Verifying ownership of your site in Google Search Console

Verifying ownership of your site in Google Search Console

Hi, I’m [? Miley Oye. ?] I’m a member of Google’s
Webmaster support team, here to help you choose the
verification method in Webmaster Tools that’s
easiest for you. All methods discussed in this
video can lead to the same successful verification. Once you’ve selected your method
of choice, please then navigate to the resources
available to guide you through the specific verification
process. Verifying ownership of your
site in Webmaster Tools provides you and Google a secure
channel for giving and receiving information. For example, Google can show
you more confidential information, such as the search
queries that bring visitors to your site. And by verifying ownership,
you’ll have privileges to do things like adjust geotargeting
settings to associate your site with
the audience of a particular country. Verification doesn’t affect
your site’s performance in Google Search results. By now, you’ve likely added your
site in Webmaster Tools. Your site is where you tell your
friends or customers to go to see your content, and
should match what is seen in the browser. All types of sites are eligible
for verifying ownership with Google
Webmaster Tools. A site can include a subdomain
or host name, like or it can be
the domain without a www, like Or, the domain without the
www, like Or a subdirectory, like Or
subdirectory/mysite, or some combination. There are some cases, such as
if you’re using Blogger, Google Sites, or a hoster or
provider who integrated with Webmaster Tools, when your
site may be automatically verified on your behalf. You’re all set and can start
exploring Webmaster Tools. If not, let’s figure out
the right method for you to verify ownership. Verifying ownership means
proving to Google that you, in fact, own the site, and aren’t,
say, a competitor, trying to gain access to
valuable statistics and information. For more beginner-level site
owners, especially if you haven’t had a chance to try it
out before, verification can be a little tricky. The good news is that once
you’re a verified owner, you can easily delegate other owners
or managers of your site without their having to go
through the same process. There are several methods
to verify ownership. There’s a recommended method. That may be the easiest. And then, there are also
more alternate methods. For those who have several sites
to verify, such as a multinational site that
has,, and, say,, you can select the option Domain
Name Provider. If you don’t see your provider
listed, select Other. For all other site owners, let’s
look at this drop down list as well. Please check for
your provider. Your domain provider or
registrar is commonly the company from whom you purchased
your domain and where your website is hosted. If you see your provider,
using the customized directions listed is
usually the easiest way to verify ownership. If you didn’t see your provider,
or if that method was unsuccessful for you, then
let’s talk about the HTML file upload method. HTML file upload is a good
option for those who can easily upload files to their
root directory, meaning the first or main directory
of their site. For example, if my site is, I would upload an HTML file to
my root directory at– and then my file here. Or, if my site is
mysite.example.c om/subdirectory, then my root
directory would be at mysite.example.c
om/subdirectory– my file here. If you’re a site owner who can
upload files from either your site administration tool or by
FTP or terminal or shell access, an HTML file upload may
be a great option for you. Another option for site
verification is adding an HTML meta tag. If you’re familiar with writing
HTML code for your web page, then this is
a great option. Last, if your site already
uses Google Analytics and you’re an administrator,
please see the Google Analytics verification method. Each of the methods we’ve
covered have their own article to guide you through
the process. Once your site is verified,
you’ll see success on your screen. Now, when you log in to
Webmaster Tools, you’ll notice your site shows Manage Site
rather than Not Verified. For newly verified sites,
you might not see a lot of data just yet. But if you come back within a
few days, you’ll likely notice more interesting data. That covers all of our
verification methods. We hope you were able to
determine the easiest method for you to verify ownership. Thanks for watching.

100 thoughts on “Verifying ownership of your site in Google Search Console

  1. The verification code is in my main page since more than one month, but verification is failed, I don't know why, please help me. This is my site URL:

  2. can I verify my twitter, youtube, pinterest, tumblr? Or can I only verify a page I bought and manage, like my Squarespace blog?

  3. I used almost everything that she mentioned and not verified. Why does this this have to be so difficult? So depressing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Yer know – none of this junk is working for my website at all… Domain registered with GoDaddy, Hosted by HostGator and running WordPress and I have tried every single thing to achieve verification for months and none of it works, tracking code, CNAME, TXT the lot…

  5. verification process is a technical process. However, it can be made simpler by using .xml file upload instead of .html file upload. Most of the websites have issues with .html verification file upload.

  6. This was just useless garbage and nothing but a waste of my time. It did not, in any given way, explain the verification process, which is nothing like user friendly in any given way. Google please, could you even try to help your users?

  7. Paste your meta tag to header.php. You can edit it through FTP, or wordpress dashboard: appearance/editor/YourTheme.

  8. Google is getting on my nerves now too many popups, far too much advertising too many, "well we have to pay for it somehow" excuses , google stop it now please it eats up memory it slows the net down . life is too short to be messing about with your stupid ideas and impulsive nannying, pushy advertising we want to be left alone otherwise I will avoid google period and choose another form of net pest free company .

  9. I accidentally got on this site! How to rid of it, didn't know what to do entered www Google, what mess
    Am 66 and obviously a dumb dinosaur!

  10. This is probably childs play if you're a hardcore programmer, but for a common man like myself I have no idea what you just said and the written instructions dosen't make any sense either.

  11. this is a joke, how I can do , its not verifing my site with godaddy account ,but yes with HTML upload, so far cant make my google maps keyworks, so .. why you provide so many ways to do the verification if they not listen each???

  12. can I verify my site with malware issue? what is the best method? please help me. Thank you!

  13. Useless and helpless instruction. The new experience as me could not find any solution from this abstract instruction. Improve your explanation with easy examples. Some time Google seems to focus on to get its customer interest than helping them.

  14. im trying to link my twitter onto my channel art and i follow these instructions and its telling me my twitter page doesnt exsist… very very irritated.

  15. This is to verify my website, then add console. Look under Dropbox or Google drive for console information to download

  16. Just throwing this out there, my "site" I want to include is my Deviantart and this feature won't let me do this. I would also want to include direct links to the content used such as link to a piece done in a speedpaint, but if I can't link it to the original piece, much less need to verify each and every link, it will be extremely incomplete.
    I want to include what I can in the video because not everyone will check or have access to the description and this does not allow me to do this.

  17. dub dub dub/ dumb dumb dumb/ waste of my time. This should be called verifying options and how google might help if you follow all of the written instructions.

  18. Nothing in the video worked. I have wasted hours on the verification task and it is infuriating.

  19. I did not think it was helpful at first, but the instruction for the metagging helped me in the end; on the other hand, I have a degree (Soon to be a Masters) in computer science and still found this difficult… So I really think they could have explained this better!

    For one thing, the "recommended" method should not be in my view. Messing around with your DNS configurations is not a simple task. Moreover, if your domain provider is not your host, they are unlikely to be invested in helping you if you host elswhere, which is often the case.

    If you do not have extensive experience in I.T then this tutorial is simply not detailed enough. Provide step-by-step guides and for goodness sake do not encourage non-technical people to just go messing with their DNS configuration, for one thing, why would a non-technical person even know what this is, much less how to reconfigure it! Come on Google!

  20. not helpful at all. just repeating what already written on every site. I thought she is gonna walk us how to do it ….

  21. I was really hoping to be walked through the process of verifying my blog. This was of no help to me at all. I think less of the dub dub dub and more basic information is warranted here. But I guess google doesn't agree as they haven't updated this video since 2013

  22. Pants….have contacted Google by phone and email….doesn't matter how many times I protest, Google wrote and said by phone, time and again that post card in 14 days is the only way, will destroy my seasonal business as I explained, but they don't care, only interested in quoting policy. However, here is the video explaining the polar opposite. By the way Dub dub dub is not in the Oxford English Dictionary. I'm from Oxford, England so I guess I should know….Grrrr

  23. I added the html metatag and now I have a problem with https and http. Any tips on getting out of this pickle?

  24. There is an issue with setting the www or without, it keeps bugging me about site verification while its already verified??? someone got a solution for that?

  25. Ok I have a video on facebook that I need to verify but it said to upload the html link on the sites home page, well how do you upload that verification file to my video on facebook to be verified? It can't be on home page because then it would be like im posting the file. There is no home page for the video just my facebook page and I don't know how to upload that file to my facebook page, can anyone help?

  26. Helpful. Can you just answer or make a video for me. I have made website in Google classic sites and I want to use that address in Google new Sites. For that I m asked for ownership. I tried but not successful. Can you help me in detail. Great you can make a video.

  27. I just want to know where to put the code in my site builder and she goes on and on for 10 min and i still no nothing….

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