Yandex Remove WHOIS Email From Access Right Verification Docs

In a small change made to Yandex’s Webmaster Help documentation, they have removed the previously supported (although not recommended) verification method of verifying site rights.

If this is a method that you’ve previously used, you may find verification issues in the coming days and will need to update to verifying through one of the following methods:

  • Meta tag on the home page
  • HTML file in the root directory
  • TXT record in the DNS

On a lighter note, Yandex have also renamed this document “Access rights”, previously “Permissions”.


Dan Taylor
Dan Taylor is an experienced SEO consultant and has worked with brands and companies on optimizing for Russia (and Yandex) for a number of years. Winner of the inaugural 2018 TechSEO Boost competition, webmaster at and Sloth.Cloud, and founder of