Google has confirmed it’s aware of indexing issues affecting content in Google News.The company says this is not related to the Google Search indexing issue, which was resolved last week.As stated by Google’s Danny Sullivan in the tweet above, the issue is currently being diagnosed.Based on the company’s recent track record, I expect we’ll see further updates as soon as Google figures out when the problem might be fixed.In the meantime, I would imagine there’s nothing publishers can do until Google fixes the issue on their end.Google News vs. Google SearchGoogle News isn’t like Google Search where you can re-submit pages for indexing with the URL inspection tool. Google is more selective about the content it allows in the Google News index.In addition to following the webmaster guidelines, publishers in Google News also have to adhere to a unique set of content policies and technical guidelines.If a publisher has met all those requirements they then … [Read more...] about Google is Experiencing Indexing Issues With Content in Google News
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The Google Webmaster blog has recently released a list of tips for how you can succeed in Google News this year, which includes best practices and general advice. In this post, we will break down the main best practice tips for news content success. What is Google News? Google News is Google’s own collection of news from a massive range of sources from around the world. In English alone, it collects articles from over 4,000 sites. Google is an unbiased news source as it gathers information from multiple perspectives and is a highly-respected and trusted source. Since Google News has such a large aggregate, you can imagine just how highly reputable an article has to be in order for it to be ranked highly in the algorithm – which doesn’t help that this is constantly changing and evolving. This means it’s important to stay on your toes and implement smart search marketing by taking in all the information Google provides. So you want to succeed in Google News this … [Read more...] about Five Up-To-Date Ways to Succeed in Google News in 2019
Last week, Google promised to shut down Google News in Spain after a new Spanish law required them to pay licensing fees for content included in Google News.Google has changed the Google News home page in Spain, which is at news.google.es to redirect to this help article. We’re incredibly sad to announce that, due to recent changes in Spanish law, we have removed Spanish publishers from Google News and closed Google News in Spain. We understand that readers like you may be disappointed, too, and we want to share the reasons behind this decision.Google News is a free service, loved and trusted by hundreds of millions of users around the world and available in more than 70 international editions, covering 35 languages. It includes everything from the world’s biggest newspapers to small, local publications and bloggers. Publishers can choose whether or not they want their articles to appear in Google News -- and the vast majority choose to be included for very good reason. … [Read more...] about Did Google Shut Down Google News In Spain?
Google announced they have added a new supported user agent that can be used to block Google from indexing stories specifically on Google News. You can now specific the user agent Googlebot-News in your robots.txt file to exclude documents from being crawled and displayed in Google News. Google has several user agents for controlling how Google has access to your content. They have Googlebot, Googlebot-Image and so on. Each can be used to block specific content from showing up in specific Google search properties. In an effort to please some of the news providers, Google announced yesterday an amendment to the first click free program, allowing publishers to restrict it to the first five free accesses per user each day. This is Google’s second move to show publishers how they can manage their content in Google News. The Google Webmaster Blog post has a lot more technical details on how to use this new user agent in your robots.txt file. Also see Josh Cohen Of Google News On … [Read more...] about Google Adds Googlebot-News User Agent To Allow Blocking Google News
Google has decided to shut down Google News in Spain. This drastic step will occur next week (December 16) and is the result of a recently passed Spanish law that would have compelled Google to pay licensing revenues to Spanish publishers if their content appeared in Google News — even headlines. Some Spanish publishers, including newspaper group AEDE, had tried to turn Google into a source of mandatory licensing revenue through an ill-conceived copyright and anti-piracy law that would have required fees for even the smallest bits of content in Google News. The law is slated to go into effect on January 1, 2015. Google’s preemptive move will not affect traditional search results where news content will still appear. In a blog post this evening the company explained its decision: [S]adly, as a result of a new Spanish law, we’ll shortly have to close Google News in Spain. Let me explain why. This new legislation requires every Spanish publication to charge services … [Read more...] about Strict New Copyright Law Forces End Of Google News In Spain