Nov 12 2007

Currents’ current technical maintenance

Published by at 6:58 am under Uncategorized

Loyal readers of Currents may be wondering why I have a page marked googlea78e7c7a05aeb6e9.html along my header image. It’s not a secret message to all of my space alien friends to begin interplanetary operations.

WordPress is a great publishing platform, but it is not immune to the moody eccentricities of Google, the biggest search engine on planet Earth (also known as ET target Wolf 357). This page will remain for at least a few days to allow Google to verify that my blog does indeed exist. Without it, Currents is pretty much invisible to searches; sort of like Limbo for blogs. Hopefully, at the end of that period, I’ll be able to hide the page from site forevermore.

We will now return you to your regularly scheduled commentary. Cheers!

UPDATE: As a workaround, the googlea78e7c7a05aeb6e9.html page has been deleted and a file-sharing widget has been inserted at the bottom of my sidebar with an empty MS Word file by the same name. No idea whether this will actually work. Any and all technical advice from is welcome at this point.

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Currents’ current technical maintenance”

  1. on 12 Nov 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Hey Jonathon,

    try putting the google code in your meta tags instead, that way your readers won’t read see it.

  2. on 12 Nov 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Sounds great! But, um… how do I do that? I thought the Meta Tag workaround doesn’t work with WordPress. Back to the drawing board, I guess.

  3. on 14 Nov 2007 at 3:57 pm

    oops. sorry, been a while since i’ve played with wp.com forget the no meta tags use.

    you might want to check out this page with hacks to get wordpress.com blogs google verified

    http://jalaj.net/2007/05/21/get-your-wordpresscom-blog-google-verified/

    also there a few suggestions in the comments on alternate methods.

    Or you could just get your own domain and use the free wordpress.org on it and just add meta tags there.

  4. on 14 Nov 2007 at 8:31 pm

    Pete, thanks for the info! I’ll have to figure out this week whether to go back to my own domain. The whole point of using wordpress.com was so I didn’t have to be too tech-y (since I’m not planning on monetizing this site anyway), but perhaps it’s worth the tradeoff of my time…

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