Google Authority Stacks: Using Google's Owns Properties Against Them

Google Authority Stacks: Using Google's Owns Properties Against Them

You want to add to your link building campaign but wouldn’t want to go as far as building a private blog network (PBN). Or maybe you do have a PBN already but find it lacking.

What do you do?

Well, have you considered using Google Authority Stacks?

In this post, we’ll discuss the inner workings of authority stacks and how you can start a link building campaign off of that idea.

So, whether you want to grow your site's authority and search rankings or are a backlink seller and want to offer additional services to your clients, you don't want to miss this one!

What Are Google Authority Stacks?

While “Google Authority Stacks” might sound foreign, chances are you already know what they are. You’ve probably even used them in the past.

These stacks are part of Google’s suite of products, which can be found under Google Drive. The most notable examples are Google Docs, Google Forms, and Google Sheets.

Some stacks live outside Google Drive but still fall under the Google umbrella. These would be your Google Maps, Google Photos, and Google Sites.

All of these are open for anyone to use. This means anyone can create a Google account and create private or public documents.

Here’s your goal:

You want to create a network of crawlable files set to Public. That way, all search engines can crawl them and pass link equity to your money site.

It’s another take on domain authority stacking.

Below is an example of a Google Doc file that’s been crawled by Google.

If you notice, a link has been inserted into the document. You want to do this on all available Google properties for maximum impact.

Google crawls a lot of pages that are hosted under its subdomains.

Below is an example of recipe-related Google files that appear in the SERPs. These were all created using Google Docs.

There are even more examples. Here are several pages that prove that even Google Slides can be indexed.

Want more?

Here are examples of Google Sheets that appear in the SERPs.

To be clear, we used the INURL command to find these Google files in the SERPs. The likelihood of these appearing through organic search is unlikely.

But that’s not the point. What we’re trying to prove here is that Google stacks are crawlable.

That means Google can crawl the links inside!

Now, about the content...

Most of these crawled pages have subpar content.

You don’t want to populate your stacks with a terrible copy. They should still be relevant and useful for Google’s users.

Basically, treat Google stacks as you would a landing page with high-quality content.

The Benefits of Google Stacks

For a better appreciation of what a Google Stack can do for you, let’s talk about its impact on SEO.

There are three main reasons why you’d want to implement this type of strategy.

Building Links

Let’s start with the obvious.

Link building is the cornerstone of search engine optimisation. Having your links on Google properties means getting backlinks from a trusted domain.

Build a network of stack links and have them pointed to either a Google site or your money site directly. We recommend the former.

The best part?

There’s no evidence that shows Google penalising its stacks.

And while that can change, you can try this approach now without the imminent risk of getting punished for your actions.

Rank for Your Keyword

Articles from Google Docs and other stacks don’t necessarily appear on SERPs. However, linking them to your money site and using the right anchor texts can get your primary domain to rank.

You can do this by creating exceptional content optimised for your main keyword.

This gives you a better chance of outperforming your competition.

Now, some SEOs will tend to disagree. However, building a Google stack for SEO has existed for quite some time.

Take this Reddit thread from 2015:

A few years later and some SEOs still stand by the strategy’s effectiveness.

Manage Your Reputation Temporarily

Are you seeing negative feedback on search results for your brand?

Do you want them gone?

While there are many ways to do so, your Google stack can help you remove these damaging reviews from page one.

Well, temporarily, at least.

You can populate the SERPs with pages that use your brand name as their primary keyword.

Your short-term goal?

To replace negative reviews with pages that you have absolute control over.

And while those are up, you can pump out high-quality landing pages that could replace all the negative press your business has received.

I know you’re probably wondering. Is Google Sites even that powerful?

Will they even show up in the top ten search results?

Is this possible?

Well, yes!

Take this example from SEO Simon Leung. He reveals in his YouTube video that he used Google Sites to rank for the search term “internet millionaire secrets”.

Did he succeed?

Well, take a look:

Not only did his Google site reach page one of the SERPs, but he’s also currently in the number one spot!

And he used Google’s own property to get there.

So at this time, there is no reason to believe that Google Sites are a waste of time.

It can replace some of the negative articles about your business in the search results if the strategy is implemented correctly.

Should I Use Google Authority Stacks?

When you think about it, building a Google stack isn’t that far off from a web 2.0 blog strategy.

You can even compare it to PBNs without the risk of getting penalised. Again, no cases of Google penalising a site for adding links to crawlable Google stack documents exist.

Plus, they’re free to use–it’s literally a risk-free link building strategy at this point!

Possibly, the only thing going for it is that a Google stack won’t compare to PBN’s powerful links when done correctly.

But let’s assume you already have PBNs in place. Or you’re looking for a much safer way to build white hat links to your site. Creating a Google stack linking to your tier sites and money pages is a good strategy to test and monitor.

Now, there are SEOs who think this whole strategy is pointless and desperate. However, there are also those who see the value in it.

As one SEO argues:

“Imagine you give this sheet away for free and your audience can post it on their drive and homepage, social media platforms, etc. If the sheet contains a link back to your page - wouldn't that be a total natural/organic link building?”

And he does have a point. Why wouldn’t a Google stack be treated like any other webpage that delivers useful content?

This is probably the reason why Google properties still appear in the search results.

Again, let’s take Google Sites as an example.

There are far better-looking sites than the ones Google has to offer, and its outdated design templates might turn off their own users.

And yet, there is ranking severe power and high domain authority behind sites built on Google’s platform.

Tom Crandall shares in his blog post that he came across a Google site for a keyword he was researching. So he tried building one for himself.

“As far as setup is concerned, I only created 2 pages.  The Home page and the Contact page. The links on the site point back to my website.”

He came away with the conclusion that Google sites do work.

“From what I am currently seeing in Google SERPs, Google appears to give websites created using Google Sites a bit more love and rank them higher than they should.”

So at the very least, don’t you think that Google stacks strategy is worth checking out?

If it does more harm than good, you can delete them anytime.

You don’t have to hire a designer or a writer. You can generate the content yourself using ChatGPT.

They take so little time to set up too.

And as we’ve pointed out — you’re in complete control.

It’s a no-brainer, really!

Link Structure of Your Google Authority Sites

Now, it might be tempting to create a bunch of Google files and spam them with backlinks pointing to your money site.

Please don’t be that guy.

We don’t recommend linking your Google stack directly to your money site.

There’s a better way of going about this.

Abusing your Google stack will definitely raise some flags.


You’re creating a backlink network using Google products. Just because there’s no evidence that Google penalises sites with backlinks from its platforms, it does not stand that they won’t do so in the future.


You should create a Google site and use it as a buffer. You can then link the Google site to your money site.

This way, you’re amplifying the most valuable pages linking to you while increasing your ranking in the process.

So, what should your Google backlink network look like?

Here’s a simple chart that shows what the ideal structure should look like.


You can replace the money site with a tier-1 page, i.e., guest posts, link inserts.

As you’ve probably noticed, none of the stacks directly point to the money site.

Instead, all stacks lead to the Google site instead.

You embed all stacks in the Google site and add a link to your main domain.

This way, your Google site will act as a barrier and protect your money site from any possible fallout.

How to Create Your Own Google Authority Stacks for Link Building

You’ve heard us mention Google Sites several times now.

So... how exactly do you make one from scratch?

In this section, we’ll walk you through the process.

We’ll also show you how to create the other stacks needed for this strategy.

You should have a better idea of how you can leverage Google properties once we’re through.

Create a Google Site

Building your very own Google site is easier than you might think.

Even beginners shouldn’t have any issues launching their site.

To start, log into Google Drive. Under New, navigate to More > Google Sites.


Google will then generate a bland, generic site.

Trust us: you don’t want to use that.

Fortunately, one of Google Sites’ best features is its easy-to-use interface that makes customisation a breeze.

Customising a Google Site

Let’s start with the header.

Clicking on your page title will make the text editable.

Next, head on over to the sidebar. Here, you’ll find several elements at your disposal.

You can insert text and images. You can embed links. If you want to make edits to the layout itself, you can do so with a click of a button.


To insert a new element, select one from the list and add it to your page. Elements can be moved around and reshaped if needed.

Alternatively, you can double-click anywhere on the page to bring out the quick selection menu.

Moving on to the important bit.

You can embed Google stacks on your site. This means adding Google Docs or Slides to your new webpage.

To do so, click Embed. A pop-up window will appear. Select from one of two options:

  • Embed by URL
  • Add an embed code

If you already have the Google file saved to your drive, we suggest you go the URL route, as it is the easier option.

Google will treat the embedded files as backlinks.

Adding Keywords

It’s not enough that you have embedded files in your new site.

You will also need to add a few LSI keywords so Google can better understand what your page is about.

Now, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t add keywords without doing some research.


Because it defeats the very purpose of your authority stack strategy.

Let’s use an example.

You need your money site to rank for a term like “best VPN reviews”. What do you do?

The best approach is to research semantic keywords and add them to your Google site. For example, “top-rated VPN services” would be a good keyword to focus on.

Your priority keywords should be added to your Google site.


You will still need keywords for the Google stacks that will link to your site. Save your lesser keywords for those.

This approach will help increase the co-citation between Google and your money sites.

Create the Other Stacks

Making your Google stacks is just as easy as building your site. Most tools you’ll need are conveniently located in your Google Drive.

Simply click New in Google Drive’s dashboard to access the stacks.

Clicking on any of the stacks will automatically start a new document.

You want to make the most out of the Google properties at your disposal. Here’s a list of the stacks you can embed on your page:

  • Google Docs
  • Google Slides
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Forms
  • Google Drawings
  • Google Profiles
  • Google My Maps

The rest of your keywords (from the KW research you did for your Google site) should be in your Google files.

The content in your stacks must be high-quality.

You can’t just copy-paste content from other sites and use them for your Google Doc or Sheet.

The copy should also resonate with readers. After all, you wouldn’t want your site trust to drop because users find your content useless.

Also, don’t forget to include business information like your NAP (name, address, phone), brand logo, social media links, and other details you feel are needed.

Important: Your business details must be consistent.

Lastly, make sure all your files are linking to the Google site you created.

Going back to our keyword example from earlier, if your main keyword is “top rated VPN services” then your Google Doc can push the KW “what makes a good VPN”.

You can also create a Google Form and target another related KW.

Use Google Sheets to create a list of products, services, resources, or guides. For our example, we’ll create a spreadsheet to list down the best VPN services.

We’ll be using the KW “top rated VPN services”.

You can even include a Google Drawing or Slide to insert graphs from VPN sites.

When you’re done, save all files in the same folder. Use your target KW as the folder name.

You can also store all the images you used in your Google site in the same folder.

In this example, we used “VPN Recommendation” as the folder name since it’s one of the unused keywords from our research.

Edit the Google Site Using the Created Stacks

Now comes the great part: stitching it all together.

You will now embed all the stacks on the Google site you created.

Don’t worry.

This is going to be easy.

To embed a file, simply copy the URL and paste it anywhere on the website while in draft mode. You can then move it around and place it anywhere you wish.

You can also use the Embed link in the sidebar and insert links that way.

Embed all your files and add some text and images to make your page more appealing.

When you’re finished, you should have something that looks like the example below.

Once you’re able to accomplish all this, you’re ready for the next step.

Publish Your Site

When you’re ready, you can edit your sharing settings and publish your page.

Let’s begin with the former.

To adjust your sharing options, click Share With Others.

A new window will pop up. Here, you’ll be able to edit your sharing settings.

Under Published, click Change.

In the next screen, be sure to tick Anyone Can Find and View the Published Version.

That way, your site will be crawlable for Google and users.

When you’re finished and ready, click the Publish button located on the upper-right side of the dashboard.

Enter a valid URL, then click Publish once more. This will get your site online.

Content Promotion

Isn’t this exciting?

Now we’re almost done!

All that’s left to do is to promote your money and Google site on social media to get some traction.

You can post a tweet, an FB post with a link to the two domains, or pin an image on Pinterest.

This would build an online presence using the different stacks available.


Google entity stacking is not as hard as you think.

When you’ve implemented every link building technique in the book, using a Google site might be worth looking into.

To build your own campaign, all you need to do is follow the steps listed below.

  1. Open a Google account.
  2. Build a Google site.
  3. Do some keyword research.
  4. Create new Google stack documents (Doc, Sheets, Slides, etc.).
  5. Embed the stacks to your Google site.
  6. Write useful copy.
  7. Launch the site.
  8. Promote on social media.


While Google Authority Stacks are great for link building, you should keep in mind that this strategy shouldn’t be your first option.

It should complement other tiered link-building strategies.

So, it’s best if you focus on other link-building techniques before resorting to Google domain stacking.

As mentioned, try to link all your stacks to your Google site, and then have that link go to your money site.

This extra level of precaution will help protect you should Google start penalising sites that practice DA stacking or trust tiering.

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