Google Search Console or previously called Google Webmaster Tools is a tool provided by Google, which allows you to understand your website through data.
It is free and you can sign in here. Once you create your account, you will need to add your site and verify by any of these methods:
– HTML tag
– Domain name provider
– Google Analytics
– Google Tag Manager
After a few hours, you will start seeing data in the dashboard, which will help you to make changes based on the results that you get.
Google understands that ‘http://www.yoursite.com’ and ‘http://yoursite.com’ are different. Therefore, I would recommend you to add both versions of your domain so Google gives you as much information as possible. If your domain has an SSL certificate (HTTPS), I would recommend you to add it to Webmaster Tools too, otherwise, you could be losing information. i.e. ‘https://www.yoursite.com’ and ‘https://yoursite.com’
Google will use the ‘message’ tab to communicate with you. You may receive notifications to help you improve your site as well as if your site has been attacked by any viruses.
Submitting your sitemap will help Google to understand your website’s structure, which needs to be added in an XML format. Once it has been uploaded, Google will tell you how many URLs are being indexed – Please, note that there is no need to have all the pages indexed. However, it is beneficial to have indexed as many pages as possible.
Google Search Console can bring many benefits to your site and it’s a useful tool to improve different areas of it such as the SEO work as it can give you tips to improve your tags.
Here’s brief information about Google Search Console/Webmaster Tool. Visit Google Webmaster Central Blog to keep you up to date.