"Verification failed. Your meta tag is incorrect."

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I've been waiting anxiously for Google to recrawl my site to pick up all the new pages I've added over the last few weeks. I just discovered that my site was crawled a week ago, on the 9th of November, and Googlebot only picked up "my old" 75 pages. I have added more than double that since the last crawl. Yikes...Google is seeing less than half my site!!

I had a look at my site map (the one that Yola generates) and every thing is in order and up to date. I then went over to my Webmaster account and found that none of my sites are verified anymore, and when I try and verify them I get the error: "Verification failed. Your meta tag is incorrect."

I checked the meta tags I have on some of my sites and they all now differ from the ones that Google wants me to use. What do I do now? Do I change all the meta tags on all my sites to the new ones and try reverify?

My other problem is that I have my meta tags on all the pages on my sites (not only the index Page). If I change the one on the index page, how does it work if I have the "incorrect" one on all the other pages??
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Hey B sorry to see you so down Buddy... To save you a little heart ache Google says to insert the code on only your "Home Page" which is of course your index. As far as I know from cross checking my anaytics in the past Google only crawls the index looking for the meta tag... ;)
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Boomer I had that happen on all my sites.....I think this is on the Google side of things as in my case they generated new meta tags for each of my sites....Maybe it is the same for you?
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It's a goverment conspiracy I tell ya John... ;)
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You may be right......I think we all had this problem though ....I talked to support when this happened to my sites and I ended up just using the new tags....All is well now
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Because my page layout is the same on most of my pages I use the "save page as" feature a lot, therefore the "old" tags are on all of my pages :(

I'll have to go through every page on all the sites to delete the old tags.
I don't trust just changing the index page to the new tag and leaving the old tags on the other pages.

I forgot to mention, I tested 3 different sites in 3 different Google Webmaster accounts and they are all reporting the same problem.
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I just changed to the new tag on my home page and it carried over to all pages.
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My site un verified itself a couple of weeks ago - dont know why - to fix it i only changed the home page meta code and all was well.

Luckily i check my webmasters every day - its like a game to me SEO. I always love especially to check my 'top search queries' results.

A good 1 this week is... I mis spelt 'carvery' in 1 of my blog posts, i'm now 11th in the world for the word cavery :)

Also another thing ive noticed is that a resubmit of a sitemap will often change your indexed pages, although i dont think its good practice to resubmit everyday - or perhaps its only bad if the site map is the same? who knows.

Lee.
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I just changed to the new tag on one of my index pages and ... presto!
The whole site updated to the new tag and Webmaster verified the site.
Thanks guys, and thanks for pointing that out, John.

Now, I'm going to change one of my keywords from "accommodation" to "accomodation", or maybe I should use "cavery", who knows, I could be 12th, Lee :)
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Great thread guys! I was glad to hear you were all able to get your sites re-verified and everything is back in order. Yes, it looks like Google did change their meta tag so it needed to be regenerated and the new one put into your site.

Boomer, I'm sorry you had to go through all of your pages to remove it, must have taken some time.

Emmy
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No, I didn't Emmy. I just did the index page and it updated the whole site.
Thanks to John for pointing it out, else I would have saved that job for a rainy day.
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And to think I pointed that out even after more of your Dead Tree Abuse!
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You know John, I couldn't find that thread where you reported the same problem, that's why I started my own. I knew you guys had been through it and would help.
You just bought yourself a week of no Dead Tree Abuse... Love you man ;)
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I think maybe it is a good thing we live half a world away from each other...My humor is pretty bad also and the two of us hanging out in public together would surely get us both in some sort of trouble.
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Note: The metatag is for verification purposes only and Google only "looks" at your index page to find this tag. So even if you had the wrong code on the other pages it would not matter. It is only for tracking code (such as Google Analytics) that you need to ensure that it is implemented correctly on each page.

I am glad that everything is in working order for you, but I just wanted to clarify this point for the record.
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Yes, thanks for clarifying Monique. I'm sure other users who come across this problem will find this thread interesting in the future.
Just a thought, why not remove the option of entering the meta tag on all the other pages in the site builder?
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Another problem I have experienced is that sometimes the tag is not properly "parsed" because there is a space between the end declaration and the last character, which happens to be the quotation mark: (e.g. [arrow here]meta name="google-site-verification" content="[code]" /[arrow here]) Simply eliminate that space before you update the template and the problem is solved!