Search Engine Verify WordPress Plugin

I’ve just released another plugin. This one enables you to easily add those meta tags you get from Google, Bing and Yahoo webmaster pages that verify you are the owner of a website.

The three meta tags the plugin adds to your home page are;

<meta name="google-site-verification" content="******" />
<meta name="msvalidate.01" content="******" />
<meta name="y_key" content="******" />

Naturally you get to specify the content values. You get those from the webmaster area of each search engine;


When you activate the plugin, under your blog Settings menu you’ll see an extra menu item called  PC Search Engine Verify. Click on that for the plugin options page where you can enter the information you’ve got from the webmaster tools for your domain.

Once you provide a content value for a specific search engine, the meta tag will be displayed in the head section of your home page. If there’s no content value, the meta tag for that search engine isn’t displayed.

The plugin has been added to the official wordpress plugin repository, which is where you should download it from to make sure you get any updates ..etc. You can get it from here;

Let me know how it works for you…


  1. Thank you! Much easier and faster than editing the header.php file, especially if you change themes often!

    I had a little trouble finding where to enter the codes. WP 2.8.4 doesn’t have an “Options” area now, and I didn’t see at first that installing it adds an entry in the “Settings” menu.

    I will be adding this to client sites, too.


  2. @TJ – thanks for the comment, and glad you like it. I will update the documentation to make it clearer how to add the codes.

  3. Works a treat and made my life a hell of a lot easier, especially with multiple sites.

    Thanks again.

  4. @Alex – thanks for trying it and letting me know!

  5. Google doesn’t seem to be recognising my meta-tag

  6. Ok, sorted it – I went in and edited the plug-in – changed meta name content titlt to “google-site-verification” from “verify-v1″ and it seems to have picked it up.

  7. @Hugh, thanks for the heads up – Google have just changed the meta tag name for their verification. I’ve updated this post and the plugin with the new name.. you should get automatic notification shortly..

  8. Brilliant, thanks for that. Just had to re-verify one of my blogs and it’s always been a pain trying to use the upload file method, as my URL naming structure doesn’t map what google expects. Being able to specify the meta tag like this makes thing much easier. Thanks!!

  9. Yeah, hurray, it worked! I have tried to do this unsuccessfully for weeks. I’m a non-geek, and I just moved my blog from blogger to my own domain, so this is one more frustration in the learning curve that I no longer have to deal with.

    Thank you so much.

  10. I added this to my blog. I had NO idea about Bing and Yahoo Verification.

    Thank you for creating this!

    Have a DYNAMITE day!

  11. Installed on my blog
    Easy and doing the job perfect.
    Thank you. :)
    Amit Cohen