March 09, 2006
verify site ownership,
we check to see if the verification file exists on your webserver. We also make sure that your
server returns a status of
404 (not found) when we request a file that doesn't exist.
We do this to make sure that when we check to see if the verification file exists, we're getting
the right response because it does exist and not because the server is misconfigured.
Some of you have gotten the following message when trying to verify your site: "We couldn't find your verification file. Make sure it is named correctly and is uploaded to the correct location." But when you check the file in a browser, it does exist.
We have looked into this and have found that we are displaying the incorrect error message. What
is actually happening in this case is that when we request a file that doesn't exist, we are
getting a response other than
200. (If we get a response of
200, we display a
different error message.)
We are working to display the correct response for these cases. In the meantime, if you see this
message when you try to verify and your verification does exist in the correct location, check
your webserver configuration and make sure that it returns a status of
404 when a
request is made for a non-existent page.