We've Expanded Our Google Subscribed Links Feature: Subscribe Today

Apr 2, 2008 • 7:56 am | comments (1) by twitter mastodon | Filed Under Blog Administration

A couple days ago, I announced on my personal blog that I expanded the keyword list that triggers the Google Co-Op subscribed links from showing up.

If you don't remember, the Google Co-Op subscribed links are a way for a person who trusts your content to tell Google. Once you trust our content and Google knows it, Google will then show our content for specified keywords (that I choose) in the Google web search results. For example, a search on link building will put content that I label to be associated with link building in the fourth result. Here is a screen capture:

Google Co-Op Subscribed Links

Prior, a limited set of keywords that matched our category names would trigger Google to show our content in the subscribed links portion of Google web search. We have decided to expand that to more than 500 new keywords. I have been tagging our content since May 2007 and with over 1,700 unique tags, I thought it would be useful to add those keywords to the mix. So I added, dynamically, that tags that have three or more articles associated with them would show up. It turned out that by implementing that condition, we were able to add over 500 new query strings that would trigger the Google Co-Op from showing you relevant content from this site.

Not convinced yet? Give it a try, knowing you can always quickly unsubscribe. How do you see this in action?

(1) You must be logged into Google when searching (2) You must be subscribed to our subscribed links, so subscribed here. (3) You must search on one of our category names or tags (that match 3 or more articles).

Example queries that work:

I feel that expanding our keyword list this way would keep it relevant and also help our readers find useful and trusted content. So what do you say, subscribed now?

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