Google sites removes the dot in the verification
meta-tag of the Bing Webmaster Tools. Luckily, there is a workaround.
When registering your Google Sites site in Microsoft Bing Webmaster Tools, you get 3 options to proof your ownership of the site.
The easiest way is to choose for option 2 with the
The meta tag is similar to this:
<meta name="msvalidate.01" content="xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" />
Bing asks you to add the
<meta>-tag to the
<head> section of your website.
In your Google Sites site, go to the site settings (
Manage Site) and click
General on the left column. One of the settings is
Google Webmaster Tools.
Copy paste the
<meta>-tag above to the
Google Webmaster Tools setting.
When you click
Save, and inspect the source of your Google Sites site, you will find the
<meta>-tag, but for some reason, the name is changed from
msvalidate01 (without the dot). Consequently, Bing Webmaster Tools tells that the
meta-tag is missing, and they could net verify your ownership of the site.
A workaround for this problem is to use
msvalidate-01 (with a hyphen) instead of
The hyphen is correctly displayed in the source of the website, and Bing Webmaster Tools succesfully validates your ownership of the site.