I'm trying to get annotations from my company's YouTube channel to link to our Marketo landing pages (pages.company.com), but I'm having trouble verifying our ownership of those pages to YouTube. I believe the source of my troubles is that I can't verify ownership of pages.company.com, because that URL redirects to our fallback page (www.company.com).
Here are the different verification methods (Choose a verification method - Search Console Help)
Has anyone successfully linked/verified their Marketo landing pages to YouTube? How did you do it?
I was under the impression that the page HTML verification would be pages.company.com/URL_OF PAGE.html which youtube might provide.
Did you try creating a page and then adding that HTML to the page? I believe that should work.
No reason domain name provider wouldn't also work for Marketo LPs, because you are using pages.company.com and you control company.com's DNS.
you'd have to ask IT to do this for you unless you happened to have access to the DNS records.
Yep, but I think that may be the move here -- the other verification methods indeed do not like it when the root redirects.
** As Sanford Whiteman points out below this reply, if you have access to your DNS Zone you can add a temporary CNAME in order to verify the domain.
However, if you do not have direct access to your DNS Zone (and do not want to involve another department, or wait for the changes to propogate), the method below works just as well.
If you have yet to add the Marketo Instance URL to search console, do so.
The Rules of DNS prevent both records from being used at the same time. When you add a CNAME to the DNS, no other data can be present (thus a TXT for verification would be ignored).
The Webmaster Tools CNAME verification (not TXT verification) gives you a unique hostname <unique-code-1>.<Marketo LP domain> for which you create a CNAME pointing to <unique-code-2>.dv.googlehosted.com
If you have access to your DNS zone this method works fine.