How To Verify Your Site With Google || Shopify Help Center 2019
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How To Verify Your Site With Google || Shopify Help Center 2019

If you’re looking to expand the reach of
your online store consider submitting a sitemap. Submitting your store’s sitemap to Google
Search Console helps Google find and index valuable pages on your site.This means your
store populates in Google search results, potentially bringing in more customers. Before you submit your sitemap, you must first
verify your site. This makes sure that you are the correct owner
of your Shopify store before Google provides their services to you. To begin, you must disable the password on
your online store. Having a password enabled, means that the
online store is not available to the public and a password is needed to enter the site. By disabling password protection, the online
store is visible to the public. If you’re not ready for your site to be
live, be sure to turn the password back on after your site is verified. From the Shopify admin, click Online Store. Click Disable password on the banner, or click
Preferences. In the Password Protection section, uncheck
the box titled Enable Password. Click Save to finish. Next, using the link in the description, open
Google Webmasters, and click Search Console. Here you choose between two property types. Use the Domain option if you are verifying
with DNS records. This option may be used if you have a third
party domain that has not been transferred to Shopify. This video demonstrates the URL prefix option. You can use a custom domain you purchased,
or your domain with this option. If you use your domain to verify,
and replace it with a custom domain in the future, you will need to re-verify your site
again using the steps in this video. When you enter the web address for your domain,
enter the full URL including the SSL certificate, which is https. This example shows the custom domain Click Continue. After checking verification, you see several
methods for verifying your site. While Google Search Console recommends the
HTML file, this video demonstrates the HTML tag method instead. Click the arrow to open the HTML tag method. Here you see a line of code that shows the
“meta tag”. Highlight and copy that entire code. Back on your Shopify admin, you need to paste
the meta tag into the theme’s code. Start by clicking Online store. Find the theme you want to edit, and click
Actions. There are two things to remember when pasting
your meta tag. 1 – Google only indexes the current theme. This means you need to paste the meta tag
in a theme you plan on publishing in the near future, or on your current theme. 2 – Google only indexes a live theme. This means indexing only starts once you have
pasted the meta tag in the current theme’s code, and the password protection is removed
from your site. When you’re ready, click Edit Code. In the Layout section, click theme.liquid
to open the file in the online code editor. Find the tag, head, near the top of the page. Click return on your keyboard to create a
new line, and paste the meta tag you copied directly beneath the head tag. Click Save to finish. Back on Google Search Console, click Verify
underneath the HTML tag method. If successful, you see a pop-up stating the
ownership has been verified. Click Go to property to see an overview of
your Google Search Console dashboard. With your site verified, it’s important
to remember not to remove the meta tag or delete the theme you pasted it in. If you ever lose site verification, repeat
the steps outlined in this video. You can also add additional verification methods
to ensure you never lose site verification. From the Google Search Console, click the
domain name in the top-left hand corner. Click Add property and follow the steps to
verify your domain using another method. When site verification is complete, you can
either enable password protection on your site again, or you can submit your sitemap
now. The password must be disabled to submit your
sitemap. Subscribe now for upcoming videos on how to
submit your sitemap. If you still have questions, comment below
or contact the Shopify support team directly.


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