Published docs will be crawlable soon

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Published docs will be crawlable soon Marie 9/17/09 3:50 PM
Hi everyone,

In about two weeks  we will be launching a change for published docs. The change will allow published docs that are linked to from a public website to be crawled and indexed, which means they can appear in search results you see on Google.com and other search engines. 

Please note that this 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. This doesn't apply if it's only set to 'Allow anyone with the link to view (no sign-in required)'.  If you don't want your published docs to be crawled, then you can un-publish them by doing the following:

-Go to the 'Share tab'
-For documents and spreadsheets, choose 'Publish as web page'. For presentations choose 'Publish/embed'
-Click on the button that says 'Stop publishing'

If you're a Google Apps user, and you find you're unable to publish to the world, it could be that the admin of your domain has disallowed publishing outside the domain. Please check with the admin of your domain.  

This is a very exciting change as your published docs linked to from public websites will reach a much wider audience of people. I'll let everyone know when this change is live, and we will add a Help Center article with more information at that time.

Cheers,
Marie
Re: Published docs will be crawlable soon Gill 9/17/09 3:52 PM
Marie - I think this makes it very important that you bring back the indication on the docs listing of those files that are published. Maybe a separate label/folder of published docs/spreadsheets?
Re: Published docs will be crawlable soon ahab 9/18/09 12:49 AM
" If you don't want your published docs to be crawled, then you can un-publish them by doing the following"

This contains a contradiction: if I don't want my published documents to be crawled, I should still be able to keep them published; by un-publishing them they are no longer published documents.
Please don't suggest un-publishing as a solution where there is none!
Re: Published docs will be crawlable soon Gill 9/18/09 9:22 AM
As I understand it published docs are only crawled if they are "linked to from a publicly crawled webpage".

But of course there might be old links in cached versions of those web pages even if you were to remove the link now. I suppose the workaround there is to unpublish, copy the doc and publish the copy, that would have a different URL that is not linked to.
Re: Published docs will be crawlable soon Felicity_BB 9/20/09 11:16 PM
I think that's nice--an additional functionality.  However, it would be good if GoogleDocs also gave individual documents the same functionality as an ordinary webpage to request no crawling.
Re: Published docs will be crawlable soon kagashe 9/25/09 1:45 AM
At present I can't use my own CSS on Google Sites but I can use it in Google Doc, publish it and put it on Google Site in iframe. This Doc put in iframe is not crawled at present.

With this change this Doc will be crawled, therefore, for all practical purposes it becomes part of the web site.

Did I understand correctly?
Re: Published docs will be crawlable soon BP1 9/25/09 9:47 AM
Can you also add a search that shows which of users documents are published.
Right now you could have published documents.  And a year later forget about them.
So we need to know which documents are published.

Looking forward to the new search feature.

thank you. 
Re: Published docs will be crawlable soon Gill 9/25/09 9:48 AM
Yes, I think so - because the link to the doc in the iframe is in the code for the main web page, so the iframe doc is indeed "linked to from a publicly crawled webpage".
Re: Published docs will be crawlable soon Taa Dixon 9/26/09 7:55 AM
Good to know...this is big news and can potentially have a big impact for small businesses looking to maximize organic SEO. I haven't used Google docs yet, but now that I see pages will be indexed I am re-thinking my strategy going into 4th quarter. Thanks!! www.Twitter.com/720media
Re: Published docs will be crawlable soon Docs Rocker 10/6/09 5:52 PM
wow, this is going to be really cool! I'm going to be looking foward to this new feature! Good luck google!
Re: Published docs will be crawlable soon MattCole 2/17/10 3:06 AM
Hi - does this mean that documents inserted into my site will be searchable by the 'Search this Site' function? Uptil now anything inserted as a Google doc into the site has been invisible to this.