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upload file verification method google webmaster tools verify site

Google webmaster tools verification of my website using file upload method.

 

 

I recommend verifying your website in google webmaster tools to take advantage of important information and insight that webmaster tools will give you about your website.

It will tell you which keywords visitors use to reach your site. You may discover some keywords that you hadn’t considered before which you can target to bring more visitors to your website. Google webmaster tools will also tell you any pages that google could not reach. Once you know then you can fix them.

I received a question from someone who was getting a verification failed message. As I have a google account that I have not verified my site against yet, I have used it as an example for verifying my website using the file upload method and posted the steps I took here. If you don’t have a google account then sign up, it’s free.

Here, step by step, with pictures is how I verified my website in google webmaster tools using the alternative HTML file upload method.

I log in to my google account at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ and see my site is not verified for this account.

upload file verification method google webmaster tools login

I click the verify this site button on the right hand side of the screen and am presented with the verification failed screen.

upload file verification method google webmaster tools verification failed

The upload HTML file webmaster tools method

Rather than using the google recommended Google Analytics verification method. I am going to use an alternate method in this example. I click the alternate methods tab on the verify ownership verification failed screen and then select the ‘Upload an HTML file to your server’ option.

upload file verification method google webmaster tools upload html file method

Following the on screen instructions I download the HTML verification file and save it on my computer.

Next I switch to my FTP program to upload the file into the root directory of my site:

upload file verification method google webmaster tools upload HTML file

I’m going to need to alter the permissions on this file to allow google to read it. But in this example I’m going to proceed without altering the permissions to illustrate the error that you might experience and how to fix it.

Dealing with webmaster tools verification permissions error

I attempt to visit this file to confirm the upload by clicking on the link in the webmaster tools instructions.

upload file verification method google webmaster tools check file upload

I did not change the permission so I get the following Forbidden you don’t have permission to access google.html on this server error message.

upload file verification method google webmaster tools permissions error

To fix the permissions error I log on to my host server using cPanel that my host provides and go to the File Manager (most if not all hosts should have this facility available).

In the File Manager I navigate to the google html file I uploaded

upload file verification method google webmaster tools navigate to google html file on server

I see the permissions on the file are set to 600 which means read and write allowed for the owner i.e. me but no one else, hence a ‘public’ read of the file in my web browser produced the permissions error.

I choose change permissions from the toolbar and change the value to 644 which gives read access to anyone including google.

upload file verification method google webmaster tools change file permissions

Having set the permissions on the google verification html file to 644 I can now access the file in my browser.

upload file verification method google webmaster tools access file in browser

Now I have sorted the permissions problem I can return to the webmaster tools menu and click the verify button.

upload file verification method google webmaster tools verify site

Now I get the success message, yeeha!

upload file verification method google webmaster tools successfulI click continue which takes me to my webmaster tools dashboard which has all sorts of useful information that I can use to improve my website.

The google webmaster tools successful verification dashboard

upload file verification method google webmaster tools dashboard

 

If you have been following along, you now have access to a whole wealth of information you can use to improve your site. Let me know how you get on in the comments.

As a website marketing consultant I help businesses to get the most from their website.

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About the author: Pete Stevens: I work with businesses to get the best out of their website; maximise visitors and maximise sales. I live with my wife and 2 teenage children near Bradford & Leeds in Yorkshire UK. I enjoy golf, football and curry mmm!

4 Responses to “Using file method to verify my website in google webmaster tools – step by step guide”

  1. It gave me the exact steps i needed , Thank’s 4 ur help

  2. Great post, loads of depth, easy to follow, finally solved my varification problem. Thank you for sharing Pete.

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