In the past few days there has been an uptick in complaints from Google News publishers around Google not indexing their new news content. Gary Illyes from Google did a rare appearance on Twitter to say he passed along the feedback to the Google News team to investigate.You can scan through the Google News Help forums and see a nice number of complaints. Also David Esteve, the SEO at the Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, posted his concerns on Twitter.This site seems to be indexed fine. You can see on Google News - please click the follow link as a favor while there - that our stories are recent and being listed.I did look at the El Confidencial Digital in Google News and it seems there are a lot of recent articles being shown there.So I am not sure exactly what is wrong, I know with my site, most of my articles are crawled, indexed and ranked in Google News.But there are a nice number of complaints.It is unclear if this is related to the discovery problems with Google News that … [Read more...] about Google News Publishers Complaining About Indexing Issues
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After months of complaints in the Google News Help forums from some Google News publishers saying their content is not being surfaced or discovered by their audience in Google News, Google said they are investigating. Lisa Wang from Google wrote the other day "We're aware of the concerns some publishers have raised about issues around finding their sites or particular articles in Google News. We're looking into the reports and will provide an update soon."Some publishers are complaining that the only way to find their site in Google News is to do a site command. Otherwise, if you search for topics they've written about, their site does not rank in Google News.It is unclear if Google made a change to the Google News ranking algorithm, or if there is a bug with Google News, a bug with these specific publishers sites or something else.All I know is that there are many complaints from many publishers and Google finally said they are investigating those complaints.I did hear off the … [Read more...] about Google To Investigate Google News Publishers Concerns Over Discovery
Google published on the webmaster blog some tips and advice around doing well in Google News. All of the tips and advice are known and have been published in Google's help docs - which makes you wonder, why is Google putting a new blog post out there that is near duplicate to what Google has published elsewhere? Maybe - this is a guess - Google is getting ready to penalize a set of publishers in Google News for violating some of their guidelines?I wrote up a summary of what Google wrote at Search Engine Land. In short, Google said check out the news publisher center, make sure your headlines are clear and accurate, make sure your article timestamps are correct, the structured data is correct, etc. It also goes into saying do not "artificially freshening stories" or produce duplicate content, rewritten content, republished content, etc that doesn't add any added value to the reader. Make sure to follow Google's content policies and do not do stuff against the webmaster guidelines. … [Read more...] about Is Google Getting Ready To Punish Google News Publishers In Violation?
Google's Lisa Wang said yesterday, about 12 hours ago, that they fixed the indexing issues some news publishers were experiencing. In short, news publisher's content would not show in the web search results, for hours and sometimes days, after the content was indexed. Google says this is now resolved.Lisa Wang from Google wrote in the ongoing Google News Help thread "The issue has been fixed. There is no action you need to take on your end. Thank you for raising this and for your patience as we worked to resolve."I tried it myself and I was able to find an article I posted minutes ago indexed and ranking both in web search and news search.Web Search:News Search:Yesterday, I was unable to see my stories in web search hours and hours after they were published. Now they all seem to be coming up fine, at least for me.Although, not all publishers are confirming their issues are resolved. Here are some comments in the thread after Lisa posted that this was fixed:Hi Lisa. The problem is … [Read more...] about Google: We Fixed Web Indexing Issues With Google News Publishers
Since before October we have been covering issues uncovered by news publishers that their content is not being properly indexed and ranked in both Google News and Google web search. Well, after Google said they fixed it numerous times, there are still publishers who claim the issue is not resolved.We saw the issue with this site, but I haven't seen the issue come back since it was resolved earlier on. So it might be a new issue or just specific issues with some specific publishers? I am not sure.The ongoing Google News Help thread has some complaints popping up again:Since yesterday we have delay. It takes 1-2 hours between publishing and indexing. Do you know about this google news problem? We checked all of technics and everything is ok. Our site, investomania.co.uk is seeing delays in indexing today, with some articles not yet having been indexed in Google News. It was working fine until today, but we are now experiencing problems. Hopefully you can look into this ASAP.Yes I can … [Read more...] about Google News Publishers Continue To Have Indexing/Ranking Issues