Google Webmaster Tools not verifying

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    I’ve tried this more times than I can count, and my site won’t verify. I’ve followed the documentation in the support section with only a few exceptions because it looks like google changed a few options. Here’s what I’m doing:

    Added site to Google’s Webmaster tool
    Selected Alternate Method

    Here’s where google’s site differs. Your documentation states to select ” Add a meta tag to your site’s home page” however that isn’t one of the options on Google’s site. I have 3 choices under the alternate method: HTML File Upload; Google Analytics; and Domain Name Provider.

    If I select the Recommended Method tab instead of the Alternate Method, then I get the meta tag info you show in your documentation. I copied the bold section (everything after the “content=” part of the html string.

    I go to Tools in WordPress and paste the content value into the slot for google under Webmaster Tools Verification.

    I save the changes and click back to google’s webmaster tools page. I hit verify and says it cannot verify the site. I’ve deleted and re-pasted this code multiple times. Refreshed and saved each time. Nothing works.

    The content value that comes up for me is surround by double paranthese instead of single, like in your example. Mine also includes a space and / before the >. I even tried changing the double parentheses to single, eliminating everything after the parentheses, and a few other variations. I didn’t expect them to work, but I couldn’t figure out what the problem was.

    Can you let me know what I’m doing wrong?

    The blog I need help with is



    The only method we can for blogs is this one >


    Yeah, that’s the one I’m using and it’s not working.

    Today has not been the greatest for me though, so maybe murphy’s law decided to keep on going.

    I’ll go through this again tomorrow and see if it works then.




    I have the same problem. I am pretty sure I did exactly what was instructed and it still doesn’t work.



    Just worked fine for me.

    Did you copy and paste ONLY the verification info that is between the quotes mark? – the long series of letters and numbers – not the whole string



    Yep. Still doesn’t work.

    My site is private though. Could it have something to do with that?

    Would appreciate some assistance/advise please…



    My site is private though. Could it have something to do with that?

    Yes – Google must be able to visit a site to read the verification code – a Private site can’t be visited except by those invited in – you will need to make the site open for Google to verify it – but then you will have another problem – after your site is verified and Google indexes it – the next time it can’t visit the site it will probably give you errors since it can’t get there –

    Maybe timethief, raincoaster or one of the others know exactly what will happen if Google can’t reach the blog content



    If Google can’t reach your blog content after you have verified it (if you set it to private after verifying), it will close the information for it, and tell you it is not verified. Basically the Webmaster is for search engine information, and private blogs do not have search engine info for their posts and so you cannot use Webmaster with a private blog. This i say from experience of doing this with a private blog myself.



    I will verify my site after making it public then.

    Appreciate the advice!



    Hey guys,

    I have just had the same problem BUT the way to fix it is check your HTML source code for the open head tag <head> …some themes don’t have this for some reason but they do have the close tag </head> so check your theme.

    Google gets confused if it can’t find open <head>

    If your theme doesn’t include <head> then you either change the theme template or go without Google Webmaster Tools.

    Hope that helps!



    That does not help at all. Here’s the reason why it doesn’t apply to us here at This is amultiuser blogging platform. Herea all blogs wearing the same theme are using the same underlying template. We bloggers cannot access any metadata files and edit them. Only Staff can access those files and edit as every edit they make affects all blogs wearing the same theme.

    The bottom line: The only method we can for blogs is this one > It does work and no other process will work.

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