Lesson #1.2: Checking the WP Search Console Plugin’s Proper Configuration

Access to APIs is not always easy… when you start with the plugin. Various messages can be displayed which are not always easily understandable.

Often when you don’t receive any more updated information, one of the main reasons will be to suspend a connection to one of the APIs integrated in the plugin

In the video below, I show you how you can verify that the settings are validated.

Connecting to external services via APIs is not always transparent. Each service uses different rules.

Authentication at Google Search Console

For security reasons, Google authentication does not remain active for very long. Sometimes you have to ask for permission again. At first it is sometimes boring but it is the security procedure chosen by Google.

When you activate the plug-in, here are a few quick exercises to do to validate that the connection is well established.

This is a track to think about later, when you won’t get a Google Search Console report on any of your pages.

You will have to come and check that the connections are well established (and sometimes reconfigure them)

You have successfully configured your plug-in with Mitambo and Google Search Console.

Quickly check connections

The first thing we’re going to do is make sure that both services are sending back information.

For Google Search Console

For Google Search Console, you have obtained authentication, it is possible that the call does not work right away or sometimes, that the call works and doesn’t work in two days. It’s quite random and it doesn’t depend on us.

If there is a problem, the first thing to do is to re-authenticate the connexion. You click on the button and repeat the procedure to confirm the access request.

To check the data sent by Google, you will come in the plug-in menu:

You have two interesting menus, you have: Analysis Search and you will come across this page.

You will choose either queries or pages, but to do a test, click on “queries” and then click on “Refresh data”.

This is a mechanism that you will find throughout the plug-in; you must always click on the buttons to get the information. You see at the bottom left of your browser, we are waiting for an answer, so there is a call that has left.

In my example here I see that I have 434 searches. What I’m going to do is that I’ll click here and I’ll increase the number of lines displayed by default, you can be at 20 or 10. You can increase up to 490 lines to display all the lines on one page. This will allow you to sort the columns to classify the queries and understand your potential.

The interest is that you can start clicking to classify search words on base, impressions, the number of CTR, positions for example. You are in position 1: SEO plan. So you have the different information, so it can help you to better understand how your keywords work.

The second thing you can do is a test on the pages.

And there you have the list of pages, again the same thing, they can be sorted by the number of pages that were most displayed. So here you have 126 pages that are proposed. Here are the numbers on a PDF download link, this is the most visited or clicked page.

After what you can do is that you can combine a search here, you see, it’s highlighted in red with green with by “country” or “devices”, I would like to have in mobile level, which are the most requested pages. And you have numbers that adapt. You can do the same thing for “requests” by “mobile devices” for example. In this case, if you see that the system is working.

For Mitambo Search Console

Create your account

So, for the second setup with Mitambo service, what you need to know when you make the first request, you create your account.

Important note: Obviously we do not yet know all the information about your site. When you log in to the Google Search Console, Google already knows your site. Mitambo not yet.

You’re gonna have to give our crawler some time. For 200 to 300 pages, you can wait between 5 and 7 minutes to crawl your pages. So be patient… don’t click right now to get your reports.

So one thing that is very important to know is that if you use a tool like WordFence or a protection firewall, you must allow access to our Mitambo crawler.

You go to the options and you will copy the IP address of our crawler. (Contact us on Messenger to get the lastet version of the list)

So make sure that WordFence is configured, with options, under the section “other options”, you come up with “whitelisted IP addresses”. So here you put the address of our crawler which is… (please see in the documentation because the addresses change regularly).

With this, you’re safe for a few minutes. You give our crawler time to adjust your page.

How do I check if Mitambo is sending me back data?

There you go to a part called’ list of data’ or’ list of data’ and there you click on’ Reload Data’.

The list of data is the main information lists that our crawler produces. For example, you have for keywords, lists of pages that are optimized for 1 keyword.

The list of optimized keywords is the column “perception“. And you have the pages that are classified by the “PageRank” with in detail the number of incoming and outgoing links on the page. I have the words classified for 2 keywords, 3 keywords, etc.

This gives you an overview of the pages that have the most power, the number of pages for which they are optimized. So you can already do a test here, take this kind of element and do a search.

Then look at where your page could be filed if it is filed. The page here is 28th. We can then draw a whole series of lessons on the number of authority of the page, on the reason why… this page could be better classified, but that is another part of the work.

You know at least that both APIs work.

The data presented here will be discussed later.

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