What is a domain property?
Google uses a domain property to aggregate data for your site into a single source. It captures data across all protocols, subdomains, and subpaths associated with your site so you can get one holistic look at your domain. When you specify the domain you want to cover (such as “example.com”), the domain property will pull together all URLs associated with this domain (such as “https://www.example.com”, “http://m.example.com”, and “https://example.com/path”).
Google introduced domain properties in February 2019, so if you created your Google Search Console account before then, you may need to go back into your account and set this up. Follow the steps below to find out if you already have a domain property or to create one!
How can I identify a domain property?
The domain property will have the prefix “sc-domain:”. So in our example, you would see “sc-domain: example.com”.
What if I don’t see a domain property as an option in my dashboard?
When setting up AdThrive access to your Google Search Console in your dashboard, if you don't see an option in the list that starts with “sc-domain:”, then you probably haven't set up a domain property for your site. It’s also possible you are not the verified or delegated owner of the domain property.
It’s important that you share access to this domain property rather than a URL-prefix property so we can accurately analyze data across your entire site. Follow the steps below to check if you are the owner of your site’s domain property, or to create a domain property for your site.
It might take up to 24 hours for the new domain property to show up as an option in the list in your dashboard. Once you see it listed as an option (with the “sc-domain:” prefix), you can continue with the Google Search Console authorization workflow to grant us access to this domain property.
How do I create a domain property for my site?
If you have not yet added a domain property to your Google Search Console account, please follow the steps below before completing the authorization workflow in your dashboard. You will then select this domain property when granting AdThrive access to your Google Search Console data.
Adding a domain property to your Google Search Console account:
- In your Google Search Console dashboard, open the property selector in the upper left-hand corner:
- Select “Add Property” from the drop-down:
- In the first “Domain” box, enter your site domain in the form of example.com without any prefixes (no https or www), and select “Continue”:
- Next, you’ll see instructions to “Verify domain ownership via DNS record”:
This step will vary depending on your domain provider (e.g. godaddy.com or namecheap.com), so reach out to them or your host or developer if you need assistance.
If your site is on Cloudflare, see this article that shows how to add a DNS record in Cloudflare. Here’s how to add a TXT record in GoDaddy.
If you’re unsure where your DNS settings are located, you can look up your nameserver using ICANN. Then, log into your nameserver and add the TXT file.
Once you have the settings configured, return to Google Search Console to verify.
- Once your domain property is verified in Google Search Console, then you can return to your AdThrive publisher dashboard and complete the authorization workflow, giving us access to your new domain authority.
How do I check to see if I’m the owner of my site’s domain property?
You must use the same email address that has ownership of the domain property when connecting your Google Search Console account from the AdThrive dashboard.
- To verify that your email owns the domain property, log in to your Google Search Console account and select the domain property from the drop-down in the top left corner:
- Then, click on Settings at the bottom of the left menu:
- Under Property settings, check to see if you are a verified or delegated owner of the domain property in the Ownership verification section. If you are not, you can click on this tab to submit the required verification to confirm your ownership of the domain property.
- Once your ownership is verified in Google Search Console, then you can return to your AdThrive publisher dashboard and complete the authorization workflow, giving us access to your domain property.