I've created a page on read-the-docs that I would like to add in Google inspection for indexing. https://ltb-symm.readthedocs.io/

In URL Inspection Tool explains one way to prove the ownership of the page is to add meta tag in the <head> section of your page

I am using sphinx when compiling .rst files into HTML, so I tried to use

.. raw:: html 
<meta name="google-site-verification" content="***" />

In the .rst file, but after compiling it inserts the tag in the body section not the head section.

What to do that sphinx would insert the tag in the head section?

  • You don't "put pages on Google." You make pages available publicly, link to them from somewhere else, and Googlebot crawls them then decides whether or not they should be indexed. A three week old site is almost never going to get indexed. New sites need 6 months to a year. Commented May 27, 2023 at 10:32
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    As far as Google search console verification goes, you should be able to use the meta tag verification. This site was having problems initially but reported that the got it ot work. support.google.com/webmasters/thread/103508537/… Commented May 27, 2023 at 10:36

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Contrary to what others may say, you can add your ReadTheDocs documentation to Google Search Console even if you don’t own the domain. This can be done via the “URL prefix” method. To accomplish this, you should use the meta tag method with the metadata directive (https://docutils.sourceforge.io/docs/ref/rst/directives.html#meta). Add the following to your ‘root’ index.rst file:

.. meta::
   :google-site-verification: <your code>

Search Console isn't going to let you verify a page, it only verifies domains. And you don't own that domain.

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    It looks like a subdomain to me, you can verify subdomains Commented Jun 2, 2023 at 17:52

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