Google Now Allow Domain Verification Using CNAME Records Alongwith 'HTML File, Meta Tag, Google Analytics Tag'

Google services like Webmaster Tools and Google Apps requires you to verify your domain. Until now, the only option was to create a DNS TXT record to prove your ownership of the domain. Google today added a new domain verification option for users that are not able to create DNS TXT records for their domains […]

Google services like Webmaster Tools and Google Apps requires you to verify your domain. Until now, the only option was to create a DNS TXT record to prove your ownership of the domain.

Google today added a new domain verification option for users that are not able to create DNS TXT records for their domains -- by allowing you to use "DNS CNAME" records to verify ownership of your domains.

Note, if you don't have access to 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," Google said.

To verify your domain ownership using DNS CNAME record method, just follow the step give under:

  1. "Add the domain example.com to your account either in Webmaster Tools or directly on the Verification Home page.
  2. 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.
  3. Based on your selection you may either see the instructions to set a CNAME record or see a link to the option Add a CNAME record. Follow the instructions to add the specified CNAME record to your domain's DNS configuration.
  4. Click the Verify button," explains Google.

When you click Verify, Google will check for the CNAME record and if everything works you'll be added as a verified owner of the domain.

"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," Google explained.

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