Using CNAME to verify ownership


When posting on Freemarket, there are a few ways you can verify that you own a listing you want to sell. One of those methods is providing a CNAME record for the domain name your posting (also applies to Websites). A CNAME, in simple terms is a a type of resource record in the DNS used to specify that a domain name is an alias for another domain. For the purposes of posting with us, we can verify the you have changed this record and hence verify you own the domain. The way you change CNAME records is a bit confusing and can change based on the registrar you use.

Below you’ll find a detailed instructions on how to change your CNAME with some of the more popular registrars. If you don’t find your registrar below, these steps should help you find the equivalent section.

  1. Log in to your GoDaddy account, click My Account > Manage My Domains
  2. Open Control Panel for your domain that you want to be verified by clicking the domain name.
  3. In the DNS Zone File, click Add Record.1
  4. From the Record type, select CNAME (Alias).
  5. Complete the following fields:
    1. Enter an Alias Name — Enter the system generated code provided for your listing verification
    2. Points to Host Name — Enter
    3. TTL — The suggested TTL to assure that system verification will be able to detect the CNAME record is 1 days (1440 minutes)


Click Finish, and then Save Changes. The new CNAME record will display in the CNAME (Alias) section.


  1. Log in to your account at
  2. From the drop-down menu at the Domains tab, select My Domain. You’ll be directed to the Manage Domains page.
  3. Click the domain that you wish to verify with Freemarket.
  4. Click Host Settings.
  5. To add a CNAME record, click NEW ROW.
  6. As the host name, enter the system generated code provided for your listing verification. (e.g.
  7. As the address, enter
  8. Click Save.

  1. Log in to your Account
  2. Open the DNS Manager Settings page.
  3. Click on the Edit DNS link under the My Domain Names section.
  4. Click on the Manage Advanced DNS Records button at the bottom of the page.
  5. On the DNS Manager Settings page, in the Host Aliases: CNAME Records section, click Add/Edit.
    • Your current CNAME records are listed in editable form, and any Network Solutions service that is associated with the CNAME record is listed under the Other Host text box.
  6. Enter the system generated code provided for your listing verification in the Alias text box. (e.g.
  7. Select Other Host as the “direct to” option.
  8. Enter in the Other Host text field.
  9. Click Continue.

Take note: Changes can take up to 48 hours to take effect. Make sure you avoid CNAME records that redirect to other CNAME records, which may create infinite loops and other errors.