While more than one person can verify the same website URL (verification), Google Merchant Center requires that only one account should hold the right to upload product data for this URL (claiming). This article describes some of the reasons why you may be unable to claim your website URL and how you may lose an existing claim. You can also view a complete list of available ownership verification methods, as well as common verification errors. Learn more about the verify and claim process
Reasons you may be unable to claim your website URL
1. You have not verified your website
- You can only claim a website URL for your Merchant Center account after you’ve verified the URL. Make sure you've verified your website URL.
- Only the user who has verified a website for a particular Merchant Center account can claim it. If your Merchant Center account has multiple users, only the user who has verified a site will be able to complete the claim on it.
2. Your URL has been claimed at a higher level
- If you’re seeing an error that your URL has been claimed at a higher level, another Merchant Center account has a claim that is taking precedence over yours. For example, you will not be able to claim the URL http://shop.example.com if another Merchant Center account has already claimed the URL http://example.com. This claim is at a higher level in the domain path, preventing you from claiming a URL that’s part of the same domain. Note that if you have claimed the website with www (http://www.example.com) and the sub-account does not have www (http://shop.example.com), the URLs will not be considered in conflict and a sub-account would be needed to raise a separate claim.
- To resolve this issue, you can enter and verify your website URL at a higher level in the domain path.
If you claim your website URL at a higher level, this might cause other Merchant Center accounts to lose their existing claims and their ability to upload product data. You will be asked to confirm your claim, if the claim affects other accounts.
Reasons you may lose an existing claim on your website URL
1. You have changed your website URL
If you enter a new website URL in the website section of your Merchant Center account, you will lose the claim for your previously verified and claimed website URL.
2. You have lost the verification for your website URL
If you lose the verified status for your website, you'll also lose your website claim. You can lose your website verification, for example, if you remove the identifying meta tag or HTML file from your site. If you've lost your "verified" status, you will need to verify and claim your website URL again.
3. Another account has claimed a conflicting website URL
- If another verified owner claims the same website URL, or a URL at a higher level, you'll be notified by email that your claim has been lost.
- If the other account claimed the same website, you will be able to claim your website back, invalidating the other account's claim. If this happens, you can make sure the other account loses its verification. Once this is done, it will no longer be able to claim your website URL.
- If the other account claimed a website at a higher level, you might be able to reclaim it.