To get a JSON key (also known as a service account key) for Google Search Console, you’ll need to create a service account in the Google Cloud Console and then grant it access to the Google Search Console API. Here are the steps to do this:
- Create a Google Cloud Project: If you don’t already have a Google Cloud Project, you’ll need to create one. Go to the Google Cloud Console, click on the project drop-down, and then click “New Project.” Follow the prompts to create the project.
- Enable the Google Search Console API: Once you have your project set up, you need to enable the Google Search Console API. To do this, navigate to the “APIs & Services” > “Library” in the Google Cloud Console, search for “Google Search Console API,” and enable it for your project.
- Create a Service Account: Now, you’ll need to create a service account. In the Google Cloud Console, go to “APIs & Services” > “Credentials.” Click on the “Create credentials” button and select “Service Account Key.”
- Set Up Service Account: Follow the prompts to set up the service account. You can assign it a name and a role, such as Project > Editor, which will grant it sufficient permissions.
- Create a JSON Key: During the service account creation process, you will be asked to create a key. Choose the JSON key format when prompted. This will download a JSON file containing the key credentials to your computer. Keep this file secure, as it provides access to your Google Search Console data.
- Grant Access to Google Search Console: Next, you need to grant your service account access to your Google Search Console property. In the Search Console, navigate to the property you want to access, click on “Settings” > “Users & permissions,” and then click on “Add user.” Enter the email address associated with your service account and grant it the appropriate permissions.
Now, you have the JSON key for your service account, and it should have access to the Google Search Console API. You can use this JSON key along with the Google API Client Library in your preferred programming language to interact with the Google Search Console API programmatically.
Remember to store the JSON key securely and never share it publicly, as it provides access to your Google Search Console data and can be used to make API requests on your behalf.