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How to verify my site in Google Console

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How to verify my site in Google Console

Post by Spring123 » Sun Jul 07, 2024 2:16 pm

Hi there,

I want to add my site to Google.

However struggling to verify my site.
It has give me an html file that I must add to my site.
Where do I add it to my Joomla site and how.
I tried to add it to between my headers in my index.php page but that does not work.

Please advise

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Re: How to verify my site in Google Console

Post by imanickam » Sun Jul 07, 2024 2:27 pm

I believe that the file you are referring to has the name something like googlexyz.html where xyz is a random string.

If this is the case, you have to copy that file in the directory where Joomla is installed.
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Re: How to verify my site in Google Console

Post by Per Yngve Berg » Sun Jul 07, 2024 2:43 pm

Mod. note: Relocated the topic to the SEO Forum.

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Re: How to verify my site in Google Console

Post by shehnaj786 » Mon Jul 08, 2024 6:38 am

Hi there,

Verifying your site with Google can be a bit tricky, especially with Joomla sites. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you add the HTML verification file:

Download the HTML file: Make sure you have downloaded the HTML verification file from Google Search Console.

Access your Joomla site: Log in to your Joomla administration panel.

Upload the HTML file:

Go to the File Manager or use an FTP client to access your Joomla site files.
Navigate to the root directory of your Joomla installation (where your index.php file is located).
Place the HTML file: Upload the HTML verification file provided by Google directly into the root directory of your Joomla site. It should not go between headers in index.php but in the root directory itself.

Verify: Once uploaded, go back to Google Search Console.

Click on "Verify" in Google Search Console.
Google will check for the presence of the verification file. If found, your site will be verified successfully.
Confirm verification: After a few moments, Google should confirm that your site has been verified. You should then see a success message in Google Search Console.

Remember, it may take a little time for Google to recognize the verification file. If you encounter any issues, double-check the file name and location, and ensure that you are uploading it correctly to the root directory of your Joomla site.

If you have any more questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask!

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Re: How to verify my site in Google Console

Post by Spring123 » Mon Jul 08, 2024 8:31 am

Thanks so much for your advice.

I am not sure how to upload a html file directly to my root directory in Joomla.
Is there perhaps a video I can watch on how to do this.

Many thanks

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Re: How to verify my site in Google Console

Post by shumisha » Fri Jul 12, 2024 6:14 am

Hi
I am not sure how to upload a html file directly to my root directory in Joomla.
You don't do it in Joomla. You use either FTP from your computer, or more likely your hosting company control panel. It should have a "File manager" of sort, where you'll be able to navigate to your site root folder and upload a file there.
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