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Claim the Domains You Own in Google Search Console

You bought a new domain name and built a separate blog/website on it.

Congratulations! That makes you a webmaster!

Now you need to help Google recognize your ownership and index your website properly so you can be found!

As the website owner, you should be “claiming ownership” of your site in the Google Search Console.

After doing so, you can then:

  1. tell Google to prioritize a specific version of your site over another in results (e.g., https over http),
  2. see the performance (total website search clicks),
  3. add sitemaps, so Google knows how your website is organized, and
  4. view errors on any pages on your website that Google might be having (e.g., mobile responsiveness issues, robots can’t crawl page).
To do this:
  1. Go here: https://www.google.com/webmasters
  2. Sign in with your Google account.
  3. In the upper left, click “+Add Property”. A domain/website is a property.
  4. Follow the instructions so Google can verify your ownership. I recommend doing the ‘whole domain’ and not ‘URL prefix’ because that way you are claiming ownership of all pages and versions of your site at once. All you’ll have to do is go into wherever your DNS records are and add a few.
  5. Make sure you check into your search console regularly to claim new domains you started using, and check all domains you already added for any errors Google has detected that you should fix!

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