Verify Domain Ownership via DNS Record

Verify Domain Ownership via DNS Record in Google Search Console

Verify Domain Ownership via DNS Record in Google Search Console

If you own a domain name and want to use it as the name of your Cloud Endpoints service, you must prove that you are allowed to do so.

This article will walk you through the process of verifying your domain using DNS records, but first, what is a DNS Record?

A DNS record is a database record that is used to associate a URL with an IP address. DNS records are stored in DNS servers and help users connect their websites to the internet. 

When a URL is entered and searched in a browser, it is routed to DNS servers and then to the appropriate Web server. This Web server then serves the requested website or redirects the user to an email server that handles incoming mail.

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There are many different types of DNS records, but understanding the most common ones can help you detect threats and stay on top of what’s going on in your network.

The chart below contains the names and descriptions of the eight most common records.

Domain nameDescription
AMaps domain names to IPv4 addresses
AAAAMaps domain names to IPv6 addresses
CNAMERedirects a domain to a different domain
PTRResolves IPv4 or IPv6 addresses to domain names
NSProvides a list of the authoritative name servers responsible for the domain
MXProvides the domain names of mail servers that receive emails on behalf of a domain
SOAProvides important details about a DNS zone; required for every DNS zone
TXTProvides any type of descriptive information in text format
8 types of DNS record

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Verifying Domain Ownership Via DNS Record

To verify domain ownership in Google Search Console via DNS record, please follow the steps mentioned below.

Step 1: Click here to visit Google Search Console web portal (ensure your Google account is signed into the device you are using).

Step 2: Locate the 3 horizontal lines positioned beside Google Search Console logo as seen in the image below and click on it.

Step 3: Click “Add property”.

Step 4: You will be presented with two options, Domain and URL Prefix, choose Domain and enter your domain name.

Step 5: Click “Continue”

Step 6: Click the “Copy” button to copy the TXT record provided to you.

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Step 7: Open your domain registrar’s site in a new tab and log into your account. 

Step 8: Find the option to manage your DNS records. Depending on your provider’s site, this will be located in different places. Look for any mention of “DNS” and click it. For example, on Bluehost, you would go to “My Account” > “Domain” and select “Manage” then “DNS”.

Step 9: You will then be brought to a Domain Management screen where you’ll find a list of your DNS Records. Select “Add” to create a new one.

Step 10: Select “Type” and choose TXT. Under “Host” type in the @ symbol. Leave “TTL” at 1 hour. And, most importantly, paste the TXT record you got from Google into the field for “TXT Value.” Then hit “Save.”

Step 11: With your TXT record added, return to the Google Search Console set up and click the “Verify” button.

If you followed the right process, you should see a message that says Ownership verified”.

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Originally posted on June 30, 2022 @ 2:05 pm

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