Why Would an SEO Company Want to Remove Your Access to Google Webmaster Tools?

Dec 6, 2007 • 7:30 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under SEM / SEO Companies

I have been following a WebmasterWorld thread that has a site owner asking why his SEO company is requiring him to remove his verification code and add only access to Google Webmaster Tools for the SEO company.

Again, Site Owner A has hired SEO Company B. SEO Company B is requiring that SEO Owner A drop his verification for Google Webmaster Tools and then add SEO COmpany B to that access. But they are saying only they can have access and not Site Owner A.

What is the rational of this SEO company? And I quote:

We need to change our Google web master account due to some technical reasons, we have informed you to change the Google site map verification code. We will not be able to verify the site if more than one verification code is added in the server.

This seems extremely weird, since most of us know that it is perfectly fine and acceptable to use two verification files to give multiple access to your Google Webmaster Tools data for your site. In fact, Google recommends it over here:

How can I give other people access to my Webmaster Tools account?

Each person that needs to access data for your site in Webmaster Tools should be verified separately.

There is even a way for a site owner to manage who has verified ownership of your site.

So either this SEO company doesn't know that two verification files is doable or they are indeed hiding something. Either way, it seems way to sketchy for my taste. Either they don't know their business or they are not telling the truth about something.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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David Eaves

12/06/2007 01:40 pm

Seems very strange indeed, the only thing I can think of is link data, perhaps the SEO company doesn't want the client to know where their links are coming from. Of course the data could be got from MSN or Yahoo! anyway.

Mark Pilatowski

12/06/2007 03:02 pm

Yeah, I aw this same person at the Google Webmaster Help Group yesterday (at least I assume it is the same person). Kinda sketchy.

Lee Davies

12/06/2007 05:03 pm

Seems a very strange request, and sounds like the SEO Company in question wants to keep their work secretive, which in my opinion is wrong. Clients need to have trust and confidence which requires the SEO company to be Open and Honest. Lee WebPageOne Solutions Ltd

Mike Tekula

12/06/2007 05:05 pm

I agree - very sketchy. I've had the unfortunate experience of working at a company that did things like this, and I had to be the point man! Talk about swallowing your morals. Luckily I dropped that job as quickly as possible. It's companies like this that give SEO a bad name.

Rhea Drysdale

12/11/2007 10:58 pm

Or they're like me and simply haven't been able to play enough with a site over the past couple of months! :)

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