You want to be able to use Google Search Console API but know nothing about Google APIs?
This beginner guide will show you how to get your Google Search Console API keys to help you use the API from R, Python or any other programming languages.
If you already know how to get your API keys, but would like to use the API. Read those two guides:
How to connect to the Google Search Console API
If this is your first time using an API, don’t worry, I will try to show you how to use the API and make it as easy as possible.
What is an API?
Simply put, an API, or Application Programming Interface, is a set of defined methods of communication between various software components. Basically, someone creates a bit of code, or software, and give you access to parts of it via an API. In this case, Google gives you access to advanced functionalities of the Search Console via their API.
Step 1: Create a Project in Google API
Here, I will call my project google-search-console.
2. Go to the Dashboard and click “Enable APIs and Services”
3. Search and click on the “Google Search Console API”
4. Click on “Enable”
Step 2: Create your credentials
Now, the reporting API being activated, Google tells you that you need credentials.
To use this API, you may need credentials. Click ‘Create credentials’ to get started.
you now need to generate your client.id and your client.secret.
1. To do this, go in the “credential” tab on the left, click on “create credential” and select OAuth Client ID.
2. You will need to configure the consent screen. So click on the blue button.
3. You will now have to set your product name and add your Support email which is associated with your Google Search Console Account. Save your product.
4. Once saved a new screen will appear and you will choose the application type. Select Desktop app.
Name it whatever you want. Hit “Create”.
You now need to save your client.id and client.secret somewhere safe. We will use it later.
Step 3: Get Your API Keys
Great! You have enabled your Google Search Console API. Let’s see how to download the API key in case you haven’t saved it in previous step.
Remember, this is your “password”. you will need it to connect to the API will ask you for your client.id and client.secret.
Get your API Keys (via client ID and client secret)
Now that we have enabled the Google Search Console API, you will create your credentials. Basically, you want to get your client.id and your client
To find you go to “Credentials” and click on the pen.
If you don’t have any client IDs here, you should go back to step two to review what you missed.
Here, you can download your client ID and client secrets.
Get your API Keys (via JSON)
If you want to download your credentials via a JSON file (for automation), just click on “Download JSON”.
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