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  1. progressivetimes
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    I am a bit confused and I thought I should turn my requests to a higher power. Naturally I am trying to verify my blog (progressivetimes.wordpress.com) with Google Webmaster tools. Now I've seen the various posts, and the FAQ page

    http://faq.wordpress.com/2008/08/08/how-do-i-verify-my-site-with-google/

    I am by no means an expert, but the directions seem pretty straight forward yet following them leads me to no avail. The page with the google HTML is currently up as a private page. Each time I am getting a google error that is saying:

    Last attempt Feb 26, 2009: We've detected that your verification file returns a status of 404 (Not found) in the header.

    Normally I'd just shrug and say I'm S.O.L. but all evidence points to this working for everyone else so I wonder if I am making some kind of mistake. Did something with WordPress.com change recently that would impede this process? Any direction would be divine.

    The blog I need help with is progressivetimes.wordpress.com.

  2. "The page with the google HTML is currently up as a private page"

    That's your problem. It needs to be accessible for Google to fetch it. You can delete it once you're verified.

  3. Hi, have the same problem. The same answer from google
    'We've detected that your verification file returns a status of 404 (Not found) in the header'

    Changed my page to be public and no difference. Any other sugestions what I could do, please?

  4. I'm having the same problem. It looks like the filename is actually a directory on my address bar when I view the page as I'm sure it's autogenerating the page to be viewed. I don't know what to do about it.

  5. Don't make it a page. Make it a post, and there's no need to make it private. Just give it a publication date of a few months ago. No one will see it but Google.

    You set the publication date while in the edit screen. Off to the right is an option that says: "Publish immediately Edit." Use the edit button and give it a different date. Be sure to hit "OK." Then post the thing. All the post needs is a title which is the string of stuff Google gave you. The body of the post can say virtually anything, or just the word "test." Doesn't matter. It'll always be there for Google to see.

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