Verify my SmugMug site ownership for third-party tools

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Some third-party sites and tools ask you to verify your SmugMug site ownership, like Pinterest and Google Webmaster Tools. They ask you to copy a snippet of code they provide, paste it into your site, and then go back to their service to complete verification.

We’ve made this easy to do on your SmugMug site!

Make sure you’re logged in to your SmugMug account, then go to Account Settings > Discovery > Search and scroll down until you see the “Verify Site Ownership” section.

Currently we support Pinterest and Google Webmaster Tools verification, so select one of these choices from the service drop-down menu and paste in the verification code you received from Pinterest or Google Webmaster Tools.

Click “Save and Exit” once you’re finished, then return to the third-party site to complete your verification.

To further help you get set up, we’ve included how-to’s for verifying Pinterest and Google Webmaster Tools below.

Pinterest

Verifying your SmugMug site on Pinterest lets everyone know you own your site. If you have a business, you also get access to analytics from Pinterest. (Sign up for a Pinterest account if you don’t already have one.)

  1. On your Pinterest page, click your username to view your profile.
  2. Click the gear icon and select Account Settings.


     
  3. Select Profile from the left-hand menu and scroll down until you see the Website field. Enter your SmugMug URL (not your customized URL) and click Verify Website.


     
  4. Copy the meta tag code in the How to verify field. (Click inside the text field and then use Ctrl/Cmd-A to select everything and Ctrl/Cmd-C to copy it.)


     
  5. In a different browser tab or window, make sure you’re logged in to your SmugMug site and go to Account Settings > Discovery > Search and scroll down until you see the “Verify Site Ownership” section. Select Pinterest from the drop-down menu and in the field that appears, paste the code you copied above. (Click inside the text field and use Ctrl/Cmd-V to paste it.)


     
  6. Click Save and Exit on your SmugMug site.
  7. After the tag has been added to your site, wait a bit for the servers to refresh and then click the Complete Verification button on your Pinterest page.

Note: You might see an error message from Pinterest after clicking Complete Verification. This is an issue on Pinterest's side, but if you reload the page and try completing verification again, you should see a message that states your site is already verified. So verification works even if Pinterest tries to tell you otherwise. You can confirm this by saving your Pinterest Account Settings and looking for the "Site verified" notice by your website.

Check out Pinterest’s FAQ for more information about errors with Pinterest Verification.

Google Webmaster Tools

Get data, tools, and diagnostics for a healthy, Google-friendly site by adding the Google Webmasters Tools Verification to your site. (Sign up for a Google Webmaster Tools account if you don't already have one.)

  1. On the Webmaster Tools Home page, click the Manage Site button next to the site you want, and then click Verify this site.
  2. If HTML tag is not visible on the Recommended method tab, click the Alternate methods tab and follow the on-screen instructions for the method you choose.
  3. Click HTML Tab.
  4. Copy the meta tag.


     
  5. Paste the meta tag in your SmugMug Account Settings > Discovery > Search page in the Google Webmaster Tools field. 


     
  6. After the tag has been added to your site, wait a bit for the servers to refresh and then click the Verify option back on your Google Webmaster Tools page. 

If You've Already Verified Your Site

  1. Click on the URL in the list on the Google Webmaster Tools homepage. 


     
  2. Click the gear icon on the Google Webmaster Tools page, then click Verification Details.


     
  3. Click Details and then copy the Meta Tag or Verify using a different method if you need to switch to the HTML tag.


     
  4. Paste the meta tag in your SmugMug Account Settings > Discovery > Search page in the Google Webmaster Tools field. 


     
  5. After the tag has been added to your site, wait a bit for the servers to refresh and then click the Verify option back on your Google Webmaster Tools page. 

Check out Google's FAQ for information about errors with Google Webmaster Verification.

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