Time: 60 minutes.

Cost: None.

You can do some simple actions to get your website more visible to Google for Search.

1. Google Search Console

Go to: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/

You need a Gmail account to use, and we recommend you use the same Gmail account for all your website work, so it’s all in the same place.  Click the red Add A Property button and enter your website address.

In order to easily verify your ownership of this property, click on the Alternate Methods tab and then HTML tag.  Copy that text and then paste into WordPress Console > Divi > Divi Options > Integration > ‘head’ section.  Once saved in your Divi theme, click on the Red verify button.  Done!

2. Install the Yoast SEO plugin

In WordPress > Plugins, search for an install and activate the Yoast SEO plugin.  You will now have an SEO option on the left of the WordPress Dashboard.  Go there and then General tab and click Open the Configuration Wizard.  Follow the steps to configure.  This is a Production website.  Choose the type of website, for example Blog.  If it is a personal blog, on the next tab select person, otherwise pick Company and enter the name of the website and logo if you have one.  Link any social accounts you have for this website topic.  Select what should be shown (typically pages and posts are shown).  Multiple authors?

Click on Get Google Authorization Code, and login with the Gmail account you used in step 1.   Copy the code into the bottom field and then Authenticate.   Select the profile for this project and Next.  Enter the website name and pick the pipe ‘|’ symbol, then next.   Keep clicking next until you reach Close.

Now go to Yoast > Feature and enable Advance Settings Pages and Save Changes.

Go to WordPress > SEO > Titles and Meta.  Enter a short description which will show up under your URL when your site comes up in Google Search.  Disable Projects on the bottom if you don’t use these.  Save changes.

Go to WordPress > SEO > XML Sitemaps.  Under General, there is a link for XML sitemaps, click and you will see some more URLs.  Go back to Google Search Console for your property.  Under Crawl you find Sitemaps.  In there, click Add/Test Sitemap and copy the end portion of the sitemaps to include.  That is usually only ‘post-sitemap.xml’ and ‘page-sitemap.xml’.  This let’s Google search know what you want to be found.

If you have  a lot of extra pages on your site which you don’t want to be indexed, then you need to remove these.  For example, maybe a terms and conditions page.  You can do this by editing the Page or Post in WordPress, and in the URL of your browser there is a long sting like this: wp-admin/post.php?post=116&action=edit.    The 116 in that string is the number of that particular post.  To remove this post from the index, go to SEO > XML Sitemaps > Excluded Posts and put in that number in the field and save.

An extra check.  Go to WordPress > Tools > Reading and make sure the Search Engine Visibility box is UNCHECKED.

Read: https://yoast.com/wordpress-seo/

Read: http://www.wpbeginner.com/wordpress-seo/

Read: http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-add-keywords-and-meta-descriptions-in-wordpress/

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