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Verifying domain ownership for Google Search Console

Posted July 13, 2020 783 views
DNS

As I was following the directions on how to verify ownership through Google Search Console (https://search.google.com/search-console/welcome?utm_source=about-page), I got an error that said:
“Sorry! Something went wrong.”
I tried to create a new TXT record by posting the string from Google into the value field, selected “@” for the hostname, and selected 3600 as the TTL. Is there anything else I should be doing?

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@blakeblaze15 I just tried it with a domain I own and had not previously verified, and it took a few seconds but it worked.

Process

  1. Ensure the domain registrar is configured to point domain to DigitalOcean nameservers How To Point to DigitalOcean Nameservers From Common Domain Registrars
  2. Ensure you’ve added the top-level domain in DigitalOcean DNS (domain.com no WWW or https)
  3. Type the top-level domain into the “Add” step in Search console domain.com
  4. Copy the TXT record from Google and paste it into TXT record section of your domain.com page on Control Panel, use @ for the Hostname
  5. Go back to Google, wait a few seconds, click Verify.

Demonstration

Here’s a screen recording of my process

Adding a TXT record to confirm google search console ownership on DigitalOcean

You can see it fails the first time I try to verify, but then I wait a few seconds and try again and it works

by Josh Barnett
by Kathleen Juell
DNS is the naming system that is used to bind a domain name to a web server. In this guide, we will change the nameservers for a domain that we have registered and point it to a DigitalOcean Droplet.
  • Thank you very much for the thorough response. My problem is that after step 4 I’m getting an error that the record could not be created. Is this because I already have two TXT records associated with the domain?

    I know the domain registrar is correctly configured because my website is working; is there any reason that I wouldn’t be able to create the record. I followed everything in the video.

Just wanted to follow up here. To the best of my knowledge I didn’t do anything differently, but when I tried today instead of the red pop-up “Sorry! Something went wrong” I got a successful green pop-up instead.

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