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You would like to add your site to the Google Search Console. But before Google starts allowing you to search your website, view your analytics, or upload your sitemap, it asks you to check your site, isn’t it?
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Essentially, Google’s site authentication is about proving that you own the site you’re trying to add. Google doesn’t want to transfer those powers to someone else, so Google needs webmasters to complete the Google Search Console verification process before they can run their pages.

Fortunately, this method is pretty easy, and there is a range of ways you can check your website with the Google Search Console.

In this article, we will cover seven different methods of Google site verification in two categories:

Manual methods for checking your website with Google. These methods operate on all websites, including WordPress pages.
WordPress plugins to help Google check the web. Many SEO plugins provide site verification features, so this is an excellent choice for most WordPress users.

You can click above to switch to one of the pages. Otherwise, we’re going to get started with manual processes.
Google Site Verification Five Manual Methods

If you would like to use a WordPress plugin to search your Google site, click here to jump to that section.

  1. Verification file for HTML

You just need to upload an HTML file to the root directory of your website using this form. It’s easy, but the drawback is that you’ll need access to your server to upload the file, either via FTP or something like the cPanel File Manager.


Phase 1: Download the Check File

After you link your site to the Google Search Console, you should see the option of downloading an HTML verification file in the Suggested Method tab. Upload the file to your computer:
Download the HTML authentication file

Download the HTML authentication file


Phase 2: File upload via SFTP

Next, you will need to link to your website via SFTP. Here are instructions on how to use the Dreamhost SFTP.

If you have successfully signed in, upload the file you downloaded from Google to your site’s root folder (this is the folder containing the wp-content folder, wp-config.php, etc. This folder is called public at Dreamhost.

After the file has been uploaded, it should look like this:
Upload validation file via FTP

Upload validation file via SFTP
Phase 3: Press the Review button on the Google Search Console

After you’ve uploaded the file to your site, go back to the Google Search Console and click the Verify button to complete the process:
Finish the verification process with the Google Search Console

Finish the verification process with the Google Search Console

You may also use this tool to scan the Dreamhost CDN with the Google Search Console.

  1. HTML tags

With the HTML Tag process, you need to add a simple meta tag to the section. If you are using WordPress, you can do this by:

Add the tag directly to the header.php file of your child theme.
Use a plugin to inject it into your header.

We’ll show you how to do it using the plugin method – but it’s also nice to add it directly to your theme as long as you’re using a child theme (if you don’t use a child theme, you’ll lose your Google site verification any time you change your theme).
Phase 1: Copy Google Site Check Meta Tag

Go to the Alternative Methods tab in the Google Search Console interface to find the meta identifier. Pick the HTML tag and copy the value to the box:

The meta tag for HTML
Stage 2: Add Meta Tags to Insert Headers and Footers

First, install the free Insert Headers and Footers plugin on your web. Then go to Settings for Insert Headers and Footers and paste the meta tag in the Scripts in the Header box:
Add HTML meta tags to the Insert Headers and Footers plugin.

Add HTML meta tags to the Insert Headers and Footers plugin.

Click the Save button.

There are also several alternate ways to add code to your WordPress header and footer in our in-depth article.
Phase 3: Press the Review button on the Google Search Console

To complete the process, go back to the Google Search Console interface and press Verify:

Finish the verification process with the Google Search Console

  1. Record of DNS TXT

Use this method to add a TXT record to your DNS provider instead of adding some code to your site. Since there is no code involved, this is the best approach from a strict performance perspective.

Sure – the other Google site verification methods only add a few code lines – but every bit counts when it comes to results, doesn’t it? And if you’re a fanatic of performance optimization, this is the approach you should use. Learn more about testing the DNS site.
Phase 1: Get a record of TXT

To get the DNS TXT record you need, go to the Google Search Console Alternative Methods tab and pick the domain name provider.

You can then pick your domain provider from the drop-down menu (if applicable). If you don’t see the provider of your domain name, you may select Other:
The record of DNS TXT

The record of DNS TXT
Phase 2: Link the TXT record to the DNS provider

First, you need to link the TXT record to your domain registrar or DNS provider. You need to be able to find clear guidance from your supplier.

You can add this TXT record directly from your Dreamhost dashboard if you are using Dreamhost DNS.

Then add the record of the DNS. Make sure you pick TXT from the Form drop-down:

Phase 3: Press the Review button on the Google Search Console

To complete the process, go back to the Google Search Console interface and press Verify:
Finish the verification process with the Google Search Console

Finish the verification process with the Google Search Console

  1. The Analytics of Google

If you already have an asynchronous monitoring code built on your web, you can easily check your site using Google Analytics.

There is no comprehensive step-by-step for this one. Only the following:

  • Go to the Alternate Approaches page.
  • Pick the radio button for Google Analytics.
  • Tap to Verify

Google website testing with Google Analytics

Form of Google Analytics

  1. Manager of Google Tags

Much like Google Analytics, if you are already using Google Tag Manager, you can check your site with just one click as long as the Google Tag Manager container snippet is active on your site.

Again, there is no need for any thorough step-by-step. Only the following:

Go to the Alternate Approaches page.
Pick the radio button for the Google Tag Manager.
Tap to Verify

Method for Google Tag Manager

Method for Google Tag Manager
Two WordPress Plugins for Google Web Verification Support

Don’t you like the manual approaches above?

If you’re using a WordPress SEO plugin, there’s a fair chance that your favorite plugin can have a simple tool to help with Google site verification. We’re going to show you how to do it with the two most popular plugins – Yoast SEO and All in One SEO Bundle.

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  1. SEO Yoast

To complete the Google Search Console verification process with Yoast SEO, go to the SEO General dialog in your WordPress dashboard and pick the Webmaster Tools tab.

All you need to do is paste your Google verification code in the box:
Google Web Verification at Yoast SEO

Google Web Verification at Yoast SEO

To find your verification code for Google:

Go to the Alternate Methods tab in the Google Search Console interface.
Choose the HTML tag option
You can copy the entire tag, and the Yoast SEO plugin will automatically delete the extra, leaving only the file.

Where to locate the Google verification code

Where to locate the Google verification code

Make sure you press Save changes to the Yoast SEO interface when you’re done.

  1. All in a single SEO pack

To check your site in Google Search Console with All in One SEO Pack, go to All in One SEO and click General Settings in your WordPress dashboard.

You need to see a long list of settings. Scroll down to the Webmaster Verification section and paste your Google verification code in the Google Webmaster Tools box:


Checking the Google Site in All in One SEO

Checking the Google Site in All in One SEO

To find your verification code for Google:

Go to the Alternate Methods tab in the Google Search Console interface.
Choose the HTML tag option
You can copy the entire tag. The All in One SEO Pack plugin will automatically delete the extra, leaving only the file.

Where to locate the Google verification code

Where to locate the Google verification code

When you’re done, make sure you press Update Options on the All in One SEO Pack interface.
What tool are you supposed to use?

For the absolute best output solution, we suggest using the DNS TXT record method because it doesn’t require you to add any code to your site.

Beyond that, there is no practical difference between the other methods, so you can select the approach that feels the easiest for you.

Just note – Google will review your site’s verification regularly. No matter which method you select, it’s important to keep this method in place – after verification, you can’t delete it.

Do you have any other questions about the Google Search Console process? Leave a message, and we’re going to try to help!

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