When you create a website, it is important to inform the Google search engine about your website. Google needs to know everything about your services and products. That’s why Google advises webmasters to verify their sites to its popular “Google Search Console“. Verify Domain with Google Search Console
Google offers a service called Google Search Console (previously known as Google Webmaster Tools) to monitor the indexing status and visibility checkups of your websites. It also points out the errors of your website and suggests alternative solutions to these errors.
Well, this is a long comprehensive discussion about Google Search Console I skip for a while and now I am going to describe some quick and easy ways to verify your domain with Google Search Console.
How do I verify a domain with Google console? 4 Quick and Easy Ways:
1. Verify domain ownership in Google Search Console via DNS record through cPanel
This method is a very much easier way to verify domain ownership via DNS record Cpanel. Just follow the steps below:
- Create a Gmail account for your website and log in to Google Search Console.
- Click the down arrow in the top-left corner and click “Add Property”
- Now, enter the name of the property in the field (just enter the main domain) and press “Continue”
- Copy this code and open your Cpanel and find the ‘Zone Editor‘ and press the ‘Manage‘ tab to insert code into the DNS record
- Press the drop-down arrow and click ‘Add TXT Record‘, enter your property name, paste the code and click ‘Save Record‘
- It takes a few seconds and a ”Success‘ message will appear
- Now go back to the Search Console and press ‘Verify’, your ownership will be verified
The thing to remind is, do not write ‘HTTPS://, www’ before the domain while verifying your property to Google Search Console. If you want to delete that record from DNS, then simply go to your Cpanel and delete that TXT record from DNS.
2. Verify domain ownership in Google Search Console via HTML file
If you feel that the first method is difficult to verify then don’t worry you can verify your property by uploading an HTML file to the File Manager of your property.
- Now, enter your property URL (including HTTP:// or HTTPS://) and press ‘Continue’.
You will see a lot of options just select the first one and download the HTML file
- Open your Cpanel and click ‘File manager’, upload the downloaded HTML file but keep in mind to upload this file in ‘public_html’ folder
- Go back to the Google Search Console and press ‘Verify’. Your property will be verified.
3. Verify domain ownership in Google Search Console via Meta Tag
I hope the first two methods are easier for you. But if you still need a quick way to verify a property in Google Search Console, enter ‘meta tag’ in your <head> section.
- Copy the meta tag code, go to your WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Theme Editor and find the ‘header.php’ file
- Open the ‘header.php’ file and paste the code just beneath the ‘<head>’ and update the file
- Go back to the Search Console and press ‘Done’, your domain property will be verified
4. Verify domain ownership in Google Search Console via Google Analytics account
It is necessary to have a Google Search Console account and Google Analytics account on the same Gmail. Then you can easily verify your domain ownership with your Google Analytics account.
You have to assure these things:
- Your homepage must contain either your analytics.js or gtag.js snippet.
- The tracking code of Google Analytics should be in the <head> section of your page.
- ‘edit ’permission for the Google Analytics property.
Just open Google Search Console using the same account then settings > verify ownership > Google Analytics and press ‘Verify’.
Things to consider before verifying your domain property in Google Search Console
- You can add the same domain separately, even to the same GSC, this will not affect performance.
- If you have more than one domain and you want to add them to one account, you must verify each domain property separately.
- Make sure you have the skills to add DNS records of your domain property in Zone Editor so you need to back up your site.
- You can add users to Google Search Console by assigning roles to user management. They do not need to verify domains.
- After verifying the domain property, it will take some time for your site’s data to show up. Be sure to include a sitemap for your website. If you do not know how to do this, then just click on how to add sitemap in the google search console.