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Webmaster Tools Problems - accessing verification data

8:50 pm on Oct 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Our system experienced a temporary problem while accessing verification data for some of your sites. Please try again later.

Anyone else seeing these problems in Google Webmaster Tools?

8:05 am on Oct 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I'm not seeing it now, but in the past, I most definitely did. Just make sure your Google verification file is still on the server. A search for that error message on site:google.com shows that it does happen to sites as a bug, but it also can be a real issue with the site. Google's Webmaster Help group might be a good place to go if the issue doesn't resolve soon.
2:24 pm on Oct 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have something similar - I'm unable to set preferred domain for a site in WT, although verification file is present on my server.

Does anyone have any idea how to fix this?

3:05 pm on Oct 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I had to reverify a couple of my sites on a server when they upgraded to latest version of Apache. I had to use the meta tag method though. For some reason it was giving Google a 403 Forbidden response for the .txt file. If you have access to your raw data log check to see if your server is returning a 200 code for your verification file.