Ok, so I have site abc.com that I've moved over to xyz.com
All my redirects are working fine and the last step of the move is to file a 'Change of Address' in Google Webmaster Tools.
The problem I'm having:
Google requires that all redirects be working from the old site to the new site
They also require that the old site is verified, however, it can't be verified simultaneously through almost all available methods when everything is being redirected.
For example, the meta google tag is present on the old site, but Google can't see it, because that page is getting redirected. Ditto for my google analytics, html file upload etc. I even added an exception to my redirect rules to not redirect the one google .html file, but then the 'redirection' check failed and still couldn't do the change of address.
This leaves only one option, namely, adding the TXT record to the DNS. My question, how are these options available when it's not possible to complete them and the redirection simultaneously? Am I just missing something? Can someone let me know? Thanks