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Do I need to separately verify mobile site in Google Webmaster Tools

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Do I need to separately verify mobile site in Google Webmaster Tools MattSimpson 7/12/12 5:03 AM
Hello,

Having verified domain ie.http://www.domain.com in GWT do I need to separately verify it's mobile version ie. m.domain.com? If so which method is the best for mobile?

Also if the mobile website will have different URL ie. m.domainmobile.com how will that affect the verification (obviously having verified http://www.domain.com wouldn't help).

Thanks
Re: Do I need to separately verify mobile site in Google Webmaster Tools Heath Bradbury 11/19/13 5:50 PM
ditto...
Re: Do I need to separately verify mobile site in Google Webmaster Tools Zineb 11/20/13 6:51 AM
Hello MattSimpson,

Thanks for posting here.

Having verified domain ie.http://www.domain.com in GWT do I need to separately verify it's mobile version ie. m.domain.com? If so which method is the best for mobile?

--> Yes. You need to verify both URLs in Webmaster Tools.
Regarding verification methods, it depends on what you prefer :)


Also if the mobile website will have different URL ie. m.domainmobile.com how will that affect the verification (obviously having verified http://www.domain.com wouldn't help).

I don't see why it would affect the verification. 
Make sure to add the bidirectional annotation to both your sites (mobile and desktop) to help our algorithms understand the relationship between your desktop and mobile pages.

You'll find more details about the annotations in our developers site: https://developers.google.com/webmasters/smartphone-sites/details

Cheers,
Zineb

Re: Do I need to separately verify mobile site in Google Webmaster Tools albert0346 11/26/13 6:20 AM
What's about if you have the mobile version in a subdirectory of your main domain? Do you need to verify it also?

Albert
Re: Do I need to separately verify mobile site in Google Webmaster Tools John Vins 11/27/13 3:18 PM
I was wondering the same thing, Albert. Although my assumption is that since the mobile version is in the same domain, it does not need to be added separately. I hope someone will confirm that for us.
Re: Do I need to separately verify mobile site in Google Webmaster Tools Zineb 11/28/13 2:10 AM
Hello albert0346 and John Vins,

Thank you for asking this question; it sounds like it's not clear enough for everyone.

The answer is: you'd need to verify your mobile website in Webmaster Tools if it is on a different hostname than your desktop website.

For instance, m.yoursite.com is on a different host than www.yoursite.com, so you'd need to verify both sites in this case.

Cheers,

Zineb