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Google’s Help Documents Aren’t Always Up To Date



Google's Help Documents Aren't Always Up To Date

Google admits its help documents aren’t always up to date and says it’s worthwhile doing your own research on recommended best practices.

This topic is discussed during the latest episode of Google’s SEO & Devs web series on YouTube, which is all about whether official help documents can be trusted.

Martin Splitt of Google’s Developer Relations team, and Michael King, founder and managing director of iPullRank, get together to talk about how Google’s documentation can lead developers to not trust SEO professionals.

SEOs provide recommendations to developers based on the information in Google’s official documents.

Google aims to keep those documents accurate and trustworthy, but the information sometimes lags behind what’s actually working in SEO, and what’s no longer relevant.

A specific example they addressed is a situation that came up in 2019, when Google revealed it stopped supporting rel=”next” Und rel=”prev” years before telling the search community.

That meant SEOs were telling developers to use pieces of code that were no longer relevant to Google Search.

Rather than making an official announcement about it, Google simply removed the documentation related to rel=”next” and rel=”prev”.

It wasn’t until Google’s Search Advocate John Mueller received a question about it on Twitter that anyone from the company told the search community about this change.

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Some SEO professionals and developers may have come to that conclusion on their own after noticing Google understood pagination just fine without the use of rel=”next” and rel=”prev”.

That’s one example where doing your own research could help you learn how Google Search works, rather than relying solely on official documentation.

Splitt shares background information about this situation, and the difficult choices Google had to make when it came to communicating the changes to the search community.

Why Aren’t Google’s Help Documents Always Up To Date?

Google Search changes quickly, so Splitt cautions against looking at the company’s documentation as the single source of truth.

Regarding the rel=”next” and rel=”prev” situation, Splitt says:

“The docs are not always in phase. We’re doing our best to work with the teams and help them to keep their documentation updated, but it does every now and then happen in this case like a bunch of engineers in search quality figured out — ‘hey, hold on, we actually don’t really need the rel-next and rel-prev links anymore to figure out that there’s like a pagination going on. We can figure that out from other things on the page by themselves.’”

When it was discovered the code was no longer needed, Google’s engineers removed support for it.

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Splitt explains the decision making process behind communicating this change to SEOs and developers.

“… What do you do? Do you either update the docs to just quietly remove that part because it no longer is relevant?

Or do you go like ‘Hey, by the way, this is no longer necessary. And truthfully speaking it hasn’t been necessary in the last six months.’

Knowing very well that people are reading the documentation, making recommendations based on it to other people, and then these people then invest work and time and money into making that happen.”

Splitt goes on to say the choice was either to remove the documentation and come clean about rel=”next” and rel=”prev” being obsolete, or keep the documents up knowing the code wasn’t necessary anymore.

“And the alternative would be to let it live there in the documentation, even though it’s wrong it doesn’t hurt.

So we went with the full frontal way of going like — ‘Okay, here’s the thing. This has been removed a while ago and we’re sorry about that, but now our docs are updated.’

And I think none of the choices are easy or necessarily perfectly good, but it’s just what happens. So I think we’re trying to keep the docs updated as much as possible.”

So there’s the story behind rel=”next” and rel=”prev” and why Google handled the situation the way it did.

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The key takeaway from this story is to always be testing and doing your own research.

Figuring out what works on your own may be more reliable than Google’s help documents.

If you believe something isn’t necessary, even though Google recommends it, your instincts may be correct.

See the full video below:

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Event Link Building: A Beginner’s Guide



Event Link Building: A Beginner’s Guide

When it comes to acquiring high-quality backlinks, SEOs are always looking for new and innovative ways to land killer links that their competitors can’t easily replicate. Event link building is a unique way to do exactly that.

Building event links is relatively easy. But it can be difficult for beginners, as it requires an understanding of SEO Und event planning in some cases. In this article, we will look at event link building and how to get started in six easy steps.

What is event link building?

Event link building is all about getting links to your website by participating in local, national, or global events. These links can be obtained in two ways, either by hosting an event or sponsoring one.

As an event host, you can obtain links from third-party event sites like Eventbrite, blogs, and press. These sites are designed to feature both in-person and online global events like conferences and seminars.

Event listing site

By sponsoring events, you can earn a link to your website from the event site itself. 

Event sponsorship featuring Ahrefs
Example of brightonSEO’s “sponsors” page featuring Ahrefs.

Not only are event links earned, making them “Google-approved,” but they are also highly relevant (topically but also geographically if you’re the event host).

Benefits of event link building

Building event links is a powerful strategy for improving search engine rankings, diversifying your backlink profile, and promoting brand awareness.

Event link building allows you to build super high-quality links from not only the biggest names in your industry but also editorial links from local and national press. 

This will improve your website’s perceived authority (with both competitors and Google). Also, event links offer diversity more than traditional link building techniques like guest blogging.

You can also boost your local SEO game by hosting or sponsoring geographically relevant events. Acquiring links from local companies, venues, and press can significantly improve your rankings for local queries.

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How to find good events to sponsor

Hosting an event is one of the best link building strategies. However, it takes a lot of preparation, planning, time and, of course, money.

A much easier (but just as powerful) way to build event links is through event sponsorships.

Sponsoring different types of events depends on your industry. The following are some examples of events that may work for you:

  • Concerts
  • Associations or clubs
  • Event meetups
  • Conferences
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Training seminars
  • Sporting events
  • Various academic events and lectures

Of course, to get started, you will need to both find and vet potential events to see if they are worth investing your time and money into. There are two things you can do to find great events to sponsor.

First, you can start by focusing on industry-specific events. There’s no doubt you are already familiar with several of the most popular events in your industry. Some good examples for our industry are brightonSEO and SaaStr. 

Most events will have a page dedicated to sponsors where you can register to sponsor an upcoming event. Here’s an example from the Engage conference (formally SearchFest).

Page with CTA to attract potential sponsors

As you most likely already have an understanding of the quality and expected attendance of these events, it cuts down on the time needed to find and vet them. 

However, do note that sticking only to popular events in your industry will limit the number of high-quality event links you can acquire for your website.

So you’ll want to start looking to sponsor events that may be outside the scope of your industry. These may fall into some of the categories listed above (such as concerts or sporting events) that are happening locally. 

The easiest way to find these is to use Google with search operators. For example, to find different events happening in your area, you can use (events AND football club) Newcastle Upon Tyne.

With Ahrefs’ SEO Toolbar, you can see metrics for each resulting website right in Google search, including the Domain Rating, referring domains, and organic traffic. This can help you to quickly vet potential websites and see which are worth looking into further.

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Using search operator and Ahrefs' SEO Toolbar to search and vet events

Remember, the goal is to build links from quality events. Don’t look to sponsor just anything and everything. A popular event will have more people linking to it, increasing link equity. Look for events that are already popular with:

  • The media.
  • Influencers and bloggers.
  • Your target audiences/customers.
  • Other industry leaders.

One quick pro tip: be sure to add a “sponsored events” page to your own website. 

This should list the events you sponsor. Do include a section below informing visitors of the types of events you are willing to sponsor and contact details for event organizers looking for sponsorship.

List of events UniSuper sponsors
Example of a sponsorship page from UniSuper.

This is a great way to bring you relevant events and save time researching further events. 

How to build links to your events

Although sponsoring events takes the hassle out of planning and running an event, hosting events is a great way to get your name out in your industry. 

It builds brand awareness (and links) and can also help relay your values and mission to your audience. For example, by hosting local charity events, you can show that your company is philanthropic and cares about the community. 

You don’t have to be a huge brand with unlimited funding to host events. Even small businesses and “solopreneurs” can host small local events to earn awesome links from local companies and the press. 

Here are some tips on how you can go the extra mile to promote your events to ensure they acquire as many high-quality links as possible.

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1. List events on your website

Create an events page on your website dedicated to any upcoming events you are hosting.

Be sure to list all the events with all the relevant information, including who or where to get in touch for tickets. Getting the searcher to register is the next step after getting the initial click from the SERP. 

Your event page should include the following key details:

  • Title of the event
  • Description of the topics covered
  • Venue of the event
  • Full event schedule
  • List of prominent figures such as speakers for conferences or judges for competitions
  • Provide attendees with a compelling reason to attend
  • Proof from social media
  • Effective call to action

2. Implement event schema on all listings

When searching for “events near me,” Google search will display the relevant results. Some rich results in the SERPs show relevant information, including the event’s location, date, and time. 

Events schema

By adding code to your event page, you can organize your webpage content and add specific details about your event using Google’s event structured data markup

Not only does implementing event schema allow your events to be eligible for display on Google’s event experience, but it also increases the chance of your event being discovered.

In fact, Google states that through event structured data, “Eventbrite saw a 100% increase in the typical year-over-year growth of traffic from Google Search.”

Google events experience
Example of Google’s event experience.

Your events page should include an event schedule that can be shown in Google’s event experience to drive registration.

There are a number of ways to implement structured data. If you’re using WordPress as your CMS, the Event Schema WordPress plugin is the quickest and easiest way to add event schema to your site.

If you’re not using WordPress, you can also use Google’s Data Highlighter to mark up your pages.

3. Add listings to third-party event sites

Most event organizers only list their events on bigger platforms like Eventbrite. Needless to say, this is not the only event website out there. 

Sites like,,, and more all host event listings.

Note that most third-party sites already have schema built into their listings, so you don’t need to worry about it for these sites.

4. Craft an effective outreach strategy

Once your events are listed and ready to be promoted, you need to develop an effective outreach strategy. 

Find bloggers, websites, and social media influencers who may be interested in your event. 

You can use Ahrefs’ Inhalts-Explorer to find and reach out to websites and authors who are likely to promote your event. 

For example, to identify people writing about SEO events, you can enter something like "SEO" AND ("conferences" OR "events"). Use the “In title” path to only show the most relevant pages.

Finding outreach prospects with Ahrefs' Content Explorer

Toggle between “authors” and “websites” to find relevant people to reach out to.

"Authors" tab in Ahrefs' Content Explorer

Tell people why they should share your event with a concise and clear personalized message. Links to event pages should be descriptive, and you should also explain why their readers will benefit from your event. 

5. Promote your event further

You can take event promotion one step further in several ways. Not only can you utilize digital PR techniques, but you can also use social media to create more brand awareness and drive additional traffic to your event listings. These include:

  • Creating Facebook events.
  • Adding events’ links to your social profiles.
  • Promoting your events through your email list.

All of these methods can successfully build some buzz around your event. 

A teaser campaign is another great method of building buzz. This means adding a secondary event page on your website that can attract more links.

Using a “coming soon” landing page and social media graphics is one of the easiest and most popular ways to start a teaser campaign. Don’t tell too much, but point out the exciting things that will happen during the event. 

Teaser campaign
Example of a teaser landing page from SeedProd.

6. Use paid promotions close to the event

In the days leading up to your event, social media can work wonders to build buzz since many users check their newsfeeds daily. Getting more exposure for your event can be achieved through paid social media posts. 

Although many attendees will #doitforthegram during the event, research from Buffer shows that “there were nearly as many posts leading up to an event as there were during the event itself 40% and 42% of total posts, respectively).”

This means just as many people will be keen to share the buzz around your event before it happens Und when it actually happens. By building anticipation for your event in the days leading up to it, you can promote additional, last-minute ticket sales. 

Buffer study on social engagement before an event

This number can be even higher by boosting organic social media buzz with paid ads and posts, resulting in more likes, shares, retweets, and links.

Abschließende Gedanken

Hosting and sponsoring local, national, and even global events is a relatively easy way to build high-quality backlinks. Plus, by hosting an event, you can build links that your competitors can’t easily replicate. 

However, you must plan and execute your events carefully to build successful connections. By carefully selecting events to host and sponsor, you can build links, promote your brand, company message, and values, and become an authority within your industry. 

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How To Use Search Console Bulk Data Export



How To Use Search Console Bulk Data Export

Google Search Advocate Daniel Waisberg recently presented an in-depth video on bulk data exports, a feature that allows you to export, store, and analyze Search Console data.

This novel solution surpasses capabilities and makes managing enormous data volumes a breeze.

Here’s how.

An Overview of Current Data-Exporting Solutions

Before introducing the bulk data export feature, Waisberg recapped the existing methods to export Search Console data.

The most accessible way is through the user interface. You can directly export up to 1,000 rows of data with a simple click on the export button.

Looker Studio and the API provide solutions for people requiring larger data volumes. Both channels allow you to retrieve performance data, URL inspection data, sitemaps, and site data, with an export limit of up to 50,000 rows.

Introducing Bulk Data Export

The final and most advanced method to export data from Search Console is bulk data export.

This unique feature lets you extract vast amounts of data via Google BigQuery without row limits. This is beneficial for large websites with numerous pages or extensive traffic.

Waisberg states, “A bulk data export is a scheduled daily export of your Search Console performance data. It includes all the data used by Search Console to generate performance reports. Data is exported to Google BigQuery, where you can run SQL queries for advanced data analysis or even export it to another system.”

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Setting Up Bulk Data Export

Given its complexity and power, Bulk Data Export requires existing knowledge of the Google Cloud Platform, BigQuery, and Search Console.

Be aware that leveraging this tool might incur costs, so it’s crucial to consider the potential charges before setting up a new export.

Setting up a bulk data export involves Google Cloud and Search Console.

Step One: Google Cloud

First, switch to the relevant project in Google Cloud and ensure the BigQuery API is enabled.

  1. Open your Google Cloud Console and switch to the project you’re exporting data to.
  2. Navigate to APIs & Services > Enabled APIs & Services, and enable BigQuery API if it isn’t.
  3. Navigate to IAM and Admin, click + GRANT ACCESS, and paste [email protected] in New Principals.
  4. Grant two roles to this account: BigQuery Job User and BigQuery Data Editor, then Save.

Step Two: Search Console

In Search Console, complete the following steps:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Bulk data export.
  2. Input your Google Cloud project ID into the Cloud project ID field.
  3. Choose a dataset name. The default is ‘searchconsole’.
  4. Select a location for your dataset. This can’t be easily changed later.
  5. Click Continue to start the exports. The first export will happen up to 48 hours after successful configuration.
  6. After table creation, set a partition expiration if needed but avoid schema alterations.
  7. For historical data preceding the initial setup, use Search Console API or reports.
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Monitoring & Managing Data Exports

The new data export system has a built-in feature that lets you monitor data exports using BigQuery. For example, you can track exports using an export log table.

Note that data will accumulate indefinitely unless you set an expiration time. The export process will continue until manually deactivated or if Search Console faces issues.

In case of any errors, Search Console will notify all property owners.

In Summe

In conclusion, the bulk data export feature can enhance how you manage large amounts of Search Console data.

Stay tuned for upcoming content from Google that will delve deeper into processing data after setting up export and best practices for extracting data from BigQuery.

Quelle: Youtube

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Optimierung von Nachrichtenseiten mithilfe von Google Search Console-Berichten



Optimierung von Nachrichtenseiten mithilfe von Google Search Console-Berichten

In a new video tutorial, Google Search Advocates Daniel Waisberg and Cherry Prommawin explain how to leverage Google Search Console’s reports for managing and optimizing news websites.

The video provides comprehensive information about using Search Console data to achieve greater success on Google’s platforms.

Performance Report: The Key To Analyzing Search Presence

Waisberg begins by discussing the importance of Search Console Performance Reports, highlighting three key reports: Search, Discover, and News.

Each report offers distinct data sets to review your site’s performance.

“The best way to analyze your search presence is through the Search Console Performance Reports,” Wasiberg explains.

Search Console allows you to view data for the News tab and the main Google Search results. You can filter data to check the performance on various tabs in Google Search, including Web, Image, Video, and News.

Unlocking The Potential Of Data Analysis

Prommawin shares a few techniques for evaluating data from Search Console performance reports.

Notably, if you don’t see critical pages on a performance report, they aren’t receiving traffic from Google Search.

Use the URL Inspection tool to determine whether individual pages are indexed and can be crawled properly.

Further, Prommawin explains how to identify opportunities by analyzing search patterns:

“If you find out that the people searching for sports news always attach your brand name to their queries, it could be a sign that this content brings a loyal audience to your site.”

Another crucial metric in performance reports is the click-through rate (CTR).

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If a page has a high number of impressions but a low number of clicks, it may indicate search snippets aren’t attracting attention.

Improving titles and descriptions can help make the snippets more appealing.

Insights Into Google News & Google Search

The Google News report is separate from the Search Performance report, offering data from and the Google News app on Android and iOS.

This data doesn’t cover information from the News tab in Google Search results.

Despite the difference in data, the types of analyses performed with the Google News report are similar to those executed with the Search Performance report.

Prommawin suggests:

“One interesting analysis is to export both reports’ data and try to compare what is working on Google Search with what is working on Google News.”

Addressing the Variability of Time

Both advocates emphasized the significance of analyzing performance data over various time frames.

A more extended analysis period could highlight a site’s evergreen long-term content and main news categories, while a shorter period might show more information about currently trending news stories.

“Looking at a longer period of time should highlight your site’s more evergreen long-term content and the main news categories of your sites. Looking at a shorter period should show you more information about bigger news stories currently being searched,” Waisberg explained.

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Taking Advantage of the Search Console

The tutorial concludes by urging news organizations to use Search Console, which offers many ways to optimize a site’s presence on Google Search and Google News.

Following the advice shared in the video, news sites can better optimize their performance, attract more traffic, and succeed on Google’s platforms.

Quelle: Youtube

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