Thanks For The Help?

A few weeks ago, I published an article with instructions on how you can hide web pages from Google search results for up to 90 days using Google Search Console (GSC). Although it garnered a good bit of “kudos” notes from arts managers, one reply in particular stood out.

Hiding a page from Google search results is exactly what I need to do but I don’t even know what a Google Search Console account is or if I even have one, so how exactly is this supposed to help? #thanksfornothing

After resisting the temptation to reply with “Google it” and looking past the note’s passive aggressive approach, there is some warranted frustration here. Specifically, setting up a GSC account isn’t anywhere near as straightforward as creating a Google Analytics account.

As it so happens, I needed to set up a new GSC account for a Venture user so I decided to use the process to grab the screencaps and document everything into a step-by-step tutorial.

There’s enough involved in the process that it is better served as a series of articles, breaking each major part down into its own shorter, easier to follow, installment.

I published the first of those at ArtsHacker yesterday.

Master Your Domain With Google Search Console: Getting Started

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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