While we wish we could setup Google Search Console for you, we can’t. We never will login “as you” and if we used our own credentials it would change your rights within Search Console, and you don’t want that!
Step 1) Creating Search Console Account
If you have not set-up Google Search Console at all, we suggest that you go ahead and follow the instructions by Google, while logged into your account. We suggest you use the HTML tag verification method. For more information here is a great recent guide: https://kinsta.com/
This will assure it will not mess up with template upgrades or theme changes. (Since Google Analytics code is “technically” no longer on your site and the GTM verification is error prone). This can be done be inserting the script provided by Google in your header using Simple Hooks or another Header and Footer Plugin.
Step 2) Connecting Search Console Profile with Google Analytics Data
These directions should help connect Search Console with Google Analytics:
In Google Analytics, go to the Admin AreaSelect the target analytics account and property
Click Property Settings
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Adjust Search Console
If you already have an association set up, you will see it listed here. To add or change the association, click the Edit link.
You will be taken to a page within Search Console that gives you a list of your properties. Check the radio button next to the property you want to link to Google Analytics. Remember you may have multiple versions of your site (www and non-www for instance), but you will want to select the primary version of the site.
If you’re unsure, go to Search Console and check the Search Analytics report for each property. Select the property with more data (queries, impressions, clicks, etc) in this report.
Click Save. A confirmation dialog will appear asking whether you want to Add association. Click OK.
Now head back to Google Analytics and you can access the Search Console reports under the Acquisition Tab.
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