Using Google Search Console

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As a website owner, you can verify your site ownership in Google Search Console to get your store noticed and listed in Google's search engine. Once it’s verified, you will get access to the private Google Search data about your site. You will be able to see how your website has been indexed, identify and repair errors, and understand your overall store performance.

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Verifying your website ownership in Google Search Console

If you’ve added Ecwid store to your own website, verify the site ownership:

  1. Open Google Search Console.
  2. Select the preferred property type:
    • Domain: it matches URLs with any protocol or subdomain (http/https/www./m./etc), but can be verified only via DNS record;
    • URL Prefix: this property type covers only the exactly matching URLs but can be verified via different methods.

Select property type

  1. Enter your site’s URL as a new property of the selected type, then click Continue.
  2. Choose the preferred verification method from the list of offered methods (note that for the Domain type of property you will be offered to use verification via Domain name provider only):

Verification methods

  1. Follow instructions under the chosen method to get verified.

Verifying Starter Site ownership in Google Search Console

If you are using Ecwid Starter Site, you can prove the site ownership in these steps:

  1. Open Google Search Console.
  2. Enter the web address of your Starter Site as a URL prefix property type:

URL prefix

  1. Click on Continue.
  2. Choose the HTML Tag method from a list of different verification methods.
  3. Copy the meta code that pops up:

HTML tag

  1. Open the Ecwid control panel → Starter Site page in a new browser tab.
  2. Scroll down to the Header meta tags and site verification section and paste your meta tag there:

Add tag to Starter Site

  1. Save the changes.
  2. Return to your Google Search Console, then click on Verify to complete the verification process.

It usually takes a few days for the data to show in Google Search Console. Check the status of your site verification in Google Search Console → Settings → Ownership Verification page.

Search Console settings

Ways to use Google Search Console

Now that your site ownership is verified, you can submit your Sitemap via Google Search Console to speed up your store indexation.

You can check indexed pages on your site in Google Search Console → Index → Coverage page. If there are issues, Google Search Console will prompt corrective action. You will see four tabs - Error, Valid with Warnings, Valid, Excluded:

Indexation Coverage

Error

Displays pages that can not be indexed. Google Search Console will show the reason and how to fix it.

Valid with warnings

Displays pages that have been indexed with some issues. Check the pages in Google Search Console to see if the issues were intentional or should be corrected.

Valid

Displays successfully indexed pages.

Excluded

Displays pages that were intentionally not indexed and will not appear in Google. Ecwid Starter Sites exclude pages such as /cart and /search - they are intentionally blocked from indexation as their content is different for every visitor.

Google Search Console is limited to pages that have been crawled by Google robots. The Console displays a menu that shows how Google “reads” a specific page.

Page in Search Console

You can send a page for re-indexing with corrected errors.

If you do not see a specific page in the Console, it means that Google has not yet crawled the page. Robots do not crawl new sites very often, but as your site grows older and becomes more popular, Google will check the site more often.

Related articles

Submitting your sitemap
Custom domain for Ecwid Starter Site
HTTPS for your domain if you have your own site
Making your store indexed by Google
Getting reports using Google Analytics
Set up advertising with Google Shopping Ads

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