Can Someone Steal Ownership of your Site in Webmaster Tools?


Site ownership
For webmasters, verifying ownership of their website is very important, since it establishes an official connection between you and your website. It is one of the factors among many others that decides a site's trust. Every webmaster has to get his site verified in Google Webmaster Tools to help Google recognize ownership for that site, and provide some advanced tools to the webmaster. But there's one thing that might concern a few people regarding ownership. There are many blogs and websites where people who aren't the owners have access to the site's source code, at least the <body> part of a website. So what if someone adds a meta tag with the body tag and steals ownership of your website?

People who have rights to post on your blog, and even people who comment have some level of access to the body section of your website, since the content they create goes into the body tag.

Usually, website verification require you to add a meta tag to your site. This meta tag is provided by the service you're verifying from, and you, being a website owner, can add this meta tag to your site's source code (usually the head section) and get your website verified.

So what if people who don't own your site add a meta tag for website verification in the <body> section of your website?



As Google's Matt Cutts clarifies, Google only checks for meta tags embedded into the <head> tag of your website. And the head does NOT mean the header. The head contains all the definitions, stylings, rules, and so on. And it is where meta tags should be added. Meta tags with the body don't make much sense.

So as long as others are only editing your website's body section, you needn't worry about any attacks or verification attempts, should any be made. But if you're giving others access to your site's head section, then you should think again by granting such permissions.

If you found anything confusing, please do let me know. I'm here to help. Cheers :)

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  9. Yea. I completely agree with you Qasim. But if someone gave rights to modify < head > then why a person would only get webmaster? If in blogger, he/she can remove the real admin too! So, I think this all depends on trust on a person. Thanks for wonderful information.

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  10. @Saumitra Yadav Oh! That is really easy. There is not only your site on internet to be crawled. It is good that your results appear within 8 hours. Some sites don't get results within 48 hours too! It depends on the crawl rate of your site! Hope that helped! :D

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  11. Dear Mohammad,

    Can you throw some light that how a site admin rights be given to a web developer as he has to be given all the rights to make suitable changes in template. How we have to safe guard that web developer himself does not hack the system.

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  13. Excellent post.BTW one question,is there any way we can regain the website if somebody does what you have described above??

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  14. Excellent post.BTW one question,is there any way we can regain the website if somebody does what you have described above??

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  15. THank you so much. This information is really helpful. So it means allowing comments on posts isn't harmful
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  16. Great Work Thank for This Great Sharing Can u Provide me Tips for "how to validate entire html code of blogger blog" because the template of your site full with hundreds of error and warning.i chack your site recently. Thank

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  18. Excellent and much useful info. Well yes, one should be very much careful while granting permissions to the head section of the website. Thanks for sharing and Liked :)

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  19. Nice article,and thats why i dont give admin permission to any one on my personal site

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  22. @Saumitra Yadav buddy that is because Google takes some time to crawl and index your pages. This is perfectly normal......A fast crawl and index is rate is something enjoyed by high ranking blogs. Blogs with a high PR get indexed faster. So while some low PR blogs might get indexed after hours, some high PR blogs (4+) might get indexed within minutes or seconds

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  24. All websites need to be verified through Google webmaster tools. :)

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  29. dear sir yesterday i make admin to my friend to solve my blogger problem about dorway pagies now he remove my authership and he not give me access on my blog he steal my blog now hw can i get back my blog from my thief frined i have 2 blog now i have one blog please help me as soon as posible im waiting i hope you will help me

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