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Added May 14, 2018

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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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Barney44 Premium
Is there a written step by step instruction? When I click on “view your XML sitemap get message. “this XML file does not appear to have any style information with it. The document tree is shown below” There is nothing below.

Did I maybe miss something in the verification process.

Also doing this on my test site and only have 3 posts if that makes a difference.
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Danette1015 Premium
I had this same problem. Take a look at this: When you click on this training, look particularly at Lesson 2.
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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.
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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!
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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,
AV2001
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rossntwk Premium
Thank you
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AV2001 Premium
Your Welcome!
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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.

webiste http://illinoisbarry.com
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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" />
</head>

Unless my eyes deceive me this is correct however every time I try to verify it fails. Help.
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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
phil
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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?
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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.
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Dashnow Premium
I tried that and it still does not work. I am losing my mind. About to give up on this!
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feigner Premium
i normally tick the use google analytic option in search console.
but you can use headers and footers plugin instead.
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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
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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!
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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!
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JohnJStanley Premium
Thanks Kyle,
I'm doing the Affiliate Bootcamp now so setting up my 2nd site after stopping my first site from the Online Certification Course as I prefer the Affiliate Bootcamp niche. Anyway with my first website I had a Fiverr guy do this for me and he setup 2 properties the https:// version and the http://
I think that was because that site from 2017 didn't yet have the https:// setup.
Anyway for my 2nd (current) site I have setup the https:// property, do I also need to setup the http:// property?
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Triblu Premium
Hey John,

Nope... you won't have to setup the HTTP version when that has never existed. Unless, of course, sometime down the line, you decide to no longer protect your website with a security certificate, only then would you need to add the HTTP version.

Hope you find this helpful.
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JohnJStanley Premium
Thanks so much, much appreciated! Yes the HTTP version never existed, I started it with WA in July 2018. Regards John
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keure Premium
Hi, Kyle, I just posted a few days ago and it's indexed. Now my question is do I have to add to search console when you build other websites or Google does for you automatically?
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onmyownterms Premium
If you build another domain, yes, you should add it to your Search Console, if you're just adding content to your original site, there is no need to add it manually to Google, it will be found automatically in time.
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keure Premium
Thank you, how about sitemaps? It's already there.
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onmyownterms Premium
If you've submitted sitemaps, you're good to go.
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keure Premium
Thank you so much
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JPride Premium
So I tried to view my sitemap after I activated it in AIO SEO, and I got this message.

"This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below."

I am not sure what I did wrong. I followed all the steps like Kyle said. Does anyone know how I can fix this?
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TechieFinch Premium
Hi! Was this solved? I got the same problem.
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viyee Premium
Great training, Kyle. Thank you very much. Luckily, I went through the video once again and found that I had missed something out. Appreciate your training.
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mbstory4 Premium
I cannot get any videos to play can anyone help
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rolland Premium
Not sure but, Videos seem to work best using Google Chrome
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mbstory4 Premium
Thanks I'll try that.
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rolland Premium
Going through the training and adding the code to Theme Header php file I get an error saying this.

Unable to communicate back with site to check for fatal errors, so the PHP change was reverted. You will need to upload your PHP file change by some other means, such as by using SFTP.

I went through the training twice to be sure I did not miss something. Any idea how to fix the problem?
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Kyoko817 Premium
I can't believe this! I had set up Console, had sitemap but did not submit the sitemap to Google! For some reason, I thought having sitemap was enough. Thank you for this training and I should be all set!
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LouisaB Premium
Great training. Even though I've had this training before, I'm still a bit raw on the edges.
Again, this was right-on at a perfect time. However, I still need to watch it again, to assure that I got it down packed.

What I 'll do is practice on another site, just to go through theses steps again.

Thank You for another awesome lesson.

Louisa B
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Donnie58 Premium
Kyle, thanks for this training! It was very timely for me.

I was just about ready to search Wealthy Affiliate for training on how to do this! It has troubled me for a while now on how to verify a site! Google Search Console doesn't explain it very well.

The training was so simple that even a non-techie older guy like me could easily figure it out.

That's what I love about Wealthy Affiliate! If I was going it alone I would NEVER be able to figure this stuff out! Thanks again!

Donnie
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Lazyblogger Premium
Good stuff.
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Kyle Premium
Glad you liked it!
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onmyownterms Premium
Great training! Thanks for the video!

FYI: If you purchase your domain names from Google, you don't have to verify the properties because they already know you're the owner!
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, the only problem is that you then you have to be connected to Google with your domain purchases. It can make things a bit easier though.
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onmyownterms Premium
Yeah, I was one of their Beta users on the 'Name Kitchen' project they had when they started rolling out the other 'fancy'.TLDs, so I've had all my stuff consolidated there for years... it's made me a bit lazy with Search Console.
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