Thursday, August 02, 2012
In order to use Google services like
and Google Apps
you must verify that you own the site or domain. One way you can do this is by creating a
to prove your ownership of the domain. Now you can also use
records to verify ownership of your domains. This is a new domain verification option for
users that are not able to create DNS
TXT records for their domains.
For example, if you own the domain example.com, you can verify your ownership of the domain
by creating a DNS
CNAME record as follows.
- Add the domain example.com to your account either in Webmaster Tools or directly on the Verification Home page.
- Select the Domain Name Provider method of verification, then select your domain name provider that manages your DNS records or "Other" if your provider is not on this list.
Based on your selection you may either see the instructions to set a
CNAMErecord or see a link to the option Add a
CNAMErecord. Follow the instructions to add the specified
CNAMErecord to your domain's DNS configuration.
- Click the Verify button.
When you click Verify, Google will check for the
CNAME record and if
everything works you will be added as a verified owner of the domain. Using this method
automatically verifies you as the owner of all websites on this domain. For example, when you
verify your ownership of example.com, you are automatically verified as an owner of
www.example.com as well as subdomains such as blog.example.com.
Sometimes DNS records take a while to make their way across the Internet. If we don't find the record immediately, we'll check for it periodically and when we find the record we'll make you a verified owner. To maintain your verification status don't remove the record, even after verification succeeds.
If you don't have access to your DNS configuration at your domain name provider you can continue
to use any of the other verification methods, such as the
HTML file, the
meta tag or
Google Analytics tag
in order to verify that you own a site.
If you have any questions please let us know via our Webmaster Help forum.