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The number of stories published to Google News is changing rapidly

 4:43 pm on Feb 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

I run several Web sites that publish content to Google News. Over the past 30 minutes, the number of archived stories displayed in search results in google news is wildely increasing and decreasing every few seconds. It is usually quite steady. Is anyone else seeing this with their published articles?



 8:17 pm on Feb 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

This doesn't address your question, but if you don't mind me asking, how difficult was it to get Google to accept your sites into Google news?

I have a new site that is compiling news stories on a particular topic. What criteria does Google look for in a news source?



 9:17 pm on Feb 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

They accept two types of publishers. Those that publish press releases and those that publish editorial content. You will notice a different designation in the google news search results after the name of the publisher.

You can apply online at: [google.com...]

When your stories do get indexed they will expire from Google news search results after 30 days.

I was rejected several times before my sites were eventually accepted. If you are rejected ask why and then make the changes they suggest.

Also, the problem I mentioned earlier seems to be affecting all publishers Indexed by Google news. Try a search on Google news for "Reuters", which is one of the larger news wire services in the world and the number of stories in the search results will vary from 26,900 to 13,500 to 0 each time you refresh the search. Some searches for recent news stories are returning 0 results. I suspect something is very broken.


 9:44 pm on Feb 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes, very broken. Sometimes no content is showing, then on a refresh the content shows. Refresh again and it's gone.


 10:01 pm on Feb 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thank you..thought I was going crazy.

Just ran some more tests and it seems to be fixed now.


 2:48 am on Feb 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Google news is doing something wacky... Gnews RSS feeds seem to have lost their "clustering" functions, too. I'm seeing like 50 articles with the same title, but different sources.


 4:29 pm on Feb 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

I took the Google news feeds off my Google home page because this week it just started showing crap. They changed something, but it didn't make it better. Now all I get are discussion comments from old news articles in the feeds.


 7:56 pm on Feb 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

hmm. looks like the other Gnews has changed is their outbound links. Some Gnews searches now return urls that look like gnews?url=example.com+trackingnumbers instead of the nice human-readable urls they used to have.

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