Google JUST SAYS NO to Overpagination.

Google says “HELL NAH, MULTI-PAGE” and promises to provide results for view-all over paginated articles.

From the Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:

Therefore, to improve the user experience, when we detect that a content series also contains a single-page version (e.g. page-all.html), we’re now making a larger effort to return the single-page version in search results. If your site has a view-all option, there’s nothing you need to do; we’ll work to do it on your behalf. Also, indexing properties, like links, will be consolidated from the component pages in the series to the view-all page.

This is welcome news for those of us who hate unnecessary pagination of an article. It’s a nice touch that Google’s post includes best practices for making pagination more usable (instead of doing what I’d do, which is to say, “HEY GUYS, your 12-page, 10-image post on the top quarterbacks of all time AIN’T GONNA CUT IT ANYMORE, YO.”)

But what about the pageviews? IS ANYBODY THINKING ABOUT THE PAGEVIEWS?

2 Comments:

  1. I do love this, but I hope publishers don’t just drop single-page versions altogether.

    Then again, maybe this will spur The AV Club to finally *create* single-page versions of their long pieces.

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