Publish your Google doc? Beware of indexing

Mon 21 September 2009 09:00, Editors

Publish your Google doc? Beware of indexing

Google docs is a very handy tool. Working together on documents has never been more easy. But Google first of all is a search engine. That's why it shouldn't come as a surprise that Google is planning to start indexing publicly published Google Docs.

Google last Thursday announced that it will make a couple of changes in about two weeks. Google will be crawling and indexing docs which are linked to from a public website.


This doesn't mean that every page you have ever made and linked to will be indexed. Google explicitly says "his only applies to docs which you explicitly publish using the 'Publish as web page' or 'Publish/embed' option, and which are linked to from a publicly crawled webpage".

If you don't want your pages to be indexed you should unpublish them as soon as you can. And you better hurry because Google is not waiting for you: within two weeks they will start crawling (so much for going on a 3-week holiday…).

Indexing the files can be another interesting tool for search marketers. You might have yet another way to rank in the results. Lots of questions still have to be answered though. For example, will links in Google docs be followed or not? Will a doc get a pagerank? Are just a couple of questions which arise.

But first, try to find your published docs. That will be difficult enough, because Google won't tell you which one is published and which one isn't.


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