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How to Verify and Claim Your URL

1. Create a Google Merchant Center Account

  • Go to google.com/merchants and create a Google Merchant Center account and verify your website.?? From the Settings General tab, enter the Website URL of your store. If it does not say ???Verified and Claimed???, this needs to be done.

Verification must be done first in Google Webmaster Tools.
Claiming is done on the Google Merchant Center Basic Settings Page.
Both steps must be completed in order for your product listings to be accepted by Google.
Verify and claim your website without any prefixes. Example, use yoursite.com rather than www.yoursite.com.

  • Go to Google Webmaster Tools and log in with your Google Login.
  • If your domain already appears as verified on this screen, then skip down to 7.

2.?? Add your Site to Webmaster Tools

  • Click the Add a Site button, and enter your website domain name beginning with 'http' and, if applicable, without the 'www.' prefix.

You can specify either 'https' or 'http', but we advise 'http' to avoid SSL issues.
Leaving off the 'www.' prefix is advisable because then you will also be claiming all sub-domains of your domain.

3.?? Verify Ownership of your Url in Google Webmaster Tools

  • After you add your site, you will be redirected to the 'Verify Ownership' page. On this page, select 'Upload an HTML file' as the 'Verification method'.
  • Copy the file name that you see to your clipboard, e.g. googl99b9d13cd333da44.html.

4.?? Specify Sitemap Verification File in your Yahoo Store

  • Open a new browser window.
  • Log into your Yahoo Store Managerhttp://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/
  • Go to the 'Search Engines' page, under the 'Promotion' section.
  • In the box labeled Google Sitemap Verification File, paste the file name that you copied from the Verify Your Site page.
  • Click 'Done' to save the settings.
  • Publish your Order Settings.

5.?? Confirm Upload of Verification File

  • Go back to the 'Verify Ownership' page in Google Webmaster tools.

  • Click the link in step 3, where it says to 'Confirm successful upload by visiting ...'.?? A new window should open.

6.?? Click ???Verify??? Button

  • From the 'Verify Ownership' page in Google Webmaster tools, simply click the 'Verify' button.

If it is successful, you will be redirected to the Dashboard and your domain will be shown on the top left corner of the page, as shown below.

7.?? Log into your Google Merchant Center Account

8.?? Add Website URL to Google Merchant Center

  • Click the Settings General tab from the left column.
  • In the Website URL input box, enter the Website URL you entered before. If it is already entered, skip down to #5.
  • Click 'Save Changes' at the bottom of the page.
    • If you receive an error like 'Internal Error' after clicking 'Save Changes', then please try again later.

  • After the changes are saved, scroll down to the Website URL setting again and click the 'Claim this URL' link.

Your website URL should now be verified and claimed.

After your store is published, go back to Google Webmaster Central and click the Verify button.

  1. From the Settings Tax and shipping tab, add your tax and shipping rules. You can add estimates if none of the options exactly matches your shipping policies.
  2. From the Data Feeds tab, click the New Data Feed button. Use the following settings:

    Type: Products
    Target country: USA
    Data feed type: googlebase
    Data feed filename: googlebase.txt

  3. Do not check - I want to use Google Spreadsheet to store, edit and upload my feed

  4. Do not change - Set up advanced feed usage settings

    • (Click the following if you see the error: A feed with the same name already exists. Please choose a different filename.)

  5. rom the Data Feeds tab, click Settings next to googlebase.txt. Enter the settings below and click Save Changes.

    File format: Text
    Encoding: UTF-8
    Delimiter: Tab
    Use quoted fields: No

  6. From the FTP Settings tab, create your own FTP username and password. It may take 15 minutes before Google's FTP server recognizes a new FTP username/password.

    Do not set up a schedule for the data feed (or leave it paused).
    Set up your Store Export

  7. Log in to your Yahoo Store Manager, and click the Search Engines link.

  8. Scroll down to the Enable Store Contents Export section, and select Enabled (or Enable, but do not syndicate) for both objinfo.xml and catalog.xml export formats. Note the URLs labeled Download:. These end in catalog.xml and objinfo.xml (not .dtd).

    • If your exports were disabled, then republish your store.