|Webstarts hosted site verification problem: 'Your verification file does not have the right content'||Shelly Imo||10/8/09 8:06 AM|
I have read the FAQs and checked for similar issues: YES
My site's URL is: http://www.travelpod.ie/
Description (including timeline of any changes made): Last attempt Oct 8th, 2009
My website is hosted with Webstarts. I own the domain. Webstarts will only allow Google verification with HTML.
I followed instructions correctly and created this page: http://www.travelpod.ie/google01be98eb0dad05a4.html which opens successfully.
When I go to verify Google will not verify and give error message: 'Your verification file does not have the right content'
I would greatly appreciate your help.
(By the way, I can't add "google-site-verification: " to the start of that file, as another user has suggested, as Webstarts won't allow colons in the name field.)
|Re: Webstarts hosted site verification problem: 'Your verification file does not have the right content'||Artie63||10/8/09 10:01 AM|
I think I have your answer. I think your adding to much of the meta tag info, try just copy and pasting the numbers letter code between the quotations. Then html them to you page. Don't copy the quotes just the code in between. Hope this works for you while I waiting for my own solution to my problem.
|Re: Webstarts hosted site verification problem: 'Your verification file does not have the right content'||John||10/8/09 10:23 AM|
Open up http://www.travelpod.ie/google01be98eb0dad05a4.html in your browser, then view the source code, it looks nothing like the file that Google gives to download for verification. I have no idea what artie63 is talking about, the verification file doesn't have meta tags.
|Re: Webstarts hosted site verification problem: 'Your verification file does not have the right content'||Shelly Imo||10/8/09 11:03 AM|
You are right in that I am using the HTML option not the Meta Tag option.
I can see what the source code looks like, but what should it look like?
|John||10/8/09 12:52 PM|
It should look exactly like the file they give you in webmaster tools:
1. Download this HTML verification file. [google01be98eb0dad05a4.html ]Which will look something like this:
No html, no nothing other than just a text file.
|Shelly Imo||10/8/09 3:31 PM|
I'm afraid it's still showing a bunch of stuff when I check the page source.
Yet I created a completely blank page and named it google01be98eb0dad05a4 as instructed by Webstarts, my hosting company.
What am I doing wrong?!?
Could this be an incompatibility arising since Google changed their verification process, much as I have seen Weebly and Wordpress etc. had to deal with?
Unfortunately Webstarts have not been able to help me so far.
I could do with some helpful suggestion as I am quite new to this, and really need to get my site verified soon.
|LRQA||10/9/09 1:03 AM|
I too have the same issue, and i have used this method for 18 other websites we have added to google, they have all worked correctly. However with this site the process was slightly different with google telling me to download the file and then upload....previously this was done differently.
This site www.lrqamexico.com is showing this verification error, exactlly how you (shelly) have also explained your process and how you have added the code to the page.
This is my page: http://www.lrqamexico.com/google3344e5f4f6664c30.html its there but google wont verify it.
But as you (shelly), the way we have set up our websites does not allow us to add this full string, as the page itself is named google verification page, and then it contains the verification code in the page name..
Appreciate some help on this too, as i have a further 20 websites to add, so need to get it right. Also, do i need to amend anything to the sites previoulsy added?
|John||10/9/09 1:25 AM|
And the same answer applies to your site. Your verification file contains:
<html><head><title>Google Analytics Verification Page</title></head>
|Shelly Imo||10/9/09 2:07 AM|
John, Can I ask what might be a silly question:-
You say the file must contain google-site-verification: google01be98eb0dad05a4.html
How can I get the file to contain this?
I have simply been naming the file www.travelpod.ie/google01be98eb0dad05a4.html
Again I should mention my hoster Webstarts does not allow me to edit meta tags, and seems to add extra code to even a blank page. And the hoster says it's Google's problem - so I am in a bit of a bind here....
|John||10/9/09 2:18 AM|
I really don't know anything about webstarts, seems like it must be some sort of publishing platform more than a real hoster.
Google will accept some extraneous html so instead of creating a blank page, create one with google-site-verification: google01be98eb0dad05a4.html in it, and try that.
I've only ever use hosting that let's you FTP any content you'd like to the server, which covers the vast majority of website hosting.
Something that doesn't let you control your content and appends their owns stuff onto it scares me.
|Shelly Imo||10/9/09 2:50 AM|
Webstarts is similar to Weebly
|Shelly Imo||10/10/09 8:31 AM|
My problem has been resolved and my website www.travelpod.ie has been verified by Google.
I had to ask my host Webstarts to upload the file to my site - then it worked.
Thanks for all the help.
|LRQA||10/16/09 4:27 AM|
ok, great, thanks John. I only just got this as i didnt sign up for email alerts!
Has this changed recently? As i say i have done the same method for all others sites and it worked ok.
I will speak with or web develeoprs to see how we adjust our pages to accomodate this.
|LRQA||10/16/09 4:32 AM|
Also, to confirm i have done the method with 'no components on the page' for all my previous sites see here for an example: http://www.lrqa.nl/google3344e5f4f6664c30.html
These are verified and have analaytics set up.
Do i need to change anything?
Thanks for your help
|Daynejones07||1/10/10 7:53 PM|
Creating a page with the name being the file name that Google provides used to work with Google's previous verification methods. Since Google now requires that verification content be a part of the actual body of the document, this method no longer works. At this time, the only way to upload a verification file is by downloading the required HTML file and upload it through your pro plus account using File, Page Settings, then "upload verification file".
WebStarts Support Team