Please follow the instructions below carefully so as to upload the correct code to Section 6 of your website.
NOTE: In order to verify ownership of your website with Google and Bing, it must first be published live on the Internet.
Please note: When adding your domain name to Google Search Console or Bing Webmaster Tools, you should include the 'www.' For example, http://www.myholidayvilla.com or https://www.myholidayvilla.com, which one you choose will depend on whether you have HTTPS enabled on your PromoteMyPlace website.
Then once you have an account with them, follow the instruction provided in the links below to verify your website with Google and / or Bing:
- Instructions on how to verify website ownership with Google Search Console: http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=35179
Google will ask to choose the Domain or URL Prefix method. Select URL Prefix so you can enter the full URL into the field provided:
- Instructions on how to verify website ownership with Bing Webmaster Tools: http://www.bing.com/webmaster/help/how-to-verify-ownership-of-your-site-afcfefc6
THE RECOMMENDED OPTION TO VERIFY WEBSITE OWNERSHIP IS VIA THE META TAG
1. HTML Tag Verification - GOOGLE
1 - On the first page you're taken to, you'll see a red Add a property button. Click it.
2 - In the field provided, enter your website domain name and then click Add
3 - On the next page, select the option - HTML tag
Please note: If the HTML tag option does not display, you will need to visit the Settings page for your website and click Ownership verification to add the alternate verification methods as outlined in Google's instructions here: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/9008080?hl=en
The code will look like this:
Copy the full code provided - as above.
4 - Now go back to your PromoteMyPlace account and head into Section 6 - Verify Website Ownership - in the Google field provided, paste the code and click Save
5 - Finally, go back to your Google Search Console account and click the red Verify button underneath where you copied the meta tag code
To verify ownership using an HTML tag for Google, choose the HTML tag method on the verification details page for your site and follow the instructions shown.
2. META Tag Verification - BING
1 - Log into your Bing Webmaster Tools account
2 - Click Add a Site
3 - Enter your website URL and click Add (you can ignore the sitemap part at this stage as you can add it later)
4 - Click ADD again
5 - Go down to Option 2 - Copy and paste a <meta> tag in your default webpage
6 - Select the code in the grey box and copy it, then head back to your PromoteMyPlace account
7 - Paste the code into the Bing field provided and click Save
8 - Go back to your Bing account and click the Verify button
Another option to verify website ownership is via the HTML File Upload
Both Google and Bing can provide you with a HTML file that you need to upload to your PromoteMyPlace website in the 'Verify Website Ownership' section once logged into your account.
To choose this option, go into Section 6 - Verify Website Ownership - and click the Use File Upload Method
Download the HTML file provided within your Google and Bing Webmaster Tools accounts and save it to your computer.
The Google file will have a name resembling:
The Bing file will be called:
Then log into your PromoteMyPlace account, go into 'Verify Website Ownership', click the Choose File button to find the HTML file on your computer. Once found, click the Upload button for it to be added to your PromoteMyPlace account.
Once you've added the file to your website, go back into Google Search Console or Bing webmaster tools and click 'Verify'.
NB: If you have decided not to purchase your own domain name and are continuing to use a domain name with the promotemyplace.com extension e.g. myholidaycottage.promotemyplace.com you will need to verify website ownership via your Google Analytics instead. Instructions for which can be found here: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/185871
Although not essential, we do recommend purchasing your own domain name for a variety of reasons of benefit to you. More information on this can be found here.