Google 404 error confusion

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    Nermal

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    Hi everyone,

    I've just added my site to Google Webmaster Tools and I need to verify it in order to continue. When I select the HTML verification method, I get the following error:

    I'm at a bit of a loss, as I don't know why that's a problem :confused:

    Is anyone able to explain this message to me?

    Thanks :)
     
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    angelwatt

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    Did you create a file that looks like "googleRandomhashhere.html" and place it in your root web directory? It should have told you the file name to use for this file. Also remember to upload it to the server.
     
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    Nermal

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    I found that page too but couldn't glean anything useful from it. I ended up using the meta tag in the meantime which let me add the site, but at some point our CMS is going to remove the meta tag and then Google will lose the verification next time it crawls the site.

    I just wonder why "your 404 page is returning 404" is even an error. That doesn't make much sense to me!
     

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