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Get Your WordPress.com Blog Now Verified by Google’s Webmaster Tools

Since Google came out with the Google Sitemap, WordPress.com bloggers have had no luck verifying their WordPress.com blogs until now. Jalaj P. Jha has come up with “Get your WordPress.com Blog Google Verified”.

It’s a simple method of creating a Page with the Page title as the HTML file name Google provides. Create the page with no content, then click the Verify button on Google’s Webmaster Tools verification page, and your WordPress.com blog is now verified. Delete the Page and you are off and running with all of Google’s Webmaster Tools.

This technique was tried before and didn’t work, but it works now, so hurry before it stops working. ;-)

And thanks, Jalaj, for persisting and figuring this out.

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19 Comments

  1. Posted May 23, 2007 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    I should get it verified now in case I ever have to move my blog over to here. :)

  2. Posted May 23, 2007 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Thanks Lorelle,
    I desperately wanted to share this with other wordpress.com Bloggers, and now that it’s on your blog most of them will know.

  3. Posted May 23, 2007 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Might be related to the new Google MX feature.

    http://wordpress.com/blog/2007/05/23/domain-mapping-and-email/

  4. Posted May 23, 2007 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    this is good to know. thanks lorelle!

  5. loretxoa
    Posted May 23, 2007 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Thanks, as always, Lorelle. I will try.

    Anyway, will one day WordPress.com accept services such as Google Analytics or Feevy?

  6. Posted May 23, 2007 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    hm, deleting the page on my own hosted site gives me makes me not verified again for some reason

  7. Posted May 23, 2007 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Maybe it didn’t crawl your blog yet to verify. Do it again and let it sit there for a day then delete it. Mine has remained verified for three days now, and I deleted the Page after verifying.

  8. Posted May 23, 2007 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    I was able to this before, however, I just made the page private instead of deleting and it still worked. :D

  9. Posted May 23, 2007 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    Now that I’ve got my new domain name, I need to see if I can get Google to crawl it properly. Normally uploading a sitemap isn’t a good idea… but what if you just changed your domain name?

  10. Posted May 24, 2007 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    I think that the page needs to be available every time the googlebot crawls your site. If it can’t find it, it assumes that the domain has been moved and locks you out of webmaster tools again.

  11. Posted May 24, 2007 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    You can delete it, but you may need to create it again in the future, according to Google.

  12. Posted May 28, 2007 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    I’d agree with Craig, as I’ve found on my normal site that after a couple of days of having deleted this “verification page”, Google no longer sees my site as verified. So you’ll probably have to keep it there, or, as Craig says, recreate it every now and again (which is a pain).

  13. Posted May 28, 2007 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    I missed the dot-com part of WordPress.com in the above post, thinking it was referring to any WordPress blog, and went through the whole procedure for my blog hosted at my own site. So…

    First of all, the procedure didn’t work, for whatever reason. (Maybe something to do with post-slugs, which don’t seem to be happening in my blog.)

    Second, I realized, I only have to upload the requested file to the designated directory. :)

  14. Posted May 28, 2007 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    @kirk: This is a fairly new feature that won’t be available until WordPress 2.3 (or maybe never — it might be .com only)

  15. illustrata
    Posted May 29, 2007 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    Please forgive my ignorance, but what does Verified mean?

  16. Posted May 29, 2007 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Verify = prove it exists and is legitimate – true. Your passport is verification that you are who you say you are. When you comment on a blog using the old fashioned CAPTCHA, a test you have to answer to prove you are a human, your response verifies you as “real”. Unfortunately, in that instance, comment spam bots know how to get past those, but the example uses the word.

  17. Posted September 19, 2007 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Great blog. Im an amateur blogger with a couple of blogs, i just started out doing it part time. And i must say your helping me out a lot. By the way im known as Scott Shawnson. And i have subscribed to this blog. Keep up the good work. Post more frequently. Because your helping bloggers and a lot of webmasters out a lot. Thankyou

  18. Posted January 6, 2008 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Thanks Lorelle.

    For WordPress.org users (ie those who host their own WordPress installation) I’ve written a small plugin which allows you to verify easily with Google, Yahoo and MSN webmaster tools in a simple WordPress options form: AOF SEO Site Verifier WordPress Plugin.

    Now, if we can get this included in the WordPress default plugin set then WordPress.com users could also use it!

  19. Posted January 29, 2010 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Is it a WordPress.com site or the fully hosted version of WordPress? This article is for the former. Please contact Google’s Webmaster Tools for details on adding your site – no matter what year it is. :D


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