Any help that an SEO can get from Google is welcome help. Sure, many will say that the information is limited and it might not tell the whole story but Google does seem to be making more efforts to appear more transparent about search and techniques related. It was just this Monday that we shared the Google video that takes you inside a search engineer meeting.
Now Google is giving SEO’s guidance on pagination. This latest advice was posted to the Webmaster Central blog and is introduced with the following:
Paginated content includes things like an article that spans several URLs/pages, or an e-commerce product category that spans multiple pages. With rel=”next” and rel=”prev” markup, you can provide a strong hint to Google that you would like us to treat these pages as a logical sequence, thus consolidating their linking properties and usually sending searchers to the first page.