The Top 61 Official Google Webmaster Guidelines Documents To Know In 2018

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I recently had cause to revisit the ever-expanding ‘Google Webmaster Guidelines’ documentation.

Below is a somewhat ordered table of the top 61 **OFFICIAL** Google Webmaster Guidelines documents you should be aware of in 2018 IF you want to ensure the long-term ‘health’ of your site in Google that leads to top rankings and more traffic.

Out with the 60 documents below, I have separated this important upcoming change in Google – namely ‘Mobile First Indexing‘ – that is going to be very important in the near future and your site NEEDS to be prepared for this big upcoming change.

Once you’ve read the above link, see below for the most important website ranking guidelines published by Google:

 RankGoogle Guideline or Support DocumentsSource
1
Guidance on building high-quality websitesView
2
Main webmaster guidelinesView
3
Quality Rater’s Guide March 14, 2017 (and previous years!)View
4
Link Schemes WarningView
5
Disavow Backlinks WarningView
6
Auto-Generated Content WarningView
7
Affiliate Programs AdviceView
8
Report spam, paid links, or malwareView
9
Reconsideration requestsView
10
List of common manual actionsView
11
Use rel=”nofollow” for specific linksView
12
Adding A Site To GoogleView
13
Browser Compatibility AdviceView
14
URL Structure AdviceView
15
Learn about sitemapsView
16
Duplicate ContentView
17
Use canonical URLSView
18
Indicate paginated contentView
19
Change page URLs with 301 redirectsView
20
How Google Deals With AJAXView
21
Review your page titles and snippetsView
22
Meta tags that Google understandsView
23
Image Publishing GuidelinesView
24
Video best practicesView
25
Flash and other rich media filesView
26
Learn about robots.txt filesView
27
Create useful 404 pagesView
28
Introduction to Structured DataView
29
Mark Up Your Content ItemsView
30
Schema GuidlinesView
31
Keyword Stuffing WarningsView
32
Cloaking WarningView
33
Sneaky Redirects WarningView
34
Hidden Text & Links WarningsView
35
Doorway Pages WarningsView
36
Scraped Content WarningsView
37
Malicious Behaviour WarningsView
38
Hacking WarningsView
39
Switching to HttpsView
40
User Generated Spam WarningsView
41
Social EngineeringView
42
Malware and unwanted softwareView
43
Developing Mobile SitesView
44
Sneaky mobile redirectsView
45
Developing mobile-friendly pagesView
46
Use HTTP “Accept” header for mobileView
47
Feature phone sitemapsView
48
Multi-regional and multilingual sitesView
49
Use hreflang for language and regional URLsView
50
Use a sitemap to indicate alternate languageView
51
Locale-aware crawling by GooglebotView
52
Remove information from GoogleView
53
Move your site (no URL changes)View
54
Move your site (URL changes)View
55
How Google crawls, and serves resultsView
56
Ranking In GoogleView
57
Search Engine OptimisationView
58
Steps to a Google-friendly siteView
59
Webmaster FAQView
60
Check your site’s search performanceView

Did I miss any? Let me know.


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