Google Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster Tools

by John Vincent


Posted on May 12, 2018



This is part of a series of discussions regarding Deploying to a Digital Ocean Droplet.

For more details, please see Deploy TaskMuncher

TaskMuncher Google Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster Tools

Domain

Domain is

www.taskmuncher.com

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

taskmuncher.com

but that be confusing to some people.

I configured Nginx to redirect

taskmuncher.com
to
www.taskmuncher.com

Add a Site

Website is

https://www.taskmuncher.com

Open Google Webmaster Tools

  • Add a Property
  • Website, www.taskmuncher.com
    • Add

Repeat steps below also for

  • Add a Property
  • Website, taskmuncher.com
    • Add

Verify your ownership of the domain.

There are many different options.

Open Google Webmaster Tools

Select https://www.taskmuncher.com

  • 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 www.taskmuncher.com/google9104b904281bf3a3.html
  3. Confirm successful upload
    • https://www.taskmuncher.com/google9104b904281bf3a3.html
  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 taskmuncher.com. google-site-verification=oHiXOxS0RUkZcO3NPSNr0MmQfDYL4GNAfSOD4mBqQVo

To do this with Google Domains, add the following record

Name: @
Type: TXT
TTL: 1h
Data:
google-site-verification=oHiXOxS0RUkZcO3NPSNr0MmQfDYL4GNAfSOD4mBqQVo

Repeat steps

Repeat the verification steps so that have verified properties for

  • https://www.taskmuncher.com
  • https://taskmuncher.com
  • http://www.taskmuncher.com
  • http://taskmuncher.com

Site Settings

From Search Console

  • Select: https://www.taskmuncher.com
  • Site Settings (gear icon)
    • Preferred domain: display URLs as www.taskmuncher.com

Crawl Settings

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

Robots

Create robots.txt

User-agent: *
Sitemap: https://www.taskmuncher.com/sitemap.xml

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