Up: DNS

Verifying a Domain with Google

Google requires verification that you own a domain before you can make use of their Search Console. Before starting, check the DNS settings for your domain. If you use our name servers, we can provide help verifying a domain. If you use other name servers, you should contact your web host and/or DNS provider to check what methods of verification they support.

These steps will work if you use our name servers:

  1. Go to https://google.com/webmasters/verification
  2. If your domain is already listed, you don’t need to verify it again.
    If your domain is not listed, click Add a Property
  3. Enter the URL. Be sure to include https:// or http:// at the beginning of the URL
  4. Click Alternate methods
  5. Select Domain name provider
  6. Select Other from the list of providers
  7. Google will display some text that starts with “google-site-verification=” and is followed by a string of characters. Copy that text.
  8. Log into our Domain Name Management System
  9. Click the domain to update
  10. Click Domain Address Settings
  11. If Custom DNS is already on for your domain, you can skip this step.
    If you are turning on Custom DNS, read the warning, read it, agree to the Terms of Service, and click Enable
  12. Select TXT from the Add New Record menu
  13. Enter @ as the host name, paste the text from Google into the text field, and click Add Record
  14. Go back to Google and click Verify