Ever wondered how some blogs appear on Google News and others don’t? Ever wanted to get your site on Google News. Google has published guidelines explaining how the process works. Do it right and you might be indexed. If you’d like a site to be included in Google News, you can also send them the URL directly.
How to Get Added to Google News
To be included in Google News, your articles (and their URLs) must be:
Each web page/blog post that display an article’s full text must have a unique URL. Google doesn’t include sites in its News that display multiple articles under one URL or that do not have links to pages dedicated solely to each article.
Google can’t/won’t crawl pages (e.g. www.yoursite.com/news.html) if it displays a different story every day. Make each post unique and permanent.
‘To ensure its links to articles function properly, each article on a news site must be associated with one unique URL, and that URL must be permanent (i.e., it can’t be recycled).’
3. Three-digit number
The URL for each article must contain a unique number consisting of at least three digits.
Google News can’t crawl this URL: http://www.google.com/news/article23.html
Google News can crawl this URL: http://www.google.com/news/article234.html
Add three unique numbers to each article.
Note: if the only number in the article consists of an isolated four-digit number that resembles a year, such as:
…Google won’t be able to crawl it.
Exception: this rule is waived with News sitemaps
Google News: How to Recommend a site for inclusion
If you’d like a site to be included in Google News, send them the URL here.
Recap: Get Added to Google News
- Three-digit numbers
That’s it. Over to you.
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