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hoping for a quick resolution on this.
My seo company are wanting me to remove my google verification file and replace it with their own.
i am 'assuming' that they want to keep track of all the goings on on my website. thankfully i would never give them access to do these things themselves, so all their actions have to be ratified by me first.
how would doing this impact on my statistics? would my analytics stop? etc.
would this be classed as a normal thing for them to do?
We are talking about the tracking codes aren't we or are we talking about the verification file you must install to access Google Webmaster Tools?
[edited by: Ledfish at 4:44 am (utc) on Dec. 4, 2007]
But if you are saying about Google Analytics account, then you cannot have two tracking code. So its better to ask their Gmail ID and add it in users. You can either have them rights to view only reports or even you can give then administrator rights. But be careful, with administrator rights, they can change your account preference from administrator to View reports only.
the search company has come back to me saying :
"we need to change our Google web master account due to some technical reasons, we have informed you to change the Google site map verification code"
"we will not be able to verify the site if more than one verification code is added in the server"
and that they can track the statistics and improve website traffic using webmaster tools.
advice please! and if anybody can point me to a piece of google help that says there can be more than one 'site map verification code' that would be super.
If they do not know how to do it without removing you verification code, go and find another SEO company.
We can discuss the issues of having your website associated to other accounts you don't know which reputation have, but having many verification codes is not a problem (as well as having many people accessing the Analytics data with different user names).
But if they want to remove yours there's only 2 possibilities: or they do not know what they're doing or they want to hide something. Go and find a different company.
Having multiple verification file should not be a problem. I can say that because in GWT, there is a feature called "Manage Site Verification". This feature will show all the verification file in the root of your website. For reference you can see the Google Help
So if your SEO Company is changing their GWT account, then ask them to create a new html verification file & you delete the older one. This way both of you can access GWT information.
I am confidence about it because I am doing the same means my clients is having its own verification file & I am having a another. Both of us are using different GWT account & easily can access the site details. We are using the account for nearly a year.
Thanks & Regards -- Ann