SEO Experiment – Google Docs

Posted: March 3, 2012 in pagerank, SEO
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I love Google Docs! It’s a handy online way to store and collaborate documents online.

I have been using it for ages but it seems to be getting even better. Much more features (especially with spreadsheets) and a sleeker interface.

I have only managed to use up 51% of my 1 gig free cloud hosting, but will no doubt upgrade when the time comes as the prices are very good.

One thing I have had in the back of my mind for a while now is leveraging Google Docs for SEO. Surely any public documents that link back to a website would be a great advantage to a business? Google Docs has a PageRank of 8!

So the experiment I am conducting is to monitor how Google webmaster tools treats documents stored in Google Docs.

I created a document for one of my current SEO clients. The private link can be found here.

Next Step, convert it to a PDF and upload it back to Google Docs. It is now public with the title Custom Timber Furniture Melbourne.

I hope to do an updated post in the future with results.

  1. Steve says:

    What are the results???

  2. David Webb says:

    I was curious about this too and found your blog post. I did an advanced search and your pdf does actually show up in the Google search results

    However when you view the source of the public doc there doesn’t appear to be any content of yours showing up in the code so I don’t think this will have any benefit to SEO.

    Thanks for the experiment.

  3. jezhug says:

    Thanks for the Feedback David. While I think it will have no bearing on search engine placements, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the Google Docs “8” pagerank is passed on with the next pagerank update.

    Worth a try. It is quite hard to get a quality link from any sites in the upper end of the scale these days. Especially since the Panda update 😉

  4. uzma says:


  5. jezhug says:

    It most certainly does uzma. I have a long list of clients who pay me regularly to increase their positions in the search engines. While the results vary from keyword to keyword, most companies see the value and realize that SEO is a long-term investment.

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