Verify your page with Google Search Console

Last updated: August 11, 2021 Written by: Avatar Magdalena Wiśniowska
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With Google Search Console’s meta tags, you can verify domain ownership for your landing pages. It is necessary to ensure Google you are the web page owner and you are allowed to see the landing page's private data.

You can add meta tags to your landing page in a couple of ways. This instruction shows how to do so with HTML tags and DNS records.

Add Google HTML tag

1. Go to Google Search Console.

2. In the URL prefix field, enter your landing page URL address (with https:// prefix). Click Continue.

search console url prefix

3. In a pop-up window, find Other verification methods and click the arrow next to the HTML tag.

google html tag

4. Copy the meta tag.

copy google meta tag

5. In a new browser tab, open the editor of your landing page (do not close the Google Search Console page). Navigate to Page settings and click Additional options.

landingi page settings

To return to Page Settings when editing, click on the arrow:

landingi editor settings

6. In the SEO tab, paste the meta tag in the Extra meta tags field and click + (1). The tag will appear underneath (2). Save and close.

google meta tags landingi

7. Publish your landing page and go back to Google Search Console.

8. Click Verify.

domain ownership verification

Verification confirmation will show.

Verify your domain with DNS

1. Go to Google Search Console.

2. In the Domain field, enter your landing page domain. Click Continue.

search console domain verification

3. In a pop-up window, choose instructions (1) depending on your domain provider and follow the directions, or choose Any DNS provider and Copy (2) the TXT record. 

Verification with a TXT record always means that you verify ownership of the root domain. You can enter your subdomain in Google Search Console, but add a TXT record for the root domain. 

DNS record search console

4. In a new browser tab, log in to your domain provider panel. Go to the edition of DNS records. Add a new TXT record to the root domain and paste the record copied from Google Search Console. Save the changes.

5. Go back to Google Search Console and click Verify.

google verify domain ownership

Verification may not happen immediately. In case of delays, try to finish the verification the next day.

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