How to verify your site in Google Search Console

From Spiffy Stores Knowledge Base

For your site to show up in Google, you will often have to submit it to Google. This process will take you only a few minutes, but can often speed up the process of showing up in Google. It can take anything from 1 to 30 days before you start showing in search results, so you should sslo ensure you get the word out by posting links to your site on social media.

To verify your site with Google Search Console, you will need to use the "URL Prefix" option.

  1. Go to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/
  2. Depending on where you end up, you may need to log in to Google. Once logged in, click "Add Property".
  3. Choose "URL Prefix" for the property type.
  4. Enter your full domain including the
    https://www.
    part, so it will look like this
    https://www.yourdomain.com.au
    .
  5. Click continue.
  6. Choose the "HTML TAG" verification method, and copy the tag.
  7. Log into your store's admin area, and go to the Preferences -> General Settings section.
  8. Scroll down to the "Site Verification" section, and paste your tag in the "Google Site Verification (HTML Tag)" box.
  9. Click "Save Settings".
  10. Back in Google's Search Console, click the "Verify" button, and your site should verify properly.

Once you have done this, you should add your sitemap to Search Console. You will find the address of your store's sitemap in the Marketing -> Promote Your Store section of your store's admin.


Please note that your store needs to be unlocked to be able to verify, as the "coming soon" page does not include your meta tag. You can unlock your store in the Preferences -> General Settings -> Password protect access to your store section of your store's Toolbox.



Verifying your site in Bing

The process for verifying your site in Bing is almost identical to Google.

  1. Enter your full domain including the
    https://www.
    part, so it will look like this
    https://www.yourdomain.com.au
    .
  2. Click continue
  3. Choose the "HTML Meta Tag" verification method, and copy the tag
  4. Log into your store's admin area, and go to the Preferences _> General Settings section
  5. Scroll down to the "Site Verification" section, and paste your tag in the "Bing Site Verification (HTML Tag)" box.
  6. Click "Save Settings"
  7. Back in Bing's Webmaster Tools, click the "Verify" button. Your site should verify properly.


Please note that your store needs to be unlocked to be able to verify, as the "coming soon" page does not include your meta tag. You can unlock your store in the Preferences -> General Settings -> Password protect access to your store section of your store's Toolbox.

If you also want to add the Bing UET code to your site, you copy their code, and paste it in to your Theme.liquid file immediately after the <body> tag.


Verifying your site in Pinterest

The process for verifying your site in Pinterest is a bit different than with Google and Bing. Pinterest also has an option to add a meta tag to your site's home page, and you copy the meta tag and paste it right after the meta tag for Google or Bing in your Theme.liquid file.

Step 1. Get the meta tag from Pinterest

  1. Click your name at the top of Pinterest and click Your Profile and Pins
  2. Click the pencil icon
  3. Add your website and click Verify Website
  4. Click Verify with a meta tag

Step 2. Add the meta tag to your store

  1. Copy the meta tag from the verification box in Pinterest
  2. In your theme editor, click on the "Theme.liquid" file to edit it.
  3. Paste the meta tag immediately after the <head> tag, and then click the save button.

Step 3. Finish verifying

  1. Go back to Pinterest
  2. Click Complete Verification. Pinterest will then automatically check the meta tag and verify your site.

Please note that your store needs to be unlocked to be able to verify, as the "coming soon" page does not include your meta tag. You can unlock your store in the Preferences -> General Settings -> Password protect access to your store section of your store's Toolbox.



Verifying your domain with Facebook

The process for verifying your domain with Facebook is the same as it is with other social media. Facebook also has an option to add a meta tag to your site's home page, and you copy the meta tag and paste it right before the </head> tag in your Theme.liquid file.

  1. Copy the meta tag code from Facebook
  2. In your theme editor, click on the "Theme.liquid" file to edit it.
  3. Paste the code immediately before the </head> tag, and then click the save button.




Adding the Facebook Pixel

The process for adding the Facebook pixel is the same as it is with other social media. Facebook also has an option to add a meta tag to your site's home page, and you copy the meta tag and paste it right before the </head> tag in your Theme.liquid file.

Step 1. Get the code from Facebook

  1. Go to your Pixels tab in Events Manager.
  2. Click Create a Pixel.
  3. Click Create in the box that appears to finish creating your pixel.

Step 2. Add the code to your store

  1. Copy the pixel code from Facebook
  2. In your theme editor, click on the "Theme.liquid" file to edit it.
  3. Paste the code immediately before the </head> tag, and then click the save button.

Step 3. Check that your code's working correctly

  1. Go back to Facebook
  2. Click Send Test Traffic after placing the code on your website to make sure your pixel's working properly. If your status says "Active", your base code has been installed correctly. This can take several minutes to update.


You can also track conversion events using the facebook Pixel. More information at Conversion Tracking.

Please note that your store needs to be unlocked to be able to verify, as the "coming soon" page does not include your meta tag. You can unlock your store in the Preferences -> General Settings -> Password protect access to your store section of your store's Toolbox.