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Verification website via Google Site Verification API

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Hello all,

I am curious if I could verify my website in Merchant center via Google Site Verification API.

Is it possible?

 

Thank you for the answer.

 

Jakub

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the short answer to the original question is yes.

 

verification is technically completed within the google-search-console --
so any equivalent method that results in a valid verification of the site/
domain is generally allowed.

however, note that the merchant-center requires both a verification and claim;
the verification and claim are separate steps -- currently, the claim-step must be
done directly within the merchant-center-account using the same google-account
and authenticated-user who now owns the domain/site, that was verified using a
programmatic-request via the google-site-verification-api.

 

as an aside, those other methods mentioned are mainly helper-methods

that are available directly within the merchant-center-account -- to help

avoid more direct interaction with the google-search-console; however,

the resulting verification is effectively and technically equivalent.

 

see also

https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35179

 

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Re: Verification website via Google Site Verification API

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Hi Jakub,

 

Good question.

 

It's possible, but I'm not aware of the Google Site Verification API being an option for verifying a website url in Google Merchant Center.

 

These are the options:

 

HTML file upload (most common method): You’ll upload an HTML file to your server and we’ll verify that the file exists in the specified location. To use this method, you must be able to upload new files to your server. To stay verified, do not remove the HTML file even after you’ve verified and claimed your website URL.

 

HTML tag: Add a meta tag to your home page. To use this method, you must be able to edit the HTML code of your site's index page. To stay verified, do not remove the HTML tag even after you’ve verified and claimed your website URL.

 

Google Analytics: Add the Google Analytics code you use to track your site. To use this method, you must be an administrator of the Google Analytics account and you must be using the asynchronous tracking code. The Google Analytics tracking code is used only to verify your website URL ownership. No Google Analytics data will be accessed.

 

Google Tag Manager: Add the Google Tag manager container snippet to your website. You must have “View, Edit, and Manage” account level permission in Google Tag Manager. The Google Tag Manager container ID is used only to verify website ownership. No Google Tag Manager data will be accessed.

 

See more information here: https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/176793?hl=en

 

I hope that helps!

 

John

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Hi John,
thank you for the reply.

I am aware of these options. But I found out that the Google Site Verification API provides endpoint for retrieving site verification token. I can upload the Token to my Website's HTML code and call another endpoint which forces the google to visit my Website. And the Website should be verified.

The question is the website is verified for which Google's services? I am just curious about Merchant center.

I am assuming to use the same google account for Merchant and for the Google Site Verification API.
Marked as Best Answer.
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Accepted by topic author Jakub Š
September 2016

Re: Verification website via Google Site Verification API

[ Edited ]
Top Contributor
# 4
Top Contributor

the short answer to the original question is yes.

 

verification is technically completed within the google-search-console --
so any equivalent method that results in a valid verification of the site/
domain is generally allowed.

however, note that the merchant-center requires both a verification and claim;
the verification and claim are separate steps -- currently, the claim-step must be
done directly within the merchant-center-account using the same google-account
and authenticated-user who now owns the domain/site, that was verified using a
programmatic-request via the google-site-verification-api.

 

as an aside, those other methods mentioned are mainly helper-methods

that are available directly within the merchant-center-account -- to help

avoid more direct interaction with the google-search-console; however,

the resulting verification is effectively and technically equivalent.

 

see also

https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35179