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[Tut] How to Get into Google News

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  1. M4XW3LL

    M4XW3LL Senior Member

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    Hello all,

    I was recently researching on how to get accepted to Google News, and I found this great article. I thought it's worth a share.

    How to Get into Google News ? Part 1


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    Google News
    is a popular service that is growing rapidly as it has more content and a wider audience every day. People want to get into the program as it means a lot more traffic and a lot more profit yet this is easier said than done. So how to get into Google News? Well, the simplest answer is to apply for the program, but if only it were that easy!

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    Google News will get you a lot of traffic you deserve!

    Chances are your website will be rejected very quickly when you first apply, but do not let this discourage you as you can apply again after some time. In this two-part article series we will teach you about all the requirements you need to fulfill, and be advised from the start that there are a lot of them!
    How to get into Google News check list

    Here is the general overview of all the conditions you should meet before you apply. Note that this is just a list you can return to at any given time and that will explain all the items in the list in great detail.
    How to get into Google News list:


    • Your website has been online for quite some time.
    • Your website is strictly news orientated and is not used for the promotion of any products or services other than that fact you have Google AdSense and paid banners from clients.
    • The site looks well designed and is professional.
    • Your site has several writers and their biographies and contact information should be listed on some page of your site that you will have to supply. For example, www.mynewssite.com/writers is a great URL to provide some information on your writers.
    • The URLs of articles have to be scanable, this means they should be permanent and not change over time. They should also have a unique number in the URL that consists of at least 3 digits.
    • When it comes to content you should have a lot of it, and it has to be high quality. Of course it should also be updated quite frequently.
    • There should be no copied content on your website. If you also have a part of your website that posts automatic news that are generated by a robot or script, and a part of the site that has unique original content, you can still apply, but the part of the unoriginal content of your website should not be included into the Google news.
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    A very important part of the application form.


    Advantages of joining Google News

    It doesn?t take much time to figure it out but here a solid list anyway:

    • More traffic, thus more chance of profit.
    • It will give you some high quality backlinks in no time.
    • You will become a relative authority, which means your site will have more weight on search engines.
    • Your content will be shared more often and quoted by other authors who use it for their own website which again means more traffic and backlinks.
    • Rapid and quick indexing.
    Technical requirements to join Google News

    So in the begging we asked the question how to join Google News and we provided some answers, but now we want to go into the matter with more detail. The best place to start is the technical requirements.
    All article urls for google news must be unique

    This means that all your articles must have a URL that meets certain criteria. First of all, each article must have its own URL. This easy to explain via WordPress as an example. There can be several articles on www.domain.com/tag/sports which is not a unique URL. A unique URL would be www.domain.com/news/dark-mater-found-in-space which clearly shows that it is a specific and unique article. But this URL is still not good enough for Google News. In order for the robots to crawl the article it should look something more like this: www.domain.com/news/dark-mater-found-in-space-123 and as you can see the only difference is the added numbers which represent a unique code that has to be at least three digits and not show up on other articles of your site. It is easy to edit permalink in WordPress and that?s why it is very popular among people who are aiming at getting into Google News.
    Google can?t crawl java, pdf or flash

    So keep in mind that all your content should be simple text in HTML and it will work best with Google?s robots. PDFs can not be crawled either. Stick to pure html if you want to be found by Google. Skip the fancy stuff.
    Check your sitemap and crawls

    Try to make sure that you didn?t make any settings that don?t allow robots.txt to crawl your website as this will be your downfall. If you get into Google News, you should also make a special sitemap which is not needed, but is highly recommended and is found here.


    How to Get into Google News ? Part 2


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    In part 1 of How to Get into Google News, we explained exactly how to meet all the technical requirements and went of the basics of everything else. We also saw some of the benefits and how you can use your membership in Google News to boost your traffic and revenue. But, now it is time to learn about the other requirements that you need to fulfill in order to be accepted. It is time to finish answering the question on how to get into Google news.

    Show Some Personality And Good Character

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    Google News will bring you a lot of visitors from Android phones. Make sure your site is ready for them!

    Your website will be reviewed by real people and not just by some robots. You should have a strong and clearly visible About Us page that really stands out and shows the history of your website. If it has been around for several years then there is a lot to write about. If you have awards you won or have been nominated for then make sure you clearly state that your are proud of that as it will give you more authority in the eyes of the review team.
    Please note that sites that are not at least 6 months old should not even bother applying and that those that do get into Google News are a few years of age on average. Still, it never hurts to apply.
    The Page For Your Authors

    Huffington Post makes sure they list all their authors and staff, but this format, for example, would not be viewed as the best one in the eyes of the Google staff. A much better example is the job the Chicago Tribune did on their editors page. So as you can see, including the names and emails of the writers is a great step. If you can include some physical telephone numbers then that would also be great. If you have a small number of writers then you can even include their photo and a few words about them. It will make you (and them) look very professional and raise your chances of getting into Google News.
    Original Content

    It is expected of your writers to produce high quality content that is original (unique) and you can use tools such as CopyScape to check on your writers from time to time to make sure they are not perhaps abusing your trust. You can also use the tool to find competition that may be using your articles without linking back to you.
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    Google News Is Becoming More And More Popular!

    Good Design and SEO

    Just as they would review you if you were applying for an AdSense account, the Google News team will look at your website as a whole. A bad design can cost you a lot of money that you could have earned if you got accepted but didn?t because of some of the following factors that make a design bad:

    • Free templates.
    • HTML and CSS which is not validated. Use the free validator to check your pages.
    • Adobe Flash. Often used for banners and is sometimes acceptable, but try not to overdue it.
    Make sure you are already well ranked on Google and have a solid number of daily visitors and subscribed readers. You should also consider social media integration to boost your sites traffic.
    Did you compete everything from the checklist in part 1? Well, then it is time to apply for Google News! If you get rejected do not worry it happens all the time. You will be able to apply again after some time. Use that time to think about what you did wrong and fix it.

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  2. GreyKnight

    GreyKnight Regular Member

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    Thanks for the research, OP!

    The hardest thing on getting accepted on Google News is as follows :
    - Google will not tolerate any copies. Your content must be 100% original. Spun articles are big no-no.
    - They expect you to have around 10-20 news each day. All of this news must be new.
    - Important : You can only have news articles. You may not use "how-to" articles as news. Reviews, journals, researches, papers, are not news. These news must be new each day. If the news is already old, Google won't accept that.

    I got 3 websites on Google News. Each website usually churn out 20-30 articles each day, one churning around 60-70 news each day.

    Benefits :
    - Get indexed fast. All of my articles (new ones) are indexed in under one hours, sometimes minutes after publishing.
    - Get a lot of trust.
    - Get a lot of visitors from Google News.

    Cons :
    - Must have dedicated staffs solely for news writing. This may not be feasible for a lot of people, but it's a definite need.
    - All of the news must be well written (there are a lot of rules though concerning fragmented articles, too short/long articles, old articles, etc.)
    - You need another site map, where in this sitemap you must specify if this article is news or not. You must classify it, is it editorial, opinions, news, or advertorials.
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    Lastly, be patient. The process for review is around 1-2 months.
    If you guys need some advice for Google News, you can PM me.
     
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  3. seocrab

    seocrab Senior Member

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    Niche share, thanks. Has anyone had success with syndicated news sites?
     
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    thnx for the share op!
     
  5. M4XW3LL

    M4XW3LL Senior Member

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    You're welcome op!
     
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    Awesome share - will be using this!

    UAM
     
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    Thanks for this article. I have been thinking about promoting my website by getting on Google news. I will try these steps and update my progress.
     
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    Thanks for the wonderful Share..
     
  9. Arijit-Roul

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    Really after a long time I have read such a good guide with a lots of screen shot. Really appreciate your knowledge.
     
  10. M4XW3LL

    M4XW3LL Senior Member

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    I didn't write it myself, I just thought this useful information is worth sharing. You can see the source in the end of my post. Glad you like it.
     
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    This is a great opportunity for doing a business !
     
  12. Corydoras007

    Corydoras007 Regular Member

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    I might have missed this but what is the minimum number of authors required?

    Thanks for the tut.
     
  13. hotantivirus

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    Would be interested to know this as well, Please update if anyone's got any info about it. Tried to enter twice, rejected both times.
     
  14. M4XW3LL

    M4XW3LL Senior Member

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    The chances are higher to get accepted if you apply with more than 3 authors. Also keep in mind that the authors should have real names. You're welcome mate.
     
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    Does this still work to date? :)
     
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    thanks for this info
     
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    Do Google check out domain history while considering for GOOGLE NEWS? The reason I asked this because the domain which I purchased was semi news blog of different country. Now I wanted to redevelop that domain with Indian News.
     
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    Followed all these steps and reapplied after 3 months.. But they still rejected me. Any tips? I own an entertainment website. Thanks :)
     
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    I've been trying really hard to get my news site acceptable, and it has been a long and weakening process. I've been using good oDesk writers but it's like trying to herd cats getting writers that are reliable!

    Since May I've added 115 top-quality 100% original articles. I felt pretty good about that till I saw some folk are publishing 10-20 articles a DAY!

    This sure ain't a fast buck :) I'm going to stick with it though!
     
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    Thanks for sharing this, this is really useful for business.