You've put time into creating your Stanford Sites website, so you'll probably want Google (and other search engines) to know about it. One of the ways to get this done is by submitting your website sitemap. This blog post will walk you through how to claim ownership of your Stanford Sites website, then submit the website to Google for indexing.
Part 1: Get your verification code from Google
Step 1: Go to Google Webmasters tools and click Search Console
Step 2: Click Add A Property
Step 3: Enter your URL
Step 4: Select the Alternate Methods tab (see below image)
Step 5: Click HTML tag
Step 6: Highlight and copy the ID inside content=" " (see below). In this example it's I0sOm_SqSBOzB_xEisS2NDkn7hCI0gSLERTRfTiK7LI.
Part 2: Apply your verification code to your Stanford Sites website
Step 1: Log into your Stanford Sites website
Step 2: Enable the Site Verification module (more info on this Module)
Step 3: Go to Configuration > Search > Verifications (or: admin/config/search/verifications in your URL)
Step 4: Click Add Verification
Step 5: Select Google from the dropdown menu, then Next
Step 6: Paste the verification code from Part 1 into the Verification META tag field
Part 3: Verify your site
Step 1: Return to Google Webmaster tools where you first copied the verification code
Step 2: Click Verify
Part 4: Submit your sitemap
The Search Console allows you to see which pages of your site have been indexed. You can also request that your site be indexed. Check out the Sitemaps report to learn more.
Did it work?
Good question! Hopefully? Check out the Index Status report to find out.
How many people are visiting your website? Which pages are the most popular?
Check out our blog posts on Google Analytics to find these answers: