I was wondering if many people out there have had their news feeds picked up by Google. One of the websites I write news is the only RSS source for it's subject (that I can find anyway). It's quite niche, and I was wondering if it is the kind of thing Google is interested in. We release 3-4 articles a day and so I submitted to their beta link a couple of months back but with no response. I not sure it's really what they're after, but I'd like to hear feedback about other people's experience as to what they look for.
Is Google News going from the RSS feed, or are they simply spidering your site (which presumably includes your latest news stories)? I'm a bit surprised that Googlebot would use the RSS.
I'm not surprised that your content would get into Google News. There's been a good bit of discussion in the online news (ie professional media) community about the lax standards, which allow press releases and student papers to be presented on a par with the New York Times.
Thanks for the feedback. My news is indeed real news. e.g. articles about local council decisions, civil development, tourism, environmental issues, etc. I just wonder if the area is too niche for something like Google news. I would like to know if people with niche news producing only 2 or 3 articles a day are included in Google news.
I am not sure to be honest. I would suggest contacting Google through their source address and ask them.
I would assume if you would see your news showing up and referred to in other media, that would help.
Keep us informed of what happens, I particularly am interested in the ins and outs of local council decisions for a council in Scotland. I am hoping to do something the same as you but perhaps for a different reason. I don't think Google will add mine - mine would be kinda like private-eye format and content only worse.