Google has launched Direct Domain Verification (Auto DNS Verification) in Google Search Console since last two years.
Google search console is the first step of any website's seo strategy, in today's tutorial we will see how to verify website on search console, know its benefits and also know what is Google search console in the end? Why you must link your website with google search console.
Google search console was earlier called google webmaster tool, this tool gives the website owner a means to direct the webmaster to contact with google. Direct contact does not mean that you can chat 1-1 with google employees but through search console,
1 : Prove Ownership ✔
You can proof in front of google that you are the owner of the website.
2 : Provide Sitemap ✔
You can give a sitemap of your website to google, and you can see which part of your website is crawling by google correctly and which is not crawling properly.
3 : Generate & Check Robots.txt ✔
You can generate robots.txt and see if you have blocked any part of your website.
4 : Get Traffic & Link Details ✔
You can see the issues related to the traffic of the website, like which website is linking your website, which website is not doing it.
5 : Schema & Rich Snippet Issues ✔
You can see the information related to the schema data and rich snippets of your website.
So these were the things that you get from the search console but at the same time google also has a lot of benefits from the search console.
1 : Notify About Hacked Website ✔
Google gets to know directly that certainly you are the owner of xyz website, and whenever they find any problem on any website like if your website is hacked or if there is any malicious code or virus on your website which allows visitors to pass-on. are happening. So google can send you notification.
2 : Notify About Penalties ✔
If any action has been taken on your website or if any penalties have been received, then google can contact you about that too.
3 : Send Monthly Newsletter ✔
This has also been started by google recently, you may get monthly emails from google related to the performance and traffic of your website.
So, now come how to add website in search console? So basically two types of web properties can be added in google search console. If you login to search console first time then you will get option to add property on first window itself. Otherwise you have to go to the top left corner and click on add property.
Now, a popup window will appear in front of you in which there are two options, domain and URL prefix. URL prefix is an old method and domain is a new method, let's try to understand the difference between Domain and URL prefix.
You can only add naked domain in domain method.
URL prefix ✔
In the URL prefix, you can add different types of properties in addition to the naked domain, Like
By choosing the URL prefix method, you get a lot of verification options like uploading html file through hosting account, putting HTML tag in the homepage of website, through google analytics and google tag manager, and for the smart people yes, below domain name There is also a provider method.
So all these URLs were prefix method, apart from the method by which only naked domains can be verified. The advantage of this is that you only have to verify the domain name, after that all the sub-domains inside it, whether it is with www without www, https or http, all versions can be covered, this method can be used. There is only one small disadvantage that you get only one way to verify and that is to add txt record in DNS configuration in domain name account.
Looks tough? won't it. It is not so tough, it is just listening, but still due to the different menus of different hosting services, this process becomes quite tough, so google has given a very easy way in which google itself can help you. You can verify your account and your domain name by logging into the hosting account once.
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So, today we will see verification by these three methods. ✔
Before we look at these three methods, I must say one thing. This is the first domain name method of verification, it can link your domain name, link to your website, URL with google search console without directly touching the hosting of your website. So all the services that give you self hosted websites, in which you do not go directly to hosting or edit files.
Whatever the platform, you can add the website built on it with google search console, this is very easy way and you have to follow only few steps, in hundred domain verification method you get only two methods for verification, Automatic and manually. And in the prefix method, you also get HTML tag along with these two.
METHOD 1 : AUTOMATIC DNS VERIFICATION ✔
So, let's add domain property,
in this box you have to enter your domain name. remember domain name is not to be added with https or www. only add domain name.
After clicking on continue, you will see a window like this,
for automatic verification, click on this any dns provider at the top of this window and then select the website from which you have purchased your domain name. And then click on start verification.
A new window will open,
In this you will have to login to your Godaddy account and google will automatically check your dns setting and complete the verification.
It is possible that you will see notification of verification failed in this way,
But if you check after 1-2 hours then you will see your website verified. Many times after changing the dns record, it takes some time to take effect, it takes 1-2 hours, so if you have logged into your hosting account correctly, then you see this kind of message, then it does not matter, you You can close the search console, after 1-2 hours if you check again, your website will be verified.
METHOD 2 : MANUAL DNS VERIFICATION ✔
Now, let's look at manual dns verification, technically this process is also the same as automatic dns verification. But in this you have to change the dns record yourself, basically only txt record has to be added to the dns record of this domain, change can also be done in your domain register account and can also be done in your hosting account.
So first we see how this change can be done in the domain register account, after that we will again see this method in our hosting account through c-panel.
Again we go to add property manu and type domain name in domain method, and click on countinue button, and now you will see your txt record value here,
copy this whole code as it as and In the new window open your domain register account.
I am using namecheap in this example but you will get similar option in your hosting account also.
Basically you have to go to the advanced setting of dns of your domain name. (Advanced DNS) After clicking on Advanced DNS setting, click on add new record button. Here you will get many options but you have to select txt record. In this again such a window will appear.
There will be a host section in it, which you can leave blank. Or you can just type the @ symbol and you have to paste CTRL+V by going to the value field, so that the txt record you got is pasted here from the search console window. You can leave the TTL field on the side as default and save it. After this, you will go to the search console window and press the verify button and your account will be verified by linking with the search console.
We can do the same process in c panel also, in c panel you have to type zone editor in top search bar, click on it.
Next to your domain name you will see the manage button, click on it,
if you do not see the manage button here, then you will have to email your hosting provider so that they can turn it on immediately, there is a very small option and they do it for free. I will turn it on.
After clicking on the Manage button, click on the small triangle on the right side of the add record. There select add TXT record,
Here in the host name, you can enter your domain name only, and let the TTL be set to the default value.
The type will remain TXT and after going to the record field, press CTRL+V again so that the TXT data you got from the search console is pasted here, press add record and now you go back to the search console and click on the verify button. If you do, then your domain name will be verified with the search console. So, these were the two ways to add domain property.
METHOD 3: HTML FILE UPLOAD ✔
Now the third method is HTML file upload, this method is available only in URL prefix property type, then click on add property button and enter your link in URL prefix section here. Here you have to paste exactly the same link that you are using, if you are using HTTP then enter HTTP, if using HTTPS then enter HTTPS, and if using with www then enter www and then click on countinue button.
After clicking on the countinue button, you will see a window like this in which the Html file option will be open, you have to download the .html file there.
Now you have to login to the C panel in the second tab and then click on File Manager.
You have to go to the main folder of your website, which is the public html folder, go to it and click on the upload button and then select the file you just downloaded and that's it. Going back to the search console window, you have to click on the verify button, it will be linked with your search console.
The specialty of this method is that there is no delay, it may take an hour to update the dns record, it may take two hours but your account is verified as soon as the file is uploaded, so this is a very quick method but still I Would suggest you to always add domain type property only unless you have to use prefix due to some technical reason, because if you add domain property then all your suffix prefix all get covered.
So, This was a very easy way. I seriously hope that you can verify your website in search console by any one of these steps and even verify blogger, wordpress, shopify, wix, or weebly or any type of website. Search console is the first step of your seo journey.
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