Which URLs Should You Add in Google Search Console?

Here’s how you properly set up your website in Google Search Console

Google is considered the king of all search engines, surpassing other search engine giants like Bing, Baidu, AOL, and Yahoo! Search. Approximately 4 billion searches are made on Google alone. With so much volume of potential organic traffic happening in Google, you’ll be missing out on a whole lot of things if your website isn’t visible in Google’s SERPs.

Google Search Console, formerly Google Webmaster Tools, is a free service by Google that helps you optimize your website’s visibility for their search engine bots and spiders. It allows you as a webmaster to monitor key SEO metrics such as indexing status, keywords, links, and crawl errors. To maximize the Search Console, it’s important that you properly set up your website by adding all versions of your domain.

Websites or mobile apps that you register in Google Search Console are called properties. You can add up to 1,000 properties to your Google account. Here are the URL versions that you need to add to your Google Search Console, along with examples to help you get a better gist of things.

 

URL Versions to Add to Google Search Console

Google specifically recommends creating a separate Search Console property for each domain or folder that users wish to individually track. This also includes the lowest level domains that you own. By adding all possible URL versions of your website, Google Search Console can provide specific and detailed data for each domain, subdomain, and subdirectory that you’ve registered.

  • Add both non-www (example.com) and www versions (www.example.com)
    • Note that If no protocol is defined when adding a property, Google Search Console sets the protocol to its default: HTTP
    • You will then have the following properties in Google Search Console:
      http://example.com
      http://www.example.com
    • Add HTTPS versions
      • If your website is served from an HTTPS protocol, you must include “https://” when adding the properties to the Search Console.
      • In addition to the aforementioned URL versions, you will then have the following properties:
        https://example.com
        https://www.example.com
      • Add subdomains, such as blog
        • The same principle applies here: add both www and non-www versions, and HTTP and HTTPS versions of the subdomains.
          http://blog.example.com/
          http://www.blog.example.com
          https://blog.example.com/
          https://www.blog.example.com
        • Add language subdirectories, such as EN
          • This is especially helpful if you have a website in various languages
            The same principle applies here: add both www and non-www versions, and HTTP and HTTPS versions of the subdirectories.
            http://example.com/en
            http://www.example.com/en
            https://example.com/en
            https://www.example.com/en
          • Add-content specific subdirectories, such as AMP
            • The same principle applies here: add both www and non-www versions, and HTTP and HTTPS versions of the subdirectories.
              http://example.com/amp
              http://www.example.com/amp
              https://example.com/amp
              https://www.example.com/amp

           

          Managing Properties with Google Property Sets

          To help you manage your properties better, you have the option to group the different URL versions together in one property set. Google Property Sets combine the data gathered from two or more properties (that is, the different URL versions of your website) and present the data in a unified and aggregated view.

          From the example provided, it’s recommended that you add all 16 properties in one property set.

          http://example.com
          http://www.example.com
          https://example.com
          https://www.example.com
          http://blog.example.com/
          http://www.blog.example.com
          https://blog.example.com/
          https://www.blog.example.com
          http://example.com/en
          http://www.example.com/en
          https://example.com/en
          https://www.example.com/en
          http://example.com/amp
          http://www.example.com/amp
          https://example.com/amp
          https://www.example.com/amp


          Google Search Console is a valuable SEO tool that can help you monitor your website’s behavior in Google Search and analyze search results through one central hub. Maximizing its uses can help you leverage organic traffic to boost your SEO efforts.

          Tinny

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