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I need to set up Google Webmaster Tools for several of my clients. Is it alright to add multiple sites under my own Google account and then add clients as other owners if they need access? If further down the line my clients decide they want control would setting it up like this cause problems?

Any advice appreciated, thanks.

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More info on managing multiple users in GWT: support.google.com/webmasters/bin/… – w3dk Feb 12 '13 at 20:04

I usually create free outlook.com or gmail.com adresses like this:


Whenever they want to remove me completely, I simply hand over the account and they may change the passwords themselves.

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Thanks. I think I may well adopt your method next time. – user21364 Jan 13 '13 at 16:07
Yeah, at that time it just seems easier to just go ahead and set everything up for the client. If the client wants to switch companies or likes to manage the accounts themselves it's just an easier explanation to just hand over everything instead of explaining the customer why this and that doesn't work or why he needs to setup a completely new account. – uberconversion Jan 14 '13 at 9:29
But there's a limit on accounts number managed from the same IP Address and phone number. How do you overcome this? – Marco Panichi Oct 18 '13 at 4:37

I have gained access to client sites under my own Google account and then unverified myself when my relationship with the client ended. It doesn't cause any problems.

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Just to add... when you add another owner to a site, the other verified owners on that site get notified. And any site owner can unverify any other site owner - or you unverify yourself as Stephen suggests. – w3dk Feb 13 '13 at 0:23

You will most likely run into problems later down the line when they want to remove your access, since it'll be registered on your account you are the master and therefore unremovable. It's best to gain access to their account or ask them to add you as an administrator. That way they can simply remove you without the need of having to ask you to remove the domain and then having them verify it.

Personally I ask for their login details to gmail since asking them to find the add administrator and so forth can be tasking if they ain't very good with computers.

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Thanks, you're right, better to set up like this from start to avoid problems later. I'll see how they get on adding me as a user. Not comfortable asking for their gmail login. – user21364 Jan 11 '13 at 16:48
@user21364: Maybe set up a gmail/google account specifically for this purpose? I can't imagine anyone being happy about giving out details of a "personal" account? – w3dk Jan 11 '13 at 23:36
@w3d Thanks. Yes, next time will set up specific gmail to avoid having to explain to owner how to set up GWT and add me as user. – user21364 Jan 13 '13 at 16:11
Just to note... the developer/owner is only unremovable if the client was added as a "delegated" user from the developers account. If the client is added as another owner (ie. you go through the process of verification on the clients account) then you have 2 owners. Any "owner" can unverify any other owner. – w3dk Feb 12 '13 at 20:24

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