Why won't Google Webmaster Verify my site?

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I need help getting Google Webmaster to Verify my domain name through Yola. I did read the tutorial, but Google Webmaster still cannot Verify my site.
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Christina Szeman

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Hi there Christina,
I am sorry you are having this problem.

I checked your domain and gimmesomespam.com does not seem to be functioning correctly - (it is not pointing at Yola's IP address). Your Google webmaster will not work if your site hasn't been published correctly and your subdomain does not seem to be re-directing to your custom domain see http://gimmesomespam.yolasite.com

How did you set it up your domain with your Yola site?

We have a tutorial outlining the steps to configuring your domain, giving two popular domain name registrars as examples: Using a Domain Name not purchased through Yola.

There are also instructions on how to use ZoneEdit if your domain name registrar does not provide you with domain name management. However, most domain name registrars can assist you with an A record, in which case you would not need to use a third party service like ZoneEdit.

These are general instructions on how to configure your domain to point to Yola. If you require specific help with the interface of your domain name registrar, please contact them for support.

How to configure a domain name you already own:

1. Log in to your chosen domain registrar (eg. GoDaddy.com, Register.com).
2. Go to the DNS Management page.
3. Set up an A Record.
4. The IP address of your record must point to: "208.75.208.172"

If you would like your domain to work correctly with the "www" prefix you need to make sure that your DNS settings are configured correctly to support the "www" prefix. For this you need to set up two A-records; one with the hostname "@" and one with the hostname "www". Both should point to our IP address: 208.75.208.172. If you require assistance with this, please contact your domain registrar.

Please note that it can take up to 48 hours (although usually less) for these changes to take effect and you need to contact your domain registrar if you need help in that regard. Feel free to forward any instructions you receive from them to us so that we can advise you further.

Once you have configured your DNS settings, click the yellow "Publish My Site" button in Yola, then click on "I already own a domain name". Fill in your domain name and follow the prompts to publish your site. (If your site is already published, click the drop down arrow next to the "Update my Site" button, and then select "publishing settings" and you will see an option to add a domain you already own.)

You should then be able to register your domain with Google Webmaster.

Please let me know if you need any more assistance with this.