What are Google Web Stories?
Google Web Stories are a new content type that can help gain more traffic and exposure on the internet in the form of AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages). Web Stories are aimed at mobile users who prefer fast content consumption and who now corner 80-95% of internet traffic. In order to be considered for publishing in Google search, web stories should have a title with a maximum of forty characters. Each story should have between five and thirty pages along with each page containing up to ten words. The recommended font size for text is at a minimum of 24. Videos should be around 15 seconds and no longer than 60 seconds. Please read the Google Publishing Policy for more information.
Web Stories Design Editor
The web story editor allows Quick Stare users to add images and video along with headings, sub headings and body text. You can easily create new pages or duplicate and then edit pages. Each item added to a page can be customized in the design menu on the right hand panel. Simply highlight a page object and then customize the various options based on the type of object.
Adding a Title, New Pages and Cover Image
Add a web story title in the top left of the design editor. Delete, duplicate or add new pages with the icons below the design editor. Add a cover image with the document options in the menu panel on the right. Here you can also set a custom permalink along with setting the page advancement to auto or manual. You can also set the length of time for page duration.
Title and Pages
Adding Media, Text and Shapes
In the left hand menu panel of the design editor you will find the tabs to add new media, text and basic shapes. You can can upload media or choose from the library. Text can be modified for font type, size, color and many other options. You can also add web address links to any of the objects added to a page.
Heading – Text
Publishing Google Web Stories
To get started publishing web stories on Quick Stare from scratch, simply visit Create>+ Web Stories in the menu. Or to choose a template visit Streams>+ Web Stories. After publishing web stories you can copy the link to your web story and paste it into Custom Posts or anywhere else on the web that you like. Please Note: Publishing Google Web Stories to Quick Stare is in a trial and testing phase. There will be improvements and changes made over the coming weeks to enhance the user experience of this new feature.
Creating Google Web Stories
- Visit Create>+ Web Stories in the menu. Or to choose a template visit Streams>+ Web Stories.
- Enter a descriptive keyword rich title using no more than 40 characters.
- Create at least 5 to 30 web story pages.
- Add media, headings and text to each page.
- Use the design options in the right hand menu panel to customize each page.
- Add a cover image with the document options in the right hand menu panel.
- Publish the web story and then copy and paste the link into your custom posts.
Google Web Stories Example:
AMP Stories SEO
Quick Stare uses Rank Math SEO to automatically add the correct metadata that include: Story title, story description, schema type (Article), headline, article type and robots meta. You can test the validation of Google Web Stories over at the AMP Validation Tool.
Google Web Story Guidelines
Title length: A short title length of less than 40 characters.
Text: Text on each individual page should be up to 10 words.
Story length: Web stories should be between 5 and 30 pages in length.
Video: Web story videos should be around 15 seconds per page and no more than 60 seconds per video per page. Video captions should be used.