Should You Be Charged For Verifying Your Site With Google or Search Engines?

Feb 3, 2009 • 8:27 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

A Google Webmaster Help thread asks if he is being ripped off because his hosting company wants to charge him to help him verify his site with Google Webmaster Tools.

So you know, all it takes to verify a site with Google Webmaster Tools is to either upload a blank html file or add a meta tag to your site.

Is it criminal for a hosting or design company to charge for this?

I don't think so. It is like paying someone to install a new door lock or paint a room or add a new page to your web site. We can all try to do this ourselves but some either don't have the time or know-how to make it happen.

In this case, it seems like the host charges only a few dollars per month and this host doesn't allow any file to be uploaded. So the webmaster cannot technically upload the file. But then, I guess, you get what you pay for.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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02/03/2009 06:51 pm

I'm with you Rusty - if someone wants a professional to do a job for them then they should expect to have to pay for it. Of course just how much they should have to pay is another thing.

Steve Morin

02/03/2009 07:20 pm

I think if you (a customer) think the hosting company is jobbing you.. then look at other hosting companies. I personally would think I was getting hosed as well, but then again, I know how easy it is to submit my own sitemap file, and use the free tools that Google provides. The hosting company is charging strictly on the time it takes to do the service. I can understand and respect that, but if you (the customer) don't like the extra charge, there are a lot of hosting companies out there that will provide this service in their itemized lists of features, of course they might be hiding the cost in the monthly fee you pay, but it all comes down to if you can do it yourself, then do it and save yourself a couple of bucks, if you can't and someone else will do it don't be surprised that they will charge you. and like the comment above, how much you pay is another thing altogether.


02/05/2009 10:59 am

Guys, Charging for that kind of 2 minute job is why so many people are suspicious of web companies. Yes it's a ripoff and I would be embarassed to do it.

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