Google site verification

Verify ownership of your website and gain access to Google Search Console tools like indexing.

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This video features an old UI. Updated version coming soon!

In this lesson:

  1. Add your site to the Google Search Console
  2. Paste your ID in your Webflow project settings
  3. Verify your site
  4. Submit your site to Google for indexing

Google verification [↗] allows you to verify ownership of a domain so you can use the Google Search Console [↗] tools. These tools give you access to Google search data and allow you to submit your sitemap so that your site is indexed in Google search results.

Although you can verify your domain ownership in a number of ways, the method we describe here is the easiest way to verify your Webflow site.

Add your site to the Google Search Console

To add your website to the Google Search Console, you’ll need a Google account

  1. Go to the Google Search Console [↗] and log into your Google account
  2. Add a new property [↗] from the property dropdown
  3. Choose “URL prefix” and type in your domain with the https:// protocol (ex. https://www.domain.com)
  4. Choose the “HTML tag” option under other verification methods
  5. Copy the Verification ID (string of numbers and letters in between the quotations that appear after `content=”`). Don’t close the window!

Paste your ID in your Webflow project settings

In another browsing tab:

  1. Open your Webflow dashboard and go to your project’s SEO settings
  2. Paste the verification ID you copied in the Google site verification field
  3. Save the changes
  4. Publish your site

Verify your site

Return to the Google Search Console and press “verify.”

If you’ve closed the property verification window, open the property dropdown and select the domain you want to verify. Choose the “HTML tag” option again and click “verify.”

Good to know
  • You only need to verify your domain ownership once. Although you can verify a site multiple times, if your domain is already verified using another method, you won't need to use this method to verify it again.
  • If you want multiple users to verify ownership of your domain so they can access the Google Search Console, make sure that none of them overwrites any verification tokens of any other owners. It's recommended that they use another method to verify their ownershipRead Google's guide to learn more.
  • If your site is already verified, you can grab the HTML tag verification ID again from your Google Search Console. Select your site’s domain in the property dropdown. Open the Google Search Console settings. Choose “Ownership verification.” Choose the “HTML tag” option again and copy the Verification ID (string of numbers and letters in between the quotations that appear after `content=”`).

Submit your site to Google for indexing

Once the verification process is complete, you can submit your website to Google for indexing.

Google may automatically find your website through a link on another site, but verifying ownership and asking Google to index your site will get you on Google faster.
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