Hmm, I have two site as sources in G News.
I would imagine if Google are now becoming a publisher of news that it will mean less traffic to other sites, especially those using the same agencies, which most do for breaking news. PLus if they weight their own agency stories higher than everyone else...
I note one newspaper says that people go to their original local stories from G News, I don't buy that. Google News does not list very local stories generally. They might gt traffic to those from bigger stories linked on G news but not direct.
I am sure glad we write nearly all our own entertainment news. It is trickier with breaking international news though bar analysis etc, in fact this will encourage rewrites of agency stories ad nauseum. Even local papers use agencies for lcoal coerage of big events, especially as money moves out of print and online circulation figures do not generate same income print ones do.
Although duplicate stories are a pain they do result in people them finding other stories on said publications. Just the current system spreads it about. It will be interesting to see how many publishers start cancelling contracts or demanding reducitons in fees from agencies supplying Google, I know I would as worth less now.
I suppose smart - build up traffic by being an aggregator (many aggregated sites promote G News) then try and supplant those you aggregate buy becoming a publisher yourself. Bit like some agencies who have the cheek to publish and try and sell news to other sites - I try and avoid those agencies. Cake and eat it?
Still if they do start to publish more and more themselves and rate those stories high in the order (news knife etc track this sort of thing) then someone else will have an opening for a new clutter-free non-publishing aggregator. A resourceful person might build a nice simple aggregator and contact all the Google News source sites ask them to join and initially promote, promise no publishing...I might buy that idea. Especially if G News traffic is set to fall...circa 20% of our traffic and I imagine many other online newspapers.
But they shoudl make up their mind if Google News to become another online newspaper as opposed to an aggregator. I don't think publishers will buy it both ways.
As for contextual ads, our world news section has an ecpm higher than about 50% of our other secttions and similar ctr...no real problems with context.
Interesting times in online news for sure.
[edited by: FattyB at 10:49 am (utc) on Sep. 1, 2007]