How to add a new user to Google Search Console

By Graham Hansell | SEM

Jul 10
Adding a user to search console
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Google Search Console is one of those powerful integrations for Google Analytics as well as a standalone tool. But as with many of the Google Products, you need a Google Account to access it.

But as I always say to my clients and trainees…

Stop! Don’t Share Your Account Details”

So, here's my quick guide to how to add a new user to Google Search Console.

Step 1 – Remember there are 2 search consoles!

Currently, there are two versions of Google Search Console, the “Classic” with all the tools and then the “New” version with the more analytics data (16 months BOOM!) and better reporting.

Step 1.5 – Go to the classic version

You can currently (Summer 2018) only add a new user to the Classic version and not the New version. For this, you need to login to your Search Console account with an Admin account.

Step 2 – Select “Users and Property Owners

Uses and Property Owners

Step 3 – Add a user

Click the Red “Add A New User” 

Add User to Search Console

Step 4 – Email and permissions

Add in the Google Account email address and then select the permissions.

My advice is ALWAYS set the permissions to the lowest to get the job done.  

Meaning you should give the majority of users only “Restricted” access.

Add User email & Permissions to Search Console

How to add a Google User to your Google Analytics Account
Note unlike adding a user account in Google Analytics, Search Console doesn't check is there is a Google Account associated with the email address entered. So you must double check the email yourself.

Search console users permissions and what they do

  • Owners: have full control over properties in Search Console.
    • They can add and remove other users, configure settings, view all data, and use all the tools.
    • There are actually two types of owners, verified owners and delegated owners, although the distinction is not visible in the Search Console website. A property must have at least one verified owner, or no users will have access to the property.
  • Verified owner: Performed some action to verify ownership of the property, or Google could deduce ownership; for example, the Blogger account and Search Console account are the same Google account.
    • All owners added by a verified owner using Search Console will be delegated owners.
  • Delegated owner: Has never verified ownership of a property.
    • Can add other delegated owners.
  • User: can view all data and take some actions, but cannot add other users.
    • A user must be added by an owner.
  • Yep, you guessed it there is more than one type of user as well:
  • Full: Has view rights to most data, and can take some actions.
  • Restricted: Has simple view rights on most data.
  • Associate: A Google property (such as a Google+ or AdWords account) or a mobile app can be associated with a website through Search Console.
    • If someone requests association with your website through Search Console, it will grant them capabilities that are specific to the type of thing that they are associating with you.
    • For example, associating a mobile app with a website tells Google Search to show search result links that point to the app rather than the website when appropriate.

Checklist

  1. Go to the Classic Search Console
  2. Login with Verified or Delegated Owner Google Account
  3. Go to the “User and Property Owners” Menu
  4. Click “Add User”
  5. Type in email and select User permissions
  6. Done!

Summary

It's quick easy and free to add any number of users to a Google Search Console Account (using the Classic interface). So please don't share your Google Account details, always add new users with the right permissions.

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Founder of both SiteLynx and SLX marketing. Leading web marketing planner and trainer.

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