Today my live chat on my site rang with a visitor who was having issues with Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools).
He sent me this photo:
Turns out he was trying to add his social media profiles like twitter and linkedin as properties in Google Search Console which is not possible.
This site visitor was from India so there was a bit of a language gap but here is what I told him:
You will only be able to add a property to Webmaster Tools that you have control over the hosting for. So sites like linkedin and twitter you won’t be able to verify therefor you will not be able to add the to google webmaster tools.
have you seen: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35179?hl=en ?
Verification is done through your existing already connected google analytics account OR by adding a file or some code to the hosting server… which you are unable to do with linkedin and twitter for instance. So you’ll need to either have Google Analytics setup properly already or you’ll need to verify any site you want in there by placing a file on the hosting or a meta tag in the head.
He thanked me for pointing that out for him and our conversation was over. I thought I would post a quick blog in case others were having this same issue when trying to add sites they do not have control of hosting or backend access for verifying with Google Search Console.