Domain Property vs URL Prefix Property | How to Verify Domain(s) in Latest Search Console

Many of us who runs website are unaware of the power of Search Console. We add our website(s) in Search Console so that we can get faster index. Yes, unfortunately for most of us this is the only use of this tool.

Well, here we are not going to tell you how it empowers your website as you are here for other concern which is related to verifying your website in the latest Search Console.

Earlier it was pretty easy to verify the website(s) in search console, but the latest Search Console comes with an update. It gives you two ways to treat your site which are Domain Property and URL prefix property.

If we are not wrong, then most of the users already added their domain using URL Prefix Property method because it comes with familiar verification methods like Google Analytics that let you instantly verify the domain without playing with coding things.

If you are thinking why we have mentioned this, then know that there are more verification methods that are hardly being used by users like HTML tag, domain name provider, etc. If you have tried other option, then you don’t feel any trouble adding your domain(s) in latest search console, but apart from that don’t you want to know why Google Search Console introduced two verification methods?

Keep reading we will not just tell you the difference between Domain Property and URL Prefix Property, but we also share how you can add your domain(s) if you want to use the Domain Property method. So are you ready?

Difference Between Domain Property and URL Prefix Property

Let’s not make it technical, so we try our best to tell the difference between both options in simple language.

Domain Property

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Domain Property is a new add-on to Search Console that let you manage your overall website. You might be thinking what the difference is?

Well, there is a difference. When you verify your site(s) with Domain Property, it did not just let you manage your primary domain, but you can handle and manage your subdomains too. This was not possible with an earlier version.

Say you have a website www.mywebsite.com and you added it to a search console. After a while, you have decided to create a subdomain xyx.mywebsite.com in this case you don’t have to verify the domain again. Apart from that it also handles both HTTP and https protocol.

URL Prefix Property

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URL Prefix Property is just opposite of Domain Property option and is an old method of verifying the domain(s) or site(s).

In older Search Console it was the prime method to manage your site(s). You need to copy and paste the exact domain address. Say you have domain http://www.mywebsite.com in such case you will get a report on the page that is published under your main domain like http://www.mywebsite.com/how-to-publish-blog or http://www.mywebsite.com/category/technology.

Moreover, you will not get any data if you have decided to add the https version of your website.

Can I Use Both Domain Property And URL Prefix Property to Add My Website?

If you are thinking about adding your website(s) using both options, then know that you can add without any problem, but overall there is no benefit and reason for adding your website in both options.

It is very simple to understand. When you verify your website with Domain Property open, then you will naturally get all reports no matter which HTTP version you are using moreover you will also get a report on all subdomain(s) too.

Why There is URL Prefix Property Option When Domain Property Gives Me Access to Overall Website(s) Property?

This is a natural question that might come in most users. Google Search Console has both options because so that we can get more freedom to handle our reports.

URL Prefix Property can be used when you specifically want to get a report on added URL. It is also beneficial when you don’t want to get a mixed report with your primary property.

How to Verify Your Domain(s) Using Domain Property

When you try to verify domain(s) using Domain Property option, then you will get only one option to verify your domain(s) which is the DNS verification method.

You can use the same option to verify your site(s) using URL Prefix Property option, but the good thing is it lets you verify your site(s) using various options.

As you are reading this, you definitely didn’t try DNS verification method before. Here you will get a detailed tutorial on ‘how you can verify your domain(s) using domain property.’

Domain Property option needs you to update the TXT record with your domain name provider.

Here let’s consider two scenario’s

Scenario 1: You have Same Domain and Hosting Provider

This is a general scenario. If you have registered your domain and using the hosting from the same provider, then you can easily update the TXT record by simply login to the dashboard or your domain provider.

Here we are taking Godaddy as an example:

  1. Login to Godaddy.
  2. You will find three option in front of your domain name. You need to click on DNS.
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  3. Click on Add option.
  4. In Type* field pick TXT option.
  5. In Host* field enter your domain name without http or https.
  6. In Value TXT* field copy and paste the Search Console site verification code.
  7. Let the TTL* field as it is. This option let you configure the cache time.
  8. Click on Save button.
  9. Go back to Search Console and click on Verify button.

Note: It may take a few minutes to hours to verify your domain depending on when Google crawls your site details.

Scenario 2: You Have Changed the Nameservers or Using Any Other Hosting Service

When you want to host your domain with another hosting service, then you need to update your nameservers, and obviously, you’ve gone through the process.

Now when you login to your domain provider page then you will get a message something like “We can’t display your DNS information because your nameservers aren’t managed by us.”

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This message is displayed in Godaddy. If you are using any other service, then you will get a similar message.

In this scenario, you need to take help of cPanel. Login to your hosting provider page and from there login to your cPanel. Now follow the following steps:

  1. Look for Zone Editor under Domains option and click on it.
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  2. This page will have the domain(s) list. Click on Manage option for the domain you want to verify.
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  3. On the next page, you will find a table like structure. Look for Add Record option and from here click on Add TXT Record option.
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  4. It will add a blank field for you in the table. Here you need to fill the Name and Record fields.
  5. In the Name field (Valid zone name) type your domain name without HTTP.
  6. In Record (Text) field copy and paste the Search Console verification code.
  7. After adding the values click on Add Record button.
  8. You are done! Go back to Search Console page and click on Verify button.

Note: Most of the time it will take a few minutes to hours to verify your domain(s) so check back after some time and verify your site. It generally depends on when Google crawls your website.

So this is how you can easily verify your domain(s) using the Domain Property method. Apart from it, we hope you understand the difference between Domain Property and URL Prefix Property.

If you have any question in our mind related to the topic or you are facing any problem following the tutorial then feel free to share your concerns and problems in below comment section.