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8:53 am on Jun 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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GWT introduce new domain verification facility with eNom and Godaddy.



Today we’re announcing a new initiative that makes it easier for users to verify domains for Google services like Webmaster Tools and Google Apps.
Now eNom and Go Daddy customers can more quickly and easily verify their domains to use with Google services like Webmaster Tools and Google Apps.

One of our supported verification methods is domain verification. Currently this method requires a user to manually create a DNS TXT record to prove their ownership. For many users, this can be challenging and difficult to do.

Now eNom and Go Daddy customers can more quickly and easily verify their domains to use with Google services like Webmaster Tools and Google Apps.

We’re also happy to share that Bluehost customers will be able to enjoy the same capability in the near future. [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.in...]

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 1:24 pm (utc) on Jun 5, 2012]
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1:25 pm on June 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Well that is nifty for those that use WMT. However, I gotta ask, "if domain verification is so tough for some people, are they really qualified to use WMT in the first place?"
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Kind of like the Google-GoDaddy thing that was supposed to make using a custom domain with Blogger easier but didn't work (at least at first).
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One of our supported verification methods is domain verification. Currently this method requires a user to manually create a DNS TXT record to prove their ownership. For many users, this can be challenging and difficult to do.

Huh? This must have been an awfully short-lived technique. All I've ever had to do is download a file from google and then upload it, unchanged, to the site. Anything much easier than that and you'd be able to verify ownership of sites that aren't yours.

Hmm.
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...all it takes is for you to tell GoDaddy, eNom, BlueHost and others it's "o.k." to share some of your personal business info with GOOG.

The first time you log in, you’ll be asked to authorize the provider to access the Google site verification service on your behalf.


Do you really want Google to know which sites are connected via your registrar account info?

"There's no free lunch" as the saying goes --- it looks to me like Google cooked this idea up to "permissibly" gather and use otherwise "hands off" WHOIS data for advertising / marketing / profiling purposes.

I'd bet the participating registrars and hosts get a penny or two for every verification -- all they need to do is give up is your info.

Google will have them all doing it pretty soon since most registrars or hosts that participate will promote it as a "feature" and point out how others don't offer the same "free service".
11:27 pm on June 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I actually used this service on godaddy and i really is easy to do
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My advice: Just upload the file, there are privacy considerations you need to entertain when making a hard connection between your web host and any search engine that a simple file upload allows you to bypass.

There's also a reason Google wants DNS access and it's not exclusively for your benefit, imo. The day they remove "empty file upload" as an option, with being allowed to delete it immediately after, is the day I close my GWT account. When Google decided to push 'the creepy line' as Eric Schmidt describes it I became more firm in monitoring my lines. Otherwise what are they good for?
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The day they remove "empty file upload" as an option, with being allowed to delete it immediately after

You can't delete it. They re-check periodically.