Shai - 5:37 pm on Mar 26, 2013 (gmt 0)
Hi All, Been browsing this site for years now and finally decided itís time to pay my dues. So firstly, thanks to everyone here for all of the information and guidance you have all provided.
I have a strange problem which I previously never came across, and, the fact that there are several companies controlling different aspects of this project, it makes things slightly more difficult to crack.
We have a client that has two sites. Example.co.uk and example.ie. The way its set up is that the .ie is for Ireland and the rest of the world, and the .co.uk is for uk only. Traffic is directed via GeoIP. We have not been consulted in this arrangement and itís not how I would do it. In fact, it looks quite a strange arrangement to me, but I have no say in the matter.
I am only looking after the .co.uk site.
The problem I have is that I am unable to get the site verified in WMT. I have tried three methods.
1.Upload the html file. All fine, but as the Google verification server is obviously being redirected to the .ie site, it is not finding the correct file.
2.Meat Tag: as above.
3.DNS TXT record. This is a strange one as I would have expected this to work. The company in charge of the domain says they have followed the instructions I sent to the letter and have created a TXT record with the verification code. However, using a lookup tool, I am unable to see this record. They are insistent that the record exists. Is there any way the GeoIP redirection is also causing this problem? I would have thought that as this is a domain lookup it would have nothing to do with the redirection? Anyway, itís also failing.
This whole problem has also made me think about the a possible problem with Google not crawling the .co.uk site as it will always be redirected to the .ie site. Is there any way round this?