Verify my SmugMug site ownership for third-party tools

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Some third-party sites and tools ask you to verify your SmugMug site ownership, such as Pinterest and Google Webmaster Tools. They ask you to copy a snippet of code they provide, paste it into your site, then go back to their service to complete verification.

We’ve made this easy to do on your SmugMug site.

Make sure you’re logged in to your SmugMug account, then go to Account Settings > Discovery > Search and scroll down until you see the Verify Site Ownership section.

Currently we support Pinterest and Google Webmaster Tools verification, so select one of these choices from the service drop-down menu and paste in the verification code you received from Pinterest or Google Webmaster Tools.

Click Save and Exit once you’re finished, then return to the third-party site to complete your verification.

To further help you get set up, we’ve included how-tos for verifying Pinterest and Google Webmaster Tools below.


Verifying your SmugMug site on Pinterest lets everyone know you own your site. If you have a business, you also get access to analytics from Pinterest. (Sign up for a Pinterest account if you don’t already have one.)

  1. On your Pinterest page, click your username to view your profile.
  2. Click Edit Profile. 
  3. Select Claimed accounts from the left-hand menu, then select Claim next to Websites.
  4. Copy the meta tag code in the Add HTML tag field. (Click the text field to copy it.)
  5. In a different browser tab or window, make sure you’re logged in to your SmugMug site and go to Account Settings  Discovery Search and scroll down until you see the Verify Site Ownership section. Select Pinterest from the drop-down menu and in the field that appears, paste the code you copied above. (Click inside the text field and use Ctrl/Cmd-V to paste it.)

  6. Click Save on your SmugMug site.
  7. After the tag has been added to your site, go back to Pinterest and select Continue. Enter your SmugMug URL (not your custom URL) and click Verify.

Note: You might see an error message from Pinterest after clicking Verify. This is an issue on Pinterest's side, but if you reload the page and try completing verification again, you should see a message that states your site is already verified. So verification works even if Pinterest tries to tell you otherwise. You can confirm this by saving your Pinterest account settings and looking for the green checkmark by your website.

Check out Pinterest’s FAQ for more information about errors with Pinterest verification.

Google Search Console.

Get data, tools, and diagnostics for a healthy, Google-friendly site by adding Google Search Console verification to your site. (Sign up for a Google Search Console account if you don't already have one.)

  1. On the Search Console homepage, enter your SmugMug URL (not your custom URL) in the URL prefix section and click continue.

  2. If HTML tag is not visible on the Recommended verification method section, check the Alternate verification methods section.
  3. Click HTML tag.
  4. Copy the meta tag.

  5. Paste the meta tag in your SmugMug Account Settings > Discovery > Search page under the Verify Site Ownership section. Make sure Google Search Console is selected in the drop-down menu.
  6. Click Save.
  7. After the tag has been added to your SmugMug site, wait a bit for the servers to refresh and then click the Verify option back on your Google Search Console page.

If you've already verified your site.

  1. Click on the URL in the list on the Google Search Console homepage.
  2. Click Settings on the Google Webmaster Tools page, then click Ownership verification.
  3. Select HTML tag and then follow the steps above to verify your site on SmugMug.

Check out Google's FAQ for information about errors with Google Search Console.

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