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  1. Thanks so much for this! FYI, the Siteground fields for DNS Zone Editor have changed significantly (for example, selecting “1 hour” instead of 3600) and I believe Google Search Console now requires pasting the *whole* Sitemap file name (unless I did it wrong – ha!)…but I figured it out. I am a newbie and your instructions were so helpful! Thank you again!

    1. Yeah – they changed the dashboard and I am waiting to see that on my end so that I can update the instructions. (And, I am not so patiently waiting).

  2. This was a great walkthrough to confirm that I had, in fact, set up Search Console correctly a few months ago. Do you have any resources on how to navigate the data SC provides? Specifically, I’m curious about Coverage. I don’t have any data there. Thanks!

  3. Hi Tracie, I have copied and pasted the code into my Scripts in Header box and it shows the code on my site. I’m not sure how to make it hide or why it is showing in the first place. Anyone else have trouble with this?

    1. Make sure you put it in the righ place and did not forget any line of the code. Even a missing “<" can make it not work properly.

  4. Oh goodness. I’m so glad I got rid of Jetpack and followed your directions. I’ve been trying to figure out why my site was so slow for a week now. You are a goddess!

  5. Hi Tracie, Very nice and detailed guide. I have installed Insert Headers and Footers plugin. However, its last update was more than 2 months ago and it shows “untested with your version of WordPress.” I’m running the latest (5.4) WP version. Should I use this plugin or revert to Monster Insights? Monster Insights shows compatible with this version of WP.

    1. It should be OK as it is not anything but a placer. It puts the content where it needs to go on your site.

  6. Tracie, this was such a wonderful guide! Very thorough, detailed and easy to follow. I cannot thank you enough for making such a wonderful resource available!

  7. Hi Tracie, I have to admit I have NO IDEA what I’m doing, so I just blindly followed your steps as I read that it’s important (I’m a new blogger). Thank you for this article!

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