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WMT Showing www Version of Site Not Verified. Was Verified Before

 8:12 pm on Dec 7, 2012 (gmt 0)

I looked at WMT and saw that the www version of a site that I am working on was not verified. Both versions have been verified for a couple of years.

I am trying to figure out why this may have happened?

The stats that I saw in the www version are now showing in the non-www version.

Also, could the fact that the www version is not verified have on impact on the site's rankings?

I would appreciate your guys help with this, as this is a situation that I have not seen before and I would really like to know what could be going on.



 3:24 am on Dec 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

Periodically Google does say a site is not verified, even though it used to be verified. All you need to do is repeat the verification and all is well in Webmaster Tools.

Ranking has nothing to do with whether a site is verified in Webmaster Tools. The only thing that is affected is your ability to access the information that WMT offers about the site.

[edited by: tedster at 4:57 am (utc) on Dec 8, 2012]


 4:00 am on Dec 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

I just had that happen.
http://www.example.com was fine
http://example.com turned unverified
There is a redirect in place to go to www so no quick way to place the verification file. A day or so later, it fixed itself.


 4:28 am on Dec 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

Happened to me today too. Hit verify and it was back. Weird.


 7:06 pm on Dec 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the responses, first.

I checked Webmaster Tools and the www version is also verified.

Any reason for why the www version showed up as not verified and now it is showing up as verified?

Is it possible that there was a recrawl of the home page and after that it became verified?

If there are other reasons that you think of for why the www version became verified, I would appreciate if you could mention them.

Is it possible that I did something so the www version of the site was not verified?

I am not sure if this helps to analyze this but the Webmaster Tools is offered by the web host. It is a feature of their hosting plan.


 8:37 pm on Dec 8, 2012 (gmt 0)

Personally I hate that Google allows GoDaddy and various hosting companies to verify themselves as Webmasters for ALL of the sites they host through their API. Everytime I see that a new user has been verified for my site, it freaks me out. I go look and it's GoDaddy or whomever. So I revoke their user, delete their verification HTML file from all of my domains... and wait to get freaked out a few months later when they rerun their scripts.


 11:15 am on Dec 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

There have been several issues with GWT recently involving verification. A glitch temporarily gave domain access back to accounts that shouldn't have had it and the fix resulted in the sites remaining in GWT accounts but appearing as not verified. I think they are being extra cautious right now, it's better that you re-verify than to find out someone else is peeking.


 10:53 pm on Dec 9, 2012 (gmt 0)


If I am not seeing the not verified message now, is there some way to verify once in Webmaster Tools? And if there is, do you think that this is something that I should do?

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