Unable to verify SEO/Google Webmaster Tools
Was not sure who to assign this too. Boone, is it you? If not, I apologize and re-assign.
I was helping Joan Greenbaum setup a blog with WordPress SEO and we were having trouble verifying the site with google.
I go to Google Webmaster Tools:
1. Download this HTML verification file. [googlef9d419c134fbb58b.html]
2. Upload the file to http://somename.commons.gc.cuny.edu/
3. Confirm successful upload by visiting http://somename.commons.gc.cuny.edu/googlef9d419c134fbb58b.html in your browser.
4. Click Verify below.
To stay verified, don't remove the HTML file, even after verification succeeds.
And then take the code:
paste each one into the Google Webmaster Tools field in the plugin’s Dashboad, and click <Save Settings>
Go back to Google and click verify, but am prompted with the following:
We weren't able to verify your site: http://somename.commons.gc.cuny.edu/
#5 Updated by Boone Gorges over 5 years ago
- Status changed from Assigned to Reporter Feedback
- Target version set to Not tracked
Hi Stephen - We don't support this particular method of verification, because it would require that users have file-level access to the Commons (a security risk).
When using the WordPress SEO plugin (which is, I assume, what you're doing here), there's an alternative method of verification. Sadly, they don't appear to be well documented. Here are the steps:
1. Go to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/home?hl=en
2. Create a new site, if need be. Otherwise, for the existing site, click Manage Site > Verify Site.
3. Select the "Alternate methods" tab, and the "HTML tag" option.
4. You'll see an HTML tag that looks something like this:
<meta name="google-site-verification" content="xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" /> The value of the "content" field is what you'll need - represented here by xs. Copy the value to your clipboard.
5. On your Commons site, go to Dashboard > SEO > Dashboard. Under "Webmaster Tools", paste the value you just copied into the "Google Webmaster Tools" field.
This should be enough for Google to verify. Let me know.