Verify your domain with third-party services

Third-party services like Pinterest, Google Webmasters, and Zoho require you to verify your domain. This makes sure that you are the correct owner of your Shopify store before they provide their services to you.

Verify using a meta tag

To verify your domain using a meta tag:

  1. On the third-party site, choose to verify your site using a meta tag verification method. For example, for Google Webmasters, you'd click the HTML tag option button on the Alternate methods tab:

    Google Webmaster console with HTML tag option selected
  2. Highlight the full meta tag on the third-party site and copy it to your clipboard with cmd + c on a Mac or ctrl + c on a PC. Make sure you select everything, including the < and >. For example:

    <meta name="google-site-verification" content="IV7BPLESttSpBdxSWN1s4zlr4HIcuHkGQYmE3wLG59w" />
    

  1. Find the theme you want to edit, and then click Actions > Edit code.

  2. In the Layout section, click theme.liquid to open the file in the online code editor.

  3. Paste the meta tag that you copied on a blank line directly below the opening <head> tag:

    The meta tag pasted below the opening HTML head tag
  4. Click Save.

  5. Complete the verification steps on the third-party site.

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Verify using a file upload

  1. Follow the instructions to download a file to verify your site with. This is usually an HTML or XML file, depending on the service.

  2. In a new tab, open your Shopify admin.

  3. From your Shopify admin, go to the Settings > Files page.

  4. Click Upload files.

  5. Choose the file that you downloaded in step 1. For example, with Pinterest you should have a HTML verification file, similar to pinterest-b578a.html. Click Open.

  6. After the file has uploaded, click its URL in the URL column. Copy it to your clipboard with cmd + c on a Mac or ctrl + c on a PC:

    An uploaded file in the Files page of the admin

  1. At the top of the Navigation page, click URL Redirects:

    The URL Redirects link at the top of the Navigation page in the admin
  2. Click Add a URL redirect:

    The Add URL redirect button
  3. In the text field Redirects to, paste the URL you copied in step 6:

    The Add URL redirect window, showing the Redirects to text field with the pasted URL from step 6
  4. In the text field for Old path, add the original file name of the HTML/XML file. For example, with Pinterest, the original file name was: pinterest-b578a.html. Include a / before the filename.

    The Add URL redirect window, with the Old path frield highlighted
  5. Click Save URL redirect.

  6. Go back to the third-party site and continue the verification process.

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