How Do You Rank A Google Web Stories ? [ Blogging Sir ]

A Web Story is a visual and interactive way to present information on the web. It is a full-screen, scrollable format that uses a combination of text, images, and video to tell a story or present information. Web Stories are similar to traditional articles or blog posts, but they are designed to be more engaging and immersive.

Web Stories are created using a tool called Google Web Stories, which is a part of the Google Workspace suite of productivity tools. They can be created and edited using a drag-and-drop interface, making it easy for anyone to create a Web Story, even if they have no coding or design experience.

Web Stories can be shared on the web and on social media platforms, and they are optimized for mobile devices. They can be used for a variety of purposes, such as to showcase products, tell a story, or provide information about a particular topic.

Web Stories are a relatively new format and are gaining in popularity as a way to present information on the web in a more engaging and interactive way.

Google Web Stories are ranked in Google search results based on a variety of factors, including the relevance and quality of the content, the user experience of the Web Story, and the overall authority and credibility of the website hosting the Web Story.

The short answer is – yes, Web Stories matter.

With over 5.6 Billion searches per day, if they choose to make Web Stories stand out in search engine results pages, this is very likely to lead to a higher click-through rate for websites that take the few minutes it takes to go through the following setup process.

The “Stories” format in the various instances we’ve seen across the internet – whether on Facebook, Instagram, and even Snapchat – is undeniably increasing in popularity & one might argue it’s on its way to becoming the norm for content consumption.

In this post, we’ll walk you through how to do search engine optimization of Google Web Stories with the Rank Math.

First, we’ll install the Web Stories plugin. It is an official plugin developed by Google and is available in the WordPress repository.

To install the plugin, navigate to the Plugins section from your WordPress Dashboard. Click on Add New and search for Web Stories in the search bar.

Add Web Stories Plugin

The plugin will start installing, and it might take a few seconds to finish with the installation. Once it is done, click the Activate button to activate the plugin.

Activate Web Stories Plugin
You should now see a Stories menu item in WordPress, using which you should be able to create stories. But, before you do so, you need to perform some steps to optimize them to maximize your chances of getting traffic.

Stories Menu Item

Enable-Google-Web-StoriesRank Math has a module for optimizing Google Web Stories already, but you will need to activate it to use it. Head over to Rank Math > Dashboard and look for the Google Web Stories module. Make sure the toggle is turned on.

stories-titles-and-metaThe next step is to configure the metadata for the stories. Head over to Rank Math > Titles and Meta. You’ll find a new tab called Stories there. Click on it to open its settings.

Inside the settings, you’ll be able to customize the following.

 Single Story Title: You can configure the title using Rank Math variables.
– Story Archive Title: You can configure the title of the archive pages.
 Story Archive Description: You can enter the description of the stories for the archive pages.
 Schema Type: Only the Article type is supported as of now
– Headline: This option configures the meta title
– Article Type: Choose from one of 3 options. You can also leave it at default values
 Story Robots Meta: This option lets you configure the robots meta of the story. If disabled, the global meta will be used.
– Thumbnail for Facebook: This option lets you add or upload an image for your social networks.
– Slack Enhanced Sharing: When this option is enabled, enhanced link previews will be available for your story when they are shared on Slack.

4. Create Your Story

add-new-storiesNow it is time to create a story. You can create one from scratch by using the Add New option in the Stories menu item. Google has also included some story templates which you can access from Dashboard > Templates.

Here is what the story interface looks like. If you’ve used a browser-based graphic-design tool like Canva or others, you will see the resemblance immediately. That’s good as you will be able to start using the editor immediately.

Interface Of The Story Creator
The editor is pretty simple to use. You can add photos, videos, text, and shapes to create a story. The images and videos are fetched from your gallery, and you can upload media from the story interface directly.

Here is a quick overview.


Overall, the interface is pretty simple, and anyone can use it. We believe that as the story features become more mature, more features and templates will be added.

Pro-tip: Although the shapes are pretty basic, they act as masks as well. You can drop in an image, and it will be clipped to the mask automatically.

Before publishing, make sure to have a look at the Document options. Some of those will need to be configured from your end before publishing the story—for example, the Poster Image, Publisher Logo, and the permalink. The permalink will be auto-generated if you’ve given your story a title.

Document Options
Once your story is ready, you can publish it by clicking the Publish button on the top right.


Here is how the story will appear on your website. If you add more pages to your story, you will be able to scroll through them.


Stories can exist as standalone posts, for the lack of a better word, on your website, and they can be embedded inside your posts as well. Here is how to do that.

When you publish a story, you will get the option to add it to a new post.

Create New Post With Story Embedded

If you click the Add To New Post button, a new post will be created on your website with the story embedded.

Story Embedded In A Post

To manually add any story to a post, head over to Stories > All Stories. Right-click the View option next to your story and copy its link. You can also open the story in a new tab and copy the URL from the address bar.

Copy The Link Of A Story

Next, head to your post and search for the Web Story block. It should be under the embeds section.

Add The Web Story Block On The Post

Click on Insert from URL and paste the URL of your story. Click Enter.

Embed Story Using Story Url

Your story will be embedded in the post.

Manually Embedded Story Preview

Most bloggers do have financial incentives when creating content—why should stories be any different? Of course, you need to balance your content to keep your audience engaged, but it is good to know that there is a financial incentive to create story-based content.

Currently, there are 2 ways to monetize stories. Ads and affiliate sales.

Ads work similarly to Google Adsense, where sponsored stories will be added to your stories at some intervals. You can use the Google Ads Manager to manage story ads. Google DV360 can also be used, but it is currently in beta, similar to stories. Support for more servers might be added in the future.

Currently, sponsored stories can only link to other stories, and the user can easily exit the story landing page. The story landing page can contain a CTA, which, if clicked by the user, can take them to a regular web landing page.

The second method to monetize stories is affiliate sales. These are pretty straightforward. If you noticed in the story editor, you could assign URLs to multiple fields in the story.

Options To Add Urls To Story Elements

You can enter your affiliate URLs in the field as they should just as well as regular links. But, it is recommended that you don’t overdo it as Google has indicated that this is taken into consideration when evaluating the quality of Web Stories. Also, sponsored stories can’t have clickable elements, only a CTA button at a fixed position.

Stories live on their own URLs, and they can be embedded in WordPress posts as well. Since there is no information on how stories will appear in Google Search (or when), currently, the best course of action is to convert your posts into a short-form story-like format. The idea being that if anyone visits your page and doesn’t want to read all the information on a page, they can watch the stories and get an overview of the topic quickly. We might consider adding a bunch of stories to this article as well.

As and when the use of stories expands, this strategy can evolve, but for now, this seems the best course of action.

With the help of Web stories, you can now shrew away the text-heavy content and engage your audience with amazing and captivating animations and videos. This makes Stories look different from normal web pages. As the audience gets more attracted towards visuals as compared to text, the visually rich Web Stories fulfill their needs.

Web Stories make it easier to create engaging and wonderful content for your audience with ease. Web Stories achieve effective audience engagement. Web stories make the creation of stories very easy even from a technical perspective.

As the Web Stories load very fast and are visually appealing they have more audience engagement. This results in low bounce rates and attracts natural links and shares which ultimately helps to improve search engine rankings.

Web Stories have more visuals as compared to text. Hence they are easier to create as the format has preset flexible layout templates, standard UI controls, and components for sharing. There is a lot of scope for creativity as there are good interactive elements such as buttons and videos that are available.

In Web Stories format, there are good readable snippets and the most engaging visuals that attract more audience. The navigation is extremely smooth and interactive Web Stories helps to grab the audience’s attention to a great extent.

With the help of affiliate links, monetization becomes very easy in Web Stories. It becomes easy for advertisers to reach a unique set audience with the help of Web Stories.

And that’s all! Now you’re off to the races. Be one of the earlier publishers to actually implement this now so you can benefit when Google starts using Web Stories to inform the future of search engine results pages.

How to Make a Web Story Amazing for UX and Visually Appealing?

Let us now look at some of the factors that will help you to create good UX and make your Web Stories visually appealing.

1 Use Jump-Links to Connect the Web Story with the Valuable Contents of Your Article

Making use of jump links will make it easy for your audience to find out what they are actually looking for easily. Jump links are nothing but the direct links that help the audience to jump to your article’s relevant section.

If you are able to quickly engage your audience with the most valuable content by driving them to that piece of content seamlessly then your mission is accomplished. Hence making use of jump-links helps to make your Web Stories visually appealing.

2 Add Numbers to Each Step of the Web Story and Be Precise

You can add numbers to each step of your Web Story so that your audience can clearly understand the position. It also helps to increase the visual appearance of your Web Stories.

Huge blocks of text will not attract your audience and they might find these large pieces of text simply boring to read. Hence adding numbers will increase the content scannability and will make your Web Stories structured in an easy to read way.

Videos and animations make your Web Stories more visually appealing and attract more audience. You can be as creative as you want by making good use of the animating objects and create captivating videos.

Your Web Stories will gain more traffic if you are authentic with your Stories. Nobody likes to see repetitive things again. Try to be different from others and make your Stories interesting with your own thought process.

Authentic Stories grab more audience attention as compared to others. Be clear and write something you are passionate about. To rank well on Google, you need to nurture your brand by building its expertise, authority, and trustworthiness (E-A-T). Hence being authentic will make your Web Stories more amazing.

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