Msg#: 3167355 posted 8:01 pm on Nov 24, 2006 (gmt 0)
Nov 21: Google announced new services for sites that are Google News publishers - to give "more granular control" than robots.txt over which portions of the site are crawled and included.
Google has launched a new Sitemap protocol and additions to Google webmaster tools for Google News. This is only available to Google News publishers, so it does not pertain to any efforts around the new Sitemaps.org protocol.
...We also want to provide news organizations more visibility into which articles are ultimately included in Google News. To that end, we’re providing error reports specific to Google News that will inform webmasters of any problems we experienced crawling or extracting news articles from their pages.
Msg#: 3167355 posted 10:55 pm on Nov 27, 2006 (gmt 0)
I haven't seen any specific requests for 3 digits URLs either... but I do have another News Sitemap question:
Since a news sitemap will need to be updated much more frequently that a traditional sitemap, what are webmasters doing to accomplish this? None of the sitemap editors out there (including Google's) handle the News sitemap protocol, so it would either have to be done manually, or as Google suggests, by RSS feed. But they don't include the technical specs of the proper RSS protocol -- will any recent article feed work?
Is anyone finding one option working better than others?