Author Kyle
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Google Search Console (formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools), is a free platform provided to you by Google to help offer you insights into how Google interprets your website, any problems/errors, keyword and ranking data, security insights, along with several other configurations/reports/tools.

It is important that you set-up Console with your websites as you build them out. These insights you attain will be important to your overall SEO success, and will lead to much better indexing and subsequently rankings.

In this video I walk you through the following processes:

  • How to Setup a Google Account
  • Getting Google Search Console set-up
  • How to Verify your website in your Wordpress Back Office
  • Creating a SiteMap using All in One SEO
  • Submitting a SiteMap to Google
  • A Look Around of Google Search Console
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Danette1015 Premium
Like a few others, I also got the message: "This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it...." And my sitemap did not have any URL's showing on it.

I have read all the comments and replies to comments more than once, and nothing so far has specifically helped with the message itself.

However, I have been able to work around it and still get posts indexed, with 100% success.

So I wrote a short training on it (my first training) -- Hope this is of help to others.

If anyone figures out how to get the sitemap to show the URL's, and not have this message on it, that would be appreciated. But in the meantime, I'm thankful that we can still get our posts indexed.
rossntwk Premium
Great, I got Google Search Console sett up but when I tried to view my XML Sitemap I gor this message:
"This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below."
What does this mean and how do I fix it?
Thank you!
AV2001 Premium
Hey Ross,

That's probably because you haven't added the XML Sitemap properly or you made a mistake in copying the URL and pasting it correctly.

Best Regards,
rossntwk Premium
Thank you
AV2001 Premium
Your Welcome!
Barney44 Premium
Feel like trying to create my website is one of those things that if anything can go wrong it will happen to me.

Posted several posts (or at least thought I had) and then noticed on my profile page "Posts" was "0". Understand that need to set up Google Search Console in order to safely remove posts and be able to repost.

Google Search Console shows my site is verified but can not get into the dashboard.

There are several issues involved in this but this will be a start to clear this up.

Dashnow Premium
I have tried this several times and here is how it looks in the editor;
<?php wp_head(); ?>
<meta name="google-site-verification" content="gwEYthAVtg5IFTETXfJByj8AI19zYdZ0k5YzMf2zRB8" />

Unless my eyes deceive me this is correct however every time I try to verify it fails. Help.
feigner Premium
you already have a head within your theme.
there are two ways of doing this
one is to add the headers and footers plugin and add it to the head area that way
or if it is google earch onsole you can use the google analytics code to verify it if you go to te other methods tab.
te number above maybe able to be added to all in one seo in the google webmaster verification section
hope you get it sorted
Dashnow Premium
Are you saying to put the HTML verification code in the webmaster section? I am not following. This is all Greek to me. If so where do I find this section on my website?
feigner Premium
go to your all in one general section and scroll down to where it shows in the picture above and you can put the code in there.
Dashnow Premium
I tried that and it still does not work. I am losing my mind. About to give up on this!
feigner Premium
i normally tick the use google analytic option in search console.
but you can use headers and footers plugin instead.
MinaKim Premium
Just confirmation / help. I am about to add the HTML tag from Google Search Console to my website's header.php part.
I do understand that I should past the "tag" in the <head> section before the <body> section.

My theme is different from what Kyle's using. I just want to make sure where to paste it exactly. I don't want to break my website =(

Please check my screenshot. Thanks
MJL71 Premium
Use a plugin. It's called Header & Footer Scripts. Go to your plugins page on your site and search for that. Install it and you can paste codes into either Header or Footer. You may not see it on your site when you preview, but it'll be there - I had the same problem with pasting code. This should work, and if you still need more help, post a general question from your profile page. Other people know more than I know!

Good luck!
MinaKim Premium
Thanks! Yeah you're right using plugin is more easier and safer.
Somehow, this problem has been solved with the help of fellow WAers.
Thanks again! And wishing you good luck as well!