Preparing a blog for Google News

It’s come to my attention that a fair amount of traffic can be had if your blog is approved for Google News. With that in mind this blog post will attempt to chronicle the steps necessary in order to to have your blog approved for Google news consumption. one important thing to keep in mind here is that news will not just index or accept any content.

Google is rather picky about what they except for syndication, they look at a few factors to determine which news sources to accept. After all if they were not picky Google News would be full of spam and junk and no one would be interested in what was there. Instead you must create a trustworthy and useful news resource.

Of course, not just any site will be accepted into Google News, it is recommend that you should be producing real news content on a daily basis. this should be done before you even consider submitting your site to the Google News service. We don’t want to see SEO shams competing to get past the editorial filters.

Okay, Now that that’s out of the way let’s take a look at the technical requirements:

  • You can help the Google crawler gather articles correctly by ensuring that each that displays articles full text has a unique URL that ever changes. Google will not include sites in Google News at this point multiple copies of the same articles at the same URL.
  • The URL for each article also should contain a unique number consisting of at least three digits.
  • Remember that Google cannot include sites for which the URL of your main page includes the date. URLs with dates in them often change. This prevents Google from crawling the site for new content, as Google is unable to detect the most current URL to be crawled.
  • Google’s automated bot works best when it is crawling with regular HTML links. Google is still unable to crawl image links or links embedded within JavaScript.

In addition to the technical requirements you must still make a case as to why your blog should be accepted. You could do this by providing relevant information about the site including the historical background, describing any awards site has received. In addition you wish to provide stats about the site.  You can also discuss who links to your site (especially popular sites). In addition make sure you have news related or mostly news related content.

2 Replies to “Preparing a blog for Google News”

  1. This is a new information that I've learned in your blog. Google is indeed very complex and unpredictable. It is always useful to understand how google behaves inorder for you to take advantage of it's services.

  2. This is a new information that I've learned in your blog. Google is indeed very complex and unpredictable. It is always useful to understand how google behaves inorder for you to take advantage of it's services.

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