I had to figure out how to get my website and blog posts indexed because I intentionally kept the box checked 'Discourage search engines from indexing this site' in Wordpress > Settings > Reading > 'Search Engine Visibility'

I needed time to construct the website and get a few blog posts ready before officially launching the website.

Once I set up Google Search Console and Google Analytics I realized that even after unchecking the box in Wordpress I still had a tag in code that said 'no indexing.' I finally got it fixed (under Yoast) only after a few days of wondering why the website still wasn't indexed.

This meant waiting for Google to Index my pages. I am too impatient for that so I searched and found old Google Webmaster Tools instructions to force a crawl. I used the same logic and applied it to the new Google Search Console and realized every page I put in was being indexed immediately!

So, I had to share the step by step instructions with the WA Community!

Check Your Website, Page, or Post in Google Search Console

Before starting this step be sure that you have created a Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools) Account and added your website URL as a "property".

1. Log into Google Search Console

2. Click URL inspection in the Left Menu (your website should already show up if you set up your account as a property in Google Search Console:

3. Type in or copy and paste the entire URL for the page you want Indexed in the Search Bar:

4. If you page hasn't been indexed you should see a message stating the 'URL is not on Google':



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Ron55 Premium
Hi Melani. Thank you for sharing. I knew about GSC URL Inspection but I never knew about the second step - Test Live URL. When I did that and checked Google, I found out that a third of my posts weren't indexed yet. So, many, many thanks. Ron
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BvVugt Premium
Thank you! I love this.
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Treadstone02 Premium
HI 2 you, I think I'm needing some step by steps on the getting started with this as I've never used it nor have I used Google Analytics. Having brought my own domain name, am I choosing "domain" at the start or "URL Prefix" - it's a bit complex?

As for the verification parts and methods after, well I got confused and stuck, so generally need a helpful step by step process, if anyone can help?
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SirTristan Premium
It would help to know what point you are at in the training right now.
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Treadstone02 Premium
HI 2 you, I'm up and running on level 3 now, have just signed up for an affiliate network and am working on another article/post for the site, as per request of the training.
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Triblu Premium
Excellent tutorial Melani!
Liked and tagged for future referencing and sharing.
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AlohaMelani Premium
Thank you so much! It was my first training so I wasn't sure how well it would be received!

~Aloha
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JohnTurco Premium
Great stuff!... Thanks for sharing, Melani
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AlohaMelani Premium
I appreciate the support!

~Aloha
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