How to Verify Site Ownership Using CNAME Record

Posted by Lasantha Bandara on October 24th, 2014 File Under : google, webmaster tools1 Comment

When you are going to add your site into Google Webmaster Tools or to other webmaster tool service, you are asked to verify your site ownership first to continue. Google Webmaster Tools gives different verification methods. These site verification methods are:

  • Using your Google Analytics account.
  • Uploading an HTML file to your site.
  • Using your Google Tag Manager account.
  • Using your domain name provider.
  • Using HTML meta tag.

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to do your site verification using your domain name provider. We can do it in 2 different way: using "TXT record" or using "CNAME record". Here I am going to do it using a CNAME record.

First go to your Google Webmaster Tools account.

Google Webmaster Tools

Click on your site name. You can see "Site Dashboard" of your site.

Site Dashboard - Google Webmaster Tools

In top right corner of the page, there is a little gear icon. Click on it and select "Verification Details".

Verification Details - Google Webmaster Tools

I have already verified my site using a HTML meta tag. So here I select "Verify using a different method.".

Site Verification Page - Google Webmaster Tools

Now you can see all "Verification methods" available. Select "Domain name provider".

Verification Methods - Google Webmaster Tools

Select "Other" from drop down menu.

Select Other from Domain Name Provider

Now click on "Add a CNAME record."

Add a CNAME record

You can see CNAME record details related to your site.

CNAME record details

Copy "CNAME Label / Host" and "CNAME Destination / Target" values for later use.

Now go to your domain name provider. Go to edit your DNS zone settings. Location of DNS settings is different according to your domain name provider. But it is easy to find.

DNS Zone Editor

Create a new CNAME record to our domain using your copied CNAME records details from webmaster tools.

Add a CNAME Record to Your Domain


Now wait few minutes. Finally click "Verify" button in webmaster tool.

Verify Button - Webmaster Tools

You will see a verification successful message.

Verification Successful - Webmaster Tools

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One Response to “How to Verify Site Ownership Using CNAME Record”

  1. Amir Ali says:

    thank you so much for this complete tutorial.

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