How to Add Google Search Console on SquareSpace
Lots of steps are involved in building better rankings, but one of the first is setting up Google Search Console.
If you're having trouble connecting Google Search Console to your Squarespace site, you're not the only one. It's the most difficult component of setting up Squarespace SEO, according to many business owners.
But no worries because in this post, we'll go through exactly how to validate and submit a sitemap to Google Search Console for your Squarespace site.
Google Search Console is a great tool for getting important insights on your site's performance, but I really like using it to keep Google up to date on the newest updates to my websites, so they can reindex them as soon as possible.
However, your site must be linked and validated before you can submit a sitemap and examine URLs.
What Is Google Search Console?
Let me simply explain what Google Search Console (GSC) can do for you as a website owner in case you're completely unfamiliar with this free online tool.
GSC is a valuable tool that can help you manage your website's Google visibility. It keeps track of how well your site performs in searches and alerts you to any usability issues that need to be addressed.
The ability to speed up the indexing process is a big advantage of using GSC.
Your site won't show up in search results until it's indexed, which can take a long time due to the billions of pages on the internet. Instead of waiting, you may use the search console tool to request that Google crawl your sitemap or certain pages.
How to Verify Squarespace with Google Search Console
- Step 1: Create a Google Search Console account
- Step 2: Choose a site verification method
- Step 3: Complete the site verification process
- Step 4: Connect Squarespace with Google Search Console
- Submit sitemap (Optional)
- Request indexing new pages (Optional)
Make sure your Squarespace site is publicly accessible before you begin. That is to say:
- Your website is now live (trial sites will not work).
- On the homepage, there is no site-wide or page-specific password.
- Wait 72 hours before linking your site to Google Search Console if you recently connected your domain to a third-party site.
Note: Some of the methods may appear to be complicated, but they only require you to copy and paste the exact code provided. You'll be able to complete everything if you follow these instructions.
Step 1: Create a Google Search Console account
- Create a Google account (Gmail) if you don’t have one
- Go to Google Search Console and click Start
- Sign in using your business email account with Google
- Click Add property
You’ll see a screen that said “Welcome to Google Search Console. To start, select property type” like below:
Step 2: Choose a site verification method
You have two choices:
- DOMAIN: You can check all URLs at once, including subdomains and HTTPS and HTTP versions. However, you must utilize the DNS verification method, which might be challenging, particularly if you're using a third-party domain.
- URL PREFIX: For every mutation of your site domain (e.g. https://mysite.com, http://mysite.com...), you'll have to redo the verification process. However, you have the option of using simpler verification methods with this method.
If you're not tech-savvy, skip straight to the URL prefix options section.
Alternatively, you can take the plunge and do it once and for all by selecting the domain option and following the instructions below.
Step 3: Complete the site verification process
- Choose Domain
- Enter your domain without anything (e.g. mysite.com, not www.mysite.com)
- Copy the TXT record by clicking on the COPY button
- Open another tab and log in to Squarespace.
- Go to Settings > Domains > Click on your connected domain > DNS Settings
- Click on the ADD button at the bottom. Choose TXT from the drop-down, then paste the code you were given (if you don’t see the ADD button, that means you have a third-party domain provider and need to go to their site to add the TXT code)
- Click Save
- Go back to Search Console and click Verify
Copy the TXT record then open Squarespace.
Go to this page by Settings > Domains > Click on your connected domain > DNS Settings. Add copied TXT code to this.
URL Prefix Option
If the DNS verification approach is too complex for you, you can use the URL prefix:
- On Google Search Console, choose URL Prefix
- Enter your full domain (https://www.mysite.com) and click Continue
You'll be given five different ways to verify. Google will recommend uploading HTML as an option, but you should disregard it. Google Analytics or an HTML tag is the most straightforward choice.
Choose the Google Analytics option and click Verify if you've linked Squarespace to Google Analytics. That's all there is to it.
If you don't want to use Google Analytics, select the HTML tag option and follow the steps below:
- Click on the COPY button
- Open another tab and log in to Squarespace
- Go to Settings > Advanced > Code Injection
- Paste the code you have and click Save
- Go back to Search Console and click Verify
Step 4: Connect Squarespace with Google Search Console
- Go back to Squarespace > Analytics > Search Keywords
- Click Connect
- Log in to your business Google account and click Allow
...and you’re good to go!
How to Submit Squarespace Sitemap
You can submit your sitemap to Google Search Console once your Squarespace website has been validated.
A sitemap informs search engines about your website's pages, videos, and files, as well as their hierarchy. This makes it easier for search engines to crawl your site.
Submitting your sitemap to enable Google to find your website is highly advised for new sites with little or no external links.
Squarespace sitemap file is sitemap.xml
To submit a sitemap for Squarespace:
- On Google Search Console, go to Sitemaps under Index
- Add sitemap.xml under Add a new sitemap
- Click Submit
How to Request Indexing New Pages
You can also request that a specific page be indexed when you publish new pages. This can contribute to faster identification and ranking of your web pages.
To submit a page URL for indexing, use these steps:
- On Google Search Console, go to URL inspection
- Paste the page URL (e.g. https://www.mypage.com) and hit Enter
- Click Request Indexing
Google will still take a few days to index your site, but it will be much faster than doing nothing.
If you don't want to request indexing but still want Google to find your new pages easily, connect them to existing pages on your site.