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.
Why Should I Add You as an Owner?
When you add someone else as an 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.
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 button. You can click on any image in this blog post to see a larger version.
You might see the screen below after clicking SIGN IN. If so, click Start now. If not, go to Step 2.
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 Forget email? (not shown) 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. Select Your Property
You’ll be brought to the Google Search Console dashboard for a recent property you viewed. If that’s not the correct property, use the drop-down at the top left of your screen to select your property. There may be multiple variations of your property, like https://mcculloughwebservices.com, https://www.mcculloughwebservices.com, and others. You will need to take the steps outlined below for each variation.
5. Click Settings in the Left Sidebar
You may need to use the scrollbar to scroll to near the bottom of the menu in the left sidebar and find and click Settings.
6. Click Users and Permissions
Click anywhere in the Users and permissions row to be taken to the next step.
7. Use the 3-dot Menu to Click Manage Property Owners
This option will only be available if you are an Owner!
Find the row that has your Name, Email, and Permission, which must say Owner. If it doesn’t say Owner and you’re one of our clients, let us know. If you are not a client, find out how to get verified as an owner on Google’s support page.
At the end of that row, you will see 3 vertical dots. Click on those and then click on Manage property owners when it appears.
A new browser tab will open. Do not close the Users and permissions tab you were on.
8. Click Add an Owner button
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the gray Add an owner button.
9. 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!
10. Return to Settings Page
If you found more than one version of your URL in Step 4, close the current tab and go back to the Users and permissions tab in your browser. Repeat steps 4-9 for each URL variation.
Adding an Owner to Google Search Console Wrap Up
That’s it! Remember to sign out when you are done by clicking your initial at the top right of the screen and then clicking the Sign out button in the dropdown.
For another reference, here’s Google’s documentation on adding an Owner to Google Search Console.