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Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site

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Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site NN_webmaster 2/1/12 12:38 PM
I have read the FAQs and checked for similar issues: YES
My site's URL (web address) is: ftp://109.254.74.11/
Description (including timeline of any changes made):

I'm trying to verify ownership of FTP site.  I urgently need this because FTP site contained private data. The data have been deleted from FTP, but it still can be found in Google cache.  I followed the Recommended method:
1)  I downloaded file html, it is available at ftp://109.254.74.11/google5a861ab1a4adeb0c.html.
2) But when I click the Verify button there is "Verification failed for ftp://109.254.74.11/ using the HTML file method (less than a minute ago). We were unable to connect to your server."
Other methods also don't work.

These users had similar problems, but I didn't find answers to my question there:
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=4d3d23521fe84081&hl=en
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=32bcc3eea74b4de5&hl=en
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=12a3571825eaa72d&hl=en

Please help me to verify ftp://109.254.74.11/.
Thank you in advance.
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site yasir 2/1/12 1:04 PM
Have you tried to verify via DNS method?
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site NN_webmaster 2/1/12 9:48 PM
Unfortunately the DNS method is unavailable in Google Webmaster Tools for  ftp://109.254.74.11/. As an example, I tried to verify my another site http://sqee.org.ua/ and in Google Webmaster Tools there was verification by DNS method as well and it worked. But for ftp://109.254.74.11/ there are only 3 variants:
1) html file (didn’n work as I wrote in my first post);
2) html metateg (also didn’t work);
3) Google analytics - no account, and it is FTP, and not HTTP site.

Please help verify ftp://109.254.74.11/ via html file. Are there other variants for FTP? The ftp server contained private data, and I urgently need to delete it from Google cache.
Thank you in advance.
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site NN_webmaster 2/1/12 11:48 PM
Actually the problem is how to delete cache of ftp://109.254.74.11/ from Google search results. Please, can you do this?
How long does Google keep cache of FTP sites? We need to remove it as soon as possible because there is private information of a person. Please help!
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site yasir 2/2/12 11:48 AM
I have seen different users who were able to verify FTP URLs via DNS method:

See the last reply here:

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=32bcc3eea74b4de5&hl=en
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site NN_webmaster 2/2/12 11:54 AM
Thank you for quick reply, but this user had domain name, and I have only IP address. I even have no variant "Verification via DNS method" in Webmaster Tools.
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site NN_webmaster 2/2/12 11:58 AM
Why html-file method doesn't work?
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site yasir 2/2/12 12:06 PM
The verification via HTML File does work but it seems to take sometime: Like after few days, the verification will work.

I am currently searching for a thread where this was mentioned by a Google Employee: will show you the thread if I find it...
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site yasir 2/2/12 12:10 PM
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site NN_webmaster 2/2/12 12:37 PM
Thank you for answers. Could you tell me how can I contact Google Employees on my problem? It seems to me that people solve their problems after their intervention.. Maybe Removal team would help?
Are there problems now at Google’s side with verification via HTML File for FTP? If so, it lasts at least since November 2011: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=12a3571825eaa72d&hl=en - I have the same message "Verification failed. We were unable to connect to your server"

And how often does Google cache FTP servers? Can I hope that after next caching the old cache will be deleted?
Sorry for so many questions but I urgently need to delete data from cache... Thank you once more
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site ѕquibble 2/2/12 11:26 PM
Your ftp is an IP address. You need to get the html file uploaded. Solve the problem of why Google cant connect to verify - look in log files, maybe pause any firewalls or blocking whilst you try.
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site NN_webmaster 2/3/12 1:44 AM
Firewall was disabled. But Google still cannot verify the ownership.
Steps from 1 to 3 in HTML File Method work - you can see html file here: ftp://109.254.74.11/google5a861ab1a4adeb0c.
But step 4 - Verify button - leads to "Verification failed for ftp://109.254.74.11/ using the HTML file method (less than a minute ago). We were unable to connect to your server"
Please what can I do else?
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site ѕquibble 2/3/12 2:24 AM
I would keep trying. Maybe look in log files to see if google is getting through. 
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site NN_webmaster 2/3/12 3:36 AM
Firewall is completely turned off, there is access to FTP root directory even for record.
In step 3, when checking for html file, everything is fine:
HTML File can be seen, FTP log shows the entrance to the FTP, anonymous authentication and transferring verification of html file .
Similarly, visiting of index Google bot can be seen; I can see how Googlebot connects, logs in as anonymous with password goog...@google.com and if there is a robots.txt - it reads it.
But on the fourth step of checking of the site when I press the "Verify button" no record appears in the logs, as if Google in this case does not attempt to connect to FTP.
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site NN_webmaster 2/3/12 3:57 AM
How often does Google make cache of FTP-servers? Please help... Can it refresh cache during next scanning? How can I facilitate this? I’m in despair...
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site NN_webmaster 2/3/12 4:36 AM
If Google Employees see this thread... How else can I prove you that it is my FTP? Can you influence the verification or delete Google cache of ftp://109.254.74.11/ manually?
I also put my FTP to open https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/removals - how long does it take to delete using this method?
Also should I have robots.txt file on my FTP (there is no more private information any more) or it is better to delete it?
Thank you!
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site ѕquibble 2/3/12 4:54 AM
The only way is to get the ftp verified. Sometimes, for unknown reasons  - it takes longer and more attempts. This does not help when trying to drill down as to whether it is just taking longer for you or whether you need to change something on your end. If you put the ftp urls in the removals tool - they will get removed. It might take a little longer than if you submitted a site removal - but entering the most important ones wont hurt at this stage whilst you are trying to get verified.
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site NN_webmaster 2/3/12 11:57 AM
Thank you for your replies. I’m trying again and again. If only someone from Google helped me...
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site NN_webmaster 2/4/12 1:46 PM
Unfortunately I still cannot verify my FTP. Google bot doesn't come to my FTP after pressing Verify button (from logs).
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site NN_webmaster 2/5/12 8:22 AM
I added my FTP urls to Google public URL removal tool. At least the status is "Removed". But they still can be found in Google search results. Why? Because it is FTP, and not HTML?
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site ѕquibble 2/5/12 11:34 AM
No - they should be removed if it says removed. I would check the ones indexed -v- the ones in the removal tools again to be sure they match.
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site NN_webmaster 2/8/12 3:11 AM
Eventually today my FTP site was verified! Whoever had done this - thank you!
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site john_swan 2/28/12 9:26 PM
I too need to get my FTP site verified so that I can get the cached documents removed. Like NN-webmaster the verification always fails.

Because the device itself I have limited control. For example I cannot add a file at the site level - only one folder deep (corresponding to the configured shares). The NAS was accidentally exposed to the internet and Google crawled it.  The NAS is now empty except for the google verification files and robots.txt in each of the shared folders

I am attempting to verify at the first folder level   ftp://203.123.92.76.dynamic.rev.eftel.com/share/

The verification file ftp://203.123.92.76.dynamic.rev.eftel.com/share/google11d140f4b00c5e3b.html is fully accessible
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site NN_webmaster 3/1/12 11:07 AM
Hi John,
I deleted some of cached documents via Google public url removal tool. But it takes much more time than after verification ownership of the site. Only after 4 days my documents were deleted from Google cache using public removal tool.
Re: Unable to verify ownership of an FTP site john_swan 3/1/12 7:16 PM
I have used the public tool to remove almost 400 documents so far but that still leave over 7,000 to go.
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