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Website Url Verification Tutorial

Introduction to Google Url Verification

Verification has two steps, verification and claiming. Verification proves that you have control over the URL, and claiming lets Google know in which Google account you want to use the URL. You can only claim the URL in one Google account, but you can verify it in many of them.

Verification must be done first via Google Webmaster Tools. Claiming is done on the Google Merchant Center Basic Settings Page. Both steps must be completed in order for your product listings to be accepted by Google.

We recommend that you verify and claim the root or parent domain of your website, without any prefixes. For instance, use "walmart.com" rather than "www.walmart.com". Verifying the former automatically verifies the latter, as well as any other sub-domains.

Step 1: Log into Google Webmaster Tools

This topic covers how to claim and verify your Yahoo Store Website Url for use with Google Merchant Center. Google requires you to verify and claim your Website URL by May 18, 2010, otherwise, your listing will be disapproved. There are a lot of steps, but the process is very simple and should only take 5-10 minutes.

First, go to Google Webmaster Tools and log in with your Google Login.

Google Webmaster Tools Login

After you log in, your screen will appear something like below. If your domain already appears as verified on this screen, then skip down to Step 7.

Add a site to webmaster tools

Step 2: Add your Site to Webmaster Tools

Click the "Add a Site" button, and enter your website domain name beginning with 'http' and, if applicable, without the 'www.' prefix.

You can specify either 'https' or 'http', but we advise 'http' to avoid SSL issues.

Leaving off the 'www.' prefix is advisable because then you will also be claiming all sub-domains of your domain.

Add a site to webmaster tools
Step 3: Verify Ownership of your Url in Google Webmaster Tools

After you add your site, you will be redirected to the 'Verify Ownership' page. On this page, select 'Upload an HTML file' as the 'Verification method'.

Copy the file name that you see to your clipboard, e.g. google99b9d12cd333da44.html

Verify Site Ownership
Step 4: Specify Sitemap Verification File in your Yahoo Store
  1. Open a new browser window.
  2. Log into your Yahoo Store Manager
  3. Go to the 'Search Engines' page, under the 'Promotion' section.
  4. In the box labeled "Google Sitemap Verification File", paste the file name that you copied from the Verify Your Site page.
  5. Click 'Done' to save the settings.
  6. Publish your Order Settings.

Google Sitemaps Verification File setting in Yahoo Store Manager

Reference: Verifying Site Ownership with Google

Step 5: Confirm Upload of Verification File

Go back to the 'Verify Ownership' page in Google Webmaster tools.

Verify Site Ownership

Click the link in step 3, where it says to 'Confirm successful upload by visiting ...'. A new window or tab should open, and it should look something like the screen shot below. If this doesn't happen, check again that you followed the prior instructions.

google-site-verification html file
Step 6: Click Verify Ownership Button

From the 'Verify Ownership' page in Google Webmaster tools, simply click the 'Verify' button.

Verify Site Ownership

If it is successful, you will be redirected to the Dashboard and your domain will be shown on the top left corner of the page, as shown below.

Google webmaster tools Dashboard
Step 7: Log into your Google Merchant Center Account

Go to Google Merchant Center and log in with your Google Login.

Google Merchant Center Login

Step 8: Add Website Url to Google Merchant Center
  1. Click the 'Settings > General' tab from the left column.
  2. In the Website URL input box, enter the Website URL you entered before. If it is already entered, skip down to #5.
  3. Click 'Save Changes' at the bottom of the page.

Add Website Url in Google Merchant Center

  1. If you receive an error like 'Internal Error' after clicking 'Save Changes', then please try again later.
  2. After the changes are saved, scroll down to the Website Url setting again and click the 'Claim this URL' link.

Claim Website URL in Google Merchant Center

  1. Your website URL should now be verified and claimed. This completes the tutorial.

Website URL Claimed and Verified in Google Merchant Center

Alternate: Google Sitemap Verification via META tags for Yahoo Store

If you enter the Google Sitemaps Verification File in your Yahoo Store, but it appears blank when you view it in your browser, you can try the META tag method instead.

  1. Select the META tag Verification Method in Google Webmaster Central.
  2. Copy the META tag code to your clipboard.
  3. Log into your Yahoo Store and open Store Editor.
  4. Go to 'Variables > Page Properties > Head-tags'.
  5. Copy the META tag code into the box, click the Update button, and then publish your store. The meta tag code should look something like:
    <meta name="google-site-verification" content="L5xRoKd-x3q321bcTz5l2LJjLqJvtcKIqmH0BGlIEO" />
  6. After your store is published, go back to Google Webmaster Central and click the Verify button.

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