Technical SEO

Writing to temporary storage in a Google Cloud Function using Node JS

Here’s a quick example on how to do this. I recently had to store an intermediary response before shipping the data off to another resource (API to BigQuery) and wanted to take advantage of BigQuery’s free loading versus streaming. From the Google docs, “The only writeable part of the filesystem is the /tmp directory, which …

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Did it update? Playing with Google’s new Indexing API and getting pages crawled immediately

Google’s new Indexing API support page say “it can only be used to crawl pages with either job posting or livestream structured data”, but of course I was curious and it turns out that we can get regular pages crawled as well, and damn fast. Google’s indexing API for livestream and job postings (posted Dec …

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How to get Google’s cached copy of a page and text version with parameters

If you can’t get the cached version the good old fashioned way by typing cache:www.example.com into Google search for some reason (other than the page not being indexed or having the noarchive tag), use this URL: https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:https://www.example.com If you want the text version of the cache, add &strip=1 to the end like so: https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:https://www.example.com&strip=1 

How to extract title & meta data using Gdocs, Xpath and ImportXml

I’m pretty sure everyone knows I have an unhealthy obsession with Google docs, and the wonderful things it can achieve. Paul from Clixfuel.com asked how to get common meta data from a webpage quickly using ImportXML, so here it is: 1) Get the meta description //meta[@name=’description’]/@content 2) Get the title //title 3) Get the keywords //meta[@name=’keywords’]/@content” Okay, let’s go ahead …

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