile-friendly and see suggestions for improving the mobile experience
- Get notification of your site being hacked
- Get notification of manual penalties by Google
- Find out about broken pages (404 not found errors)
- Understand your search presence through keyword click and impression information
- Review links pointing to your site
Plus, there are many other more advanced and technical features that we’ll save for another time.
Google Search Console versus Google Webmaster Tools
Google Search Console and Google Webmaster Tools are the same tool. This product was called Google Webmaster Tools for about 10 years. Then, Google re-branded in May 2015 and the new name is Google Search Console. This is a more inclusive name, because for a long time, many people besides webmasters have used the tool.
Adding an Owner in Google Search Console
When you add someone else as as a Owner in Google Search Console, you are allowing them to access the account for your website through their own Google login. That way, you don’t need to provide your Google login and password.
Why Should We Add You as an Owner?
Adding a person as an Owner in Google Search Console doesn’t mean that you are giving away ownership of your site. Google has three levels of permission: Restricted user, Full user and Owner. You can find all of the details on permissions here. There are two permissions that are included only in the Owner permission profile that we use for clients. These are: Change of address and Link Google Analytics account.
1. Log in to Google Search Console
Go here: https://www.google.com/webmasters and click the Sign in to Search Console button. You can click on any image in this blog post to see a larger version.
2. Enter Your Email Address
Next, enter your email address and click Next to begin the sign in process. You may see places to enter both your email address and password on the same screen. If that is the case, enter them both and click the button to continue to the next step. Click Need help? if you don’t remember your email address. Google will give you choices for recovering it. Once you have recovered your email address for the account, log out and go back to the first step.
3. Enter Your Password
Enter your password and click Sign in. Click Forgot password? if you don’t remember your password. Google will give you choices for recovering it. Once you have recovered your password, log out and go back to the first step.
4. Click Manage Property Next to one of Your URLs.
You’ll be brought to the Google Search Console homepage, where you’ll click the Manage property button next to the URL (website address) of your your site. A menu will drop down. From there, click on Add or remove users. You will not see this option if you are not an owner. Only owners can add and remove users or owners. If there are versions of your site with and without the www or one with http and one with https, you’ll need to repeat these steps for each of those variations.
5. Click Manage Property Owners
Click Manage property owners, which is to the left of the red ADD A NEW USER button.
6. Click Add an Owner button
7. Type in the Email Address
A box will pop up on the same screen. Type in the email address you want to add into the box. If we’ve asked you to add us, we’ll provide you with the email address. Click the Continue button. You have now added an Owner to Google Search console!
8. Return to Step 4 if You Have More than One Variation of Your URL
If you found more than one version of your URL in Step 4, click on the words Search Console in red to go back to the URL list you found in Step 4. Follow Steps 4-8 until you have all the URLs for your website have the email address added as an owner.
That’s it! Remember to sign out when you are done by clicking your email address at the top right of the screen and then clicking the Sign out button in the drop down. Let us know if you have any questions by commenting below or filling out our contact form.
Here’s Google’s documentation on adding an Owner to Google Search Console.