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Should I submit https:// and http:// in Google Search Console both with and without the www?

UPDATE Sept-2019: Google's recent changes to Google Search Console has made my original answer (below) a bit outdated and in some respects incorrect. You can now submit two different types of ...
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Why does Google recommend the 'HTML file' verification method?

I like the HTML file verification method. I use it myself. There are several reasons to prefer it: It is the oldest verification method. For a long time Google only supported this method. It is ...
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After verify site ownership is it ok to remove html meta tag from index html file?

After verifying site ownership, is it ok to remove the <meta name="google-site-verification"> tag? No. If you want to remove it and remain verified, you'll need to use another form of ...
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Google Analytics verification failure but we're still seeing the data

Yes, it failed verification as a means of verifying site ownership in Google Search Console. This does not mean the GA tracking is not installed and working, just that the current method of ...
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How to verify real people?

How much code do you want to write? One possible way to do this is to have the musician log in to your site with the Facebook account that controls their Facebook page. You can then automatically ...
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How to verify real people?

Are you afraid from bots and spam? Or from people who pretend to be real bands, but are actually garage amateurs? I believe it's the latter - Therefore a requirement of a website/social media page ...
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Linking it to Adwords to Google Search Console + Cannot Verify http:// property

Google Adwords will not allow you to specify a protocol (http or https) when linking a "URL" to an Adwords account. (I quote "URL" because that is the terminology used by Google in ...
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How to claim ownership of a website in Webmaster tools if that website redirects to another site

Try this: RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/mygooglefile.txt$ [NC] RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.com/$1 [R=301,L] Of course you will need to change the file name and the target domain name.
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After moving to a new domain, should I remove the properties for the old domain from Google Search Console?

As a good practice, you should always keep old, new and all variations of both as a property on Google Search Console. But why? this is due to the fact that should a problem arise Google can notify ...
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How to verify real people?

Airbnb solved this issue by using both online and offline indicators. https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/450 However, for your product, this seems a bit excessive but will solve the identity ...
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How to verify real people?

You can ask them to post a photo to their social media profile holding a paper in front of them with your site written on it and the date. This proves they control the social media profile, they are ...
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How to verify a website powered by Google App Engine backend site to Google Webmaster Tools?

Google app engine has documentation for static files. Treat your googleXXXXXXXXXXXX.html verification file as a static file: By default, all files in the WAR are treated as both static files and ...
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Newly verified property is not showing up in Webmaster Google Search Console

While revising this post to add more detail I went through the steps to add a property again. However, this time I googled "Google Webmaster Tools" and then used the link in search (https://www.google....
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How to claim ownership of a website in Webmaster tools if that website redirects to another site

Your best option is probably to verify using DNS. This will work no matter what sort of redirects you have in place. It also doesn't require you to keep up with any special redirect rules. According ...
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Can not verify my website via metatag

I am pretty sure that this happens for one of two reasons: Unlikely, but you submit the site as http://example.com/, but it redirects to HTTPS. Most likely your server blocks some incoming requests (...
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How do I install an SSL certificate on Namecheap when it asks me to "Edit methods" for DNS validation?

Okay, first do what it says: click on Edit methods -> Get record. You need to copy the value of the Host field and go to Domain list -> Select your domain and click Manage -> Advanced DNS -&...
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Why not just use a domain property instead of prefix properties for https, http and www in Google Search Console?

Domain properties can't connect with GA for the moment. To link with GSC with GA just added the URL of your website as property (you just need to add the actual URL of your website). Normally it's ...
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Will reverifying a new owner in Google Search Console cause data loss or ranking problems?

Based on my experience, no impact to the data and ranking result. The new owner's data have the same data as the old owner's data. Nothing is different. Note: I just tried after I read your question....
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For Google Search Console, Will data still be intact when using a different domain verification?

There should be no data loss, but the new domain property may take a while to populate. Note that some integrations do not support domain properties yet. Like linking to Google Analytics. I'd not ...
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How do I add both a base domain and a subdomain to Google Search Console and submit an XML sitemap for each?

The best way is the one you mentioned in point 2. You will have to add two separate properties in your search console http://example.com http://subdomain.example.com The procedure in point 1 is not ...
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Can not verify my website via metatag

If not already done so, try verifying the non-www first and then verifying the www version. www is a subdomain. The non-www version must be verified first. You may also then want to put in a redirect ...
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Multiple Google Webmaster Verification Code on Single Website

Each person that has site ownership, should have their own verification code via Google Search Console. Verified owners can delegate ownership to other persons too, however if the verified ...
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Multiple Google Webmaster Verification Code on Single Website

The Google webmaster verification code for your website & it's subdomains are shared. For example if you verified example.com the same code can and will be used to verify www.example.com
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Showing company name in address bar requires SSL EV certificate, or OV also OK?

Only the EV = Extended Validation certificates give you the green bar. It looks different, though, in each browser, these are just examples: None of the OV / DV give it to you. The OV certificates ...
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After using the HTML file upload verification method, Search Console reports a 404 error that prevents verification

The customer's site is actually available only at example.com/login. Let's make an assumption that Google isn't advanced as we thought it would be. Your link suggests to me that the default page on ...
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Multiple Google Verifications on Same Domain?

Domains support multiple TXT record entries, so adding multiple TXT records to one domain is not a problem for either your domain or Google. However you need to use a different alias, for example: ...
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Deleting property (verification history) on Webmaster Tools

Since you have clearly mentioned that you saw the history after you deleted and added the property again, nothing can be done and you will have to just live with it.
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Unable to verify ownership of property/website In Google Webmaster Tools / Search Console

It isn't hard to see if your DNS TXT records are set up correctly and have propagated yet (it may take a few days). You can use the command line tool dig to see your DNS text records and see if they ...
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How to verify real people?

In my opinion, a good ID verification would be a non invasive and private process (non visible by all). The best way is most probably a verification of a government issued id (sent by post or mail) ...
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How to add DNS txt record in cpanel and what to name it?

There is a lot of important stuff that is missing from this question. One of which is whether your DNS server is the authority for your site. I am making some assumptions here. Assuming that your DNS ...
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