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Brand for a Google News / Magazine and some questions

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by rejoin14, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. rejoin14

    rejoin14 Regular Member

    Jul 4, 2016
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    first of all im not an native english speaker and my google news website will be in my country's language.

    I want to start an news site and later on join google news for some boost and more authority.

    Maybe some of you could answer some questions and give some tips:

    1. Should I put in my domainname / brand "news" e.g. hotnews.TLD or better go with an brandable short url something like amazon? (if I use news in domain all people know fast what is this site abount and maybe give my site more "trust" when it shows up in social media?)

    2. Is it also ok not only post news things also post something like people interested in: "This are 5 things about iPhone users" < this shouldn't be in the google news sitemap because it's no news (is something like this ok if it's not in google news sitemap? or must be my site only about news?)

    3. Since I need also a seperated sitemap (yoast sitemap for google news) could I do something like this with my categories:
    AND could I also make a category for the posted article like in 2:
    mysite.com/technology/thisare5thingsaboutiphoneusers (no news category)

    4. How much writers should I aim for are 3 in total ok?

    5. How much categories should I go for? I want to use at least 3?
  2. ContentWriter

    ContentWriter Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    May 8, 2013
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    Hi, @rejoin14.

    I would recommend 9 categories. I take good care of the daily news writing needs of dozens of Google News websites of my clients. Each website has 9 categories.
  3. hypnosec

    hypnosec Newbie

    Jul 13, 2017
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    Here's my opinion on few of your questions:

    2. You can certainly post non-news stuff as well, but make sure you only include only news in your G NEWS Sitemap. Also, when you apply for approval, make sure you point out your new and non-news content.

    3. Yes.

    4. It is better to showcase a small editorial team i.e. one/two editors and two/three writers in your About Us or Authors page. So yes three writers should be fine. If each of these writers can churn out 4-5 articles daily, you will have around 12-15 articles per day and that's a good starting point.

    5. Category count generally doesn't matter. But if you could keep them anywhere between 6-9 broad categories, it should serve the purpose.
  4. Nut-Nights

    Nut-Nights Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Jun 20, 2013
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    Dont try second option unless you get approved. 2 Writers are good for a new site. Make sure you check if there is a minimum age for site for google news approval in your country. One more thing just make it secure.