Verify Your Bluehost Hosted Website with Google Search Console Using a TXT Record or HTML File

Author By Adam Wells

Last updated: 08/17/2020

Google Search Console Setup

Verify Your Bluehost Domain with Google Search Console Using a TXT Record

Go to Google Search Console and you will see a page like the one below.

Note: You will have to be logged into a Google Account.

Enter your domain name as I have in the previous image. This is going to capture any URLs across all subdomains (blog.example.com, shop.example.com, etc.) and protocols (http vs https) which will help you detect any SEO issues with serving duplicate content etc.

Click “Continue.”

Copy your TXT record.

Note: There is a dropdown menu that can help give instructions on some specific providers.

 Now let’s navigate to Bluehost in another tab. Login, and click the “Domains” Tab.

Note: Your view may be different upon logging in as I have seen Bluehost VPS Accounts with a different UI, but they still operate the same. Just look for the “Domains” tab and keep following along.

Click the dropdown arrow beside the “Manage” bar (if your view is different the overall goal here is the next step, which is navigating to the DNS records).

Click “DNS.”

On the next page, scroll down until you see the TXT Records and select “Add Record.”

Put the “@” symbol in the “Host Record” and paste your Google Site Verification Code from GSC into the “TXT Value” field — then click save.

Go back to Google Search Console and click “verify.”

Note: You may have to wait up to a day and come back to Verify your domain. If your site doesn’t verify immediately, try again in 20 minutes or so. You can continue to come back every few hours, but if you want t wait a day then that is fine too. Typically, it has not taken long for the sites I have verified to process. I would say within 20 minutes they are able to be verified.

So that is all there is to it. If you are needing to verify your website with an HTML file in Bluehost follow these next steps.

VERIFY YOUR Bluehost DOMAIN WITH GSC BY USING AN HTML FILE

Paste your domain URL into the URL Domain section of GSC (don’t do the URL Prefix section as I have done for this example). Click continue.

Download the HTML File to a location that you will remember.

Go into Bluehost and find the “File Manager.” From my view in Bluehost, we will clixk on the “”Advanced” tab.

Click File Manager.

Click the “public_html” folder on the far left side and the click the “Upload” button in the top of the screen.

Upload the HTML file that you downloaded from GSC and then go back to GSC to verify your website.

We hope that you found this step-by-step guide helpful. Now just make sure to use Google Search Console to your advantage and don’t forget that it exists.

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