Verifying WordPress.com Sites with Google Webmaster Tools

You might recall that I found I had dropped off the Google Blog Search radar about a week ago.  This morning I used one of the common PageRank tools and found that my PageRank was -1!  That can’t be good. 🙂  So I went to the Google Webmaster Tools page and signed up, attempting to learn more information about my recent lack of mojo.  Unfortunately, they asked for a verification method that, at first glance, didn’t seem like it was possible with the hosted WordPress.com solution.  Your choices are to either (a) add a <META> tag to your home page; or (b) add a file — in a specific location — to your website.  Neither seemed possible at first glance with WP.

However, this post was invaluable to me in trying to figure out how to get my WordPress.com website verified with GWT.   Thank you mod_rewrite()!

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13 Responses to “Verifying WordPress.com Sites with Google Webmaster Tools”


  1. 1 timethief December 11, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Verification:

    1) Write a new PAGE (not Post)

    2) Paste on the title (subject) the exact code that you get from Google Webmaster Tools option “Upload an HTML file” (this is the verification method you have to choose). Example of the code:

    google4f645e3adsdaa48g3a41z.html

    3) Click to publish it.

    4) Ask Google to verify your Blog.

    Just that! It works for me.

  2. 2 Anthony Stevens December 11, 2007 at 11:47 am

    Thanks timethief — worked like a charm!

  3. 5 Affiliates On Fire January 6, 2008 at 8:54 am

    For those hosted outside WordPress.com I’ve written a small plugin to output the keys for Google, Yahoo and MSN Webmaster tools.

    http://www.affiliatesonfire.com/articles/aof-seo-site-verifier-wordpress-plugin/

  4. 6 ebookreviewer February 28, 2008 at 12:24 am

    thanks for the tips. It’s work for me!

  5. 7 imagxz April 14, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks timethief 🙂

  6. 8 Jijo.Raj May 2, 2008 at 5:53 am

    Thanks a lot… It Works!!!

    Regards,
    Jijo.

  7. 9 Eliezer Sobel June 14, 2008 at 8:02 am

    When I do it shows up on my homepage as a new page with the google file as a title???

  8. 10 Anthony Stevens June 14, 2008 at 9:04 am

    There’s an option to mark the page as “Private” in the WP Manage Pages section.

  9. 12 lifegeeked November 5, 2008 at 10:41 am

    thanks timethief 🙂
    worked great for me !

  10. 13 tscida November 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks for writing this up. I did this and it worked great, but I decided I didn’t like seeing the page in the header, so I removed it with CSS (unfortunately you have to pay to do that, but I think it was worth it).


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